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US photographer wins ‘monkey selfie’ legal battle

British photographer David Slater won a lawsuit over the ownership of a selfie photograph that a monkey took from his camera. The lawsuit which was filed by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) sued the photographer on the basis of intellectual property rights of Indonesian macaque money named Naruto.

According to the BBC, Slater won after a two-year legal fight against the animal rights group. David Slater from Monmouthshire visited Indonesian jungle in 2011 where a macaque monkey named Naruto took images of himself on Slater’s camera.

The picture was issued in Slater’s book called Wildlife Personalities. Apart from Slater, the publisher – Blurb, was also sued for infringement. US judges stated that copyright protection act could not be applied to the monkey. But Peta urged that the animal should benefit.

The court dismissed the appeal submitted by Peta on “monkey’s behalf” but the nature photographer Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue made from the picture.

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