PETA Sues Photographer on Monkey’s Behalf to Give Monkey Copyright
Well I’ll be a monkeys uncle?!
Remember that copyright controversy last year between photographer David Slater and the money that took selfies with Slater’s camera back in 2011? PETA is joining in on the fracas.
The animal rights group filed a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of the monkey, a 6-year-old macaque in Indonesia named Naruto. PETA argues that Naruto is the legal copyright owner of the photos (seen above) rather than Slater, and that all proceeds from the photos should be used for the benefit of the monkey.
This story started and exploded back in August 2014 when Wikipedia posted and refused to take down the monkey selfie, arguing that Slater didn’t own the copyright since the monkey snapped the photo. Since the US Copyright Office doesn’t register copyright to animals, the photo was in the public domain, Wikipedia argued…
…Now PETA is taking the battle to court on Naruto’s behalf, filing a federal lawsuit in San Francisco to make sure the monkey gets paid. The group is arguing that the US Copyright Office’s decision to exclude animals from its system is not set in stone, but is rather “only an opinion.”