Simian set­tles in sel ie case

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At­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing a macaque mon­key have agreed to a com­pro­mise in a case where they as­serted the an­i­mal owned the copy­right to selfie pho­tos it had shot with a pho­tog­ra­pher’s cam­era. Un­der the deal, the pho­tog­ra­pher agreed to do­nate 25 per cent of any fu­ture rev­enue from the im­ages to char­i­ties ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing crested macaques in In­done­sia, said the lawyers from Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals who filed the law­suit. At­tor­neys for the group and the pho­tog­ra­pher, David Slater, on Mon­day asked the San Fran­cisco-based 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals to dis­miss the case and throw out a lower-court de­ci­sion that said an­i­mals can­not own copy­rights.

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