Chances are, you’re familiar with the story. A photographer tricks a monkey into taking a selfie with his camera, monkey becomes internet famous as a result, photographer gets sued by PETA on behalf of the narcissistic macaque. It’s a classic case of a monkeying around. Something that cost this photographer a great deal of unintended drama. Well, it looks like one macaques chances of cashing a fat paycheck have been squashed.
The details of the case have been widely published, but in a short recap, photographer David Slater and his publishing company were sued for images taken in 2011 and used in a book titled “Wildlife Personalities”. The book featured monkey selfies - a coffee table book certain to put a smile on your face. Despite a federal judge’s ruling against PETA’s lawsuit just last year, which pointed out that there was no indication that Congress would extend copyrights to animals, PETA had been demanding that the proceeds from the images benefit Naruto, the crested macaque being represented by the animal rights group. Fortunately, a settlement has been reached in this case, as The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and photographer, David Slater recently announced:
PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal. As we learn more about Naruto, his community of macaques, and all other animals, we must recognize appropriate fundamental legal rights for them as our fellow global occupants and members of their own nations who want only to live their lives and be with their families.
Surprisingly, Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of his profits from the images to charities which protect the habitat Naruto the narcissistic macaque, resides in.
Lead image copyright David Slater.
[Via CBS News]