A monkey that took a selfie using a wildlife photographer’s camera cannot sue for copyright, a US court has ruled.
Naruto, a seven-year-old crested macaque, snapped a photo with a toothy smile in 2011 using a camera belonging to David Slater.
The British photographer wanted to have financial control of the photo – but an animal rights group filed a lawsuit in 2015 that sought to give Naruto copyright over the selfie instead.
Jeff Kerr, general counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said: “Naruto should be considered the author and copyright owner, and he shouldn’t be treated any differently from any other creator simply because he happens to not be human.”
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against Naruto and PETA after concluding that American copyright law does not “expressly authorise animals to file copyright infringement suits”.