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No monkeying around: Federal court weighs if animal owns its selfies

By in Press Enterprise on July 12, 2017

By The Associated Press

By LINDA WANG

SAN FRANCISCO – A curious monkey with a toothy grin and a knack for pressing a camera button was back in the spotlight as a federal appeals court on Wednesday, July 13, questioned lawyers fighting about an animal’s ability to hold a copyright to selfie photos.

Naruto is a free-living crested macaque who snapped the pictures with an unattended camera in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2011. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Naruto was accustomed to cameras and took the selfies when he saw himself in the reflection of the lens.

  • Attorney Andrew Dhuey, from left, representing photographer David Slater, attorney Angela Dunning, representing Blurb, a San Francisco-based self-publishing company, and Trevor Cooper, Legal Counsel at Blurb, speak to reporters outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Attorneys for Slater, a wildlife photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to snap selfies, asked a federal appeals court to end a lawsuit seeking to give the animal rights to the photos. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought a court order in 2015 allowing it to administer all proceeds from the photos to benefit the monkey. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

  • Lawyers representing PETA and photographer David Slater were back in court on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 over who owns the rights to a selfie made by a macaque monkey in 2011. (David Slater/UPPA via ZUMA Press)

    Lawyers representing PETA and photographer David Slater were back in court on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 over who owns the rights to a selfie made by a macaque monkey in 2011. (David Slater/UPPA via ZUMA Press)

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