Never has a selfie triggered such a dispute like the legendary ‘monkey selfie’, but finally it’s bound for a conclusion.
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After two years of court battles, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater reached a settlement in an unprecedented lawsuit over who owns the rights to the selfie of a monkey.
The long-drawn-out process
PETA filed a suit on behalf of Naruto (a 7-year-old crested black macaque who took a selfie in 2011) claiming the animal owned the picture because of the Copyright Act.
David Slater was in Sulawesi, Indonesia on a weekly assignment to take pictures of macaques. Naruto snapped the pictures of himself after Slater mounted the camera on a tripod, catapulting him into internet stardom. …
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