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PETA sues over mon­key ‘selfie’

A macaque mon­key who took now-fa­mous selfie pho­to­graphs should be de­clared the copy­right owner of the pho­tos, rather than the na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher who po­si­tioned the cam­era, an­i­mal-rights ac­tivists con­tend in a novel law­suit filed Tues­day.

The suit was filed in fed­eral court in San Fran­cisco by Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals. It seeks a court or­der al­low­ing PETA to ad­min­is­ter all pro­ceeds from the pho­tos for the ben­e­fit of the mon­key, which it iden­ti­fied as 6-year-old Naruto, and other crested macaques liv­ing in a re­serve on the In­done­sian is­land of Su­lawesi.

The pho­tos were taken dur­ing a 2011 trip to Su­lawesi by Bri­tish na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher David Slater. Through San Fran­cisco-based self-pub­lish­ing com­pany Blurb, he has pub­lished a book called “Wildlife Per­son­al­i­ties” that in­cludes the “mon­key selfie” pho­tos. — AP

THE ‘selfie’ taken by a macaque mon­key on the In­done­sian is­land of Su­lawesi.

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