Hot! Monkey Business! PETA Sues For Rights of Monkey Selfie

Animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), claim that a macaque monkey who took a now famous selfie, should own copyright to the photo.

As the Guardian reports, PETA argue the monkey who clicked the camera button should own the copyright, with all proceeds going to the preservation of macaque’s in the wild. The photo was taken on an Indonesian island reserve, with a British nature photographer’s camera, which he had left unattended. The shot of the curious monkey has since been widely distributed, with the claim that no one owns the copyright as an animal took the photo.

Image Credit: Open.Michigan (Flickr)

The photo taken from David Slater’s camera. Image: Open.Michigan (Flickr)

Jeffery Kerr, a lawyer for PETA says of the US Copyright Act:

“The act grants copyright to authors of original works, with no limit on species […] Copyright law is clear: It’s not the person who owns the camera, it’s the being who took the photograph.”

The photographer, David Slater says he is saddened by the case, as he is an advocate for animal rights. He says the British copyright he obtained for his photo by his company Wildlife Personalities Ltd., should be honored worldwide.

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