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Appeals court rejects copyright suit over monkey selfies

3 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Monday, April 23 2018 Apr 23, 2018 April 23, 2018 12:56 PM April 23, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: ABC News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court has ruled in a case over selfies taken by a monkey that lawsuits can't be filed claiming animals have copyrights to photos.

The decision Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling in favor David Slater, the photographer whose camera was used to take the photos.  The appeals court said U.S. copyright law confers the right to sue on humans.

The monkey, a crested macaque named Naruto, snapped the photos in 2011 with an unattended camera.

Slater was on a trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia, and argued that his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., owned worldwide commercial rights to the photos.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought financial control of the photos to benefit the monkey.

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