Monkey selfie lawsuit ends in settlement after PETA argues animal's right to photo

A photographer and PETA finally settle their highly publicized lawsuit over a monkey selfie. 

In the strange case, PETA claimed copyright infringement on nature photographer, David Slater, after an Indonesian crested macaque took a photo of himself.

PETA argued that the monkey, known as Naruto, actually owned the rights to the image because he took the photo.

A lower court had actually already ruled in favor of Slater in January 2016, a ruling that PETA was appealing with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, the animal-rights group said it would drop the appeal if Slater agreed to give 25% of his future earnings from the photo to charities to protect the monkeys. Slater agreed.

PETA claimed that macaques are “sophisticated beings worthy of having legal ownership of their own intellectual property.”

The case attracted international attention and has raised complex legal questions about copyright and art involving animals. 

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