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Monkey can’t sue for copyright infringement of selfies, 9th Circuit rules

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Monkey can’t sue for copyright infringement of selfies, 9th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday that animals may not sue for copyright protection.

Monkey can't sue for copyright infringement of selfies, 9th Circuit rules

A crested macaque living in an Indonesian reserve purportedly took several photos of itself in 2011 when wildlife photographer David Slater left his camera unattended. PETA argued the monkey owned the copyright. (commons.wikimedia.org)
The ruling came in the case of a monkey that took selfies with a wildlife photographer’s camera. The photographer later published the photos.

An animal rights group sued, charging the monkey owned the copyright because it took the pictures.

“We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans, corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive relief arising from claims of copyright infringement,” Judge Carlos Bea, appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

LATimes

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