The Monkey Selfie Copyright Case is Done; Monkey Loses

A photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to take a selfie has finally won a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group about copyright over the image.

Naruto, a rare crested macaque monkey who lives on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, picked up David Slater’s camera and snapped the now-famous photo

PETA sued “on behalf” of the monkey in 2015, seeking financial control of the photographs for the benefit of Naruto.

The big surprise? Judges in the US deemed the monkey was ineligible to hold copyright over the image.

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