If A Monkey Snaps A Selfie, Does He Have Copyright Of It?

If A Monkey Snaps A Selfie, Does He Have Copyright Of It?

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A curious question:  if a non-human creature snaps a photo, does it own that photo?

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Aww, look at his little smile.

Naruto the monkey has taken the above photo of himself, and PETA is pushing a suit claiming that the photographer and owner of the camera, David Slater, is violating Naruto's ownership of the photo.

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PETA sued Slater after the publication of his book "Wildlife Personalities".  PETA is seeking to take control of all proceeds from the book to benefit Naruto.

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Both the attorneys for Slater and for Blurb, the publishing company, have spoken out against PETA's antics.


"Where does it end? If a monkey can sue for copyright infringement, what else can a monkey do?" said Angela Dunning, an attorney for Blurb.  

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PETA is pushing back.

"PETA is clearly representing Naruto's best interests," said Jeff Kerr, attorney for PETA.

However, Naruto failed to appear in court.  "It's like he doesn't even care," said Andrew Dhuey, Slater's attorney.  The decision of the 9th circuit appellate court is not looking to be in favor of PETA or poor Naruto.

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H/T: Time, LA Times

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