A curious case of copyright, resolved

This is Stephanie of IMS.

Remember the monkey with a selfie? Last month, the U.S. Appeals Court ruled that animals are not able to own copyright to photographs. In this case, the owner of the camera claimed copyright, but activist group PETA sued, claiming that the monkey (named “Naruto”) should be able to be the copyright owner.

In the end, two years after the original court ruling that PETA appealed, the U.S. Appeals Court ruled that U.S. copyright law only grants humans the right to sue. The photographer, David Slater, and his company were determined to be the lawful copyright holders to the monkey selfies.

 

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Copyright Suit Over Monkey Selfies (Snopes.com)

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