The curious case of the monkey that took a selfie and was denied copyright for its efforts has come to an end, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater agreeing on a future stream of royalty payments to simian charities.
The case kicked off in 2011 when Slater left a camera within reach of a black macaque known as “Naruto”, who promptly took a selfie.
Wikipedia users put the resulting image on the site, claiming that as animals aren't people their works aren't protected by copyright and must be considered to be in the public domain.
The US Copyright Office agreed that the laws of the land did not apply to offshore simians, nor to entities who did not consciously have the intent to create an artefact.
Slater, meanwhile, had put the snap in books and was happily profiting from the work.
But PETA wasn't happy with that so filed a lawsuit in which it claimed that “Naruto has the right to own and benefit from the copyright in the Monkey Selfies in the same manner and to the same extent as any other author.”