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Monkey can not claim copyright of selfie works

Monkeys can not claim copyright of selfie works. The selfie-snapping monkey lost copyright infringement case again in which the US appeals court on Monday declared Macaca nigra has no right to demand copyright protection and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) can not act as legal guardian in such matters as that.

The strange legal journey begins when the Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra) named Naruto takes self-pics photos of British photographer David Slater during a trip in 2011 to Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. Moved and clicked photos have become instant hits, appearing in newspapers, magazines, websites and on TV shows all over the world.

Tinuku Monkey can not claim copyright of selfie works

Slater threatened to sue Wikimedia and PETA to sue Slater and Blurb company in 2015 on the grounds that the monkey owns the copyright of the photographs and proposes that they manage all the proceeds for the benefit of the monkey.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals took the case last July with a San Francisco panel asking PETA lawyers to give reasons why the organization represents the interests of the monkeys. PETA can not represent Naruto because it can not prove that they have a relationship with the monkey that makes it possible to serve as legal guardian in court proceedings.

"The panel believes monkeys do not have legal status because the Copyright Act does not explicitly allow animals to file infringement lawsuits," the judge said in their verdict.

"It is confusing that animals are not ours to eat, use, experiment, use for entertainment, or abuse in any way.PETA seems to use Naruto as a pawn unwittingly in the ideology of purpose," the court said.

The issue came to trial in 2015 after Wikimedia told Slater that he had no copyright on the picture. In 2016, a federal judge ruled that copyright law does not apply to animals.

Slater then collaborates with PETA and the treaty will retain the rights to photographs, but he will donate 25 percent of future income coming from the picture to the charity to protect Naruto and other crested monkeys.


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