Pro Photo Daily - Around the Net | Legal Brief: "Monkey Selfie" Settlement Will Protect Macaques

By: David Schonauer
Publish Date: Sept. 12, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
Source: The New York Times

The legal battle  over a selfie taken by an Indonesian macaque named Naruto has ended in a settlement that will help protect the photogenic monkey and other crested macaques. The saga began when Naruto picked up a camera owned by photographer David Slater and snapped pictures of himself, which Slater later distributed. The animal-rights group PETA sued on behalf of the monkey, asserting Naruto's authorship of the photo. PETA lost the first round in court and appealed the ruling. The settlement, notes The New York Times, calls for Slater to donate 25 percent of future revenue of Naruto’s images to charitable organizations that protect macaques in the Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.