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Can monkeys make money on their art?
After years of legal wrangling, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and British nature photographer David Slater have finally settled the world’s most controversial animal selfie lawsuit out of court.
The infamous selfie was taken in 2011 on David Slater’s camera by the macaque monkey Naruto in the Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Slater had set up a camera on a tripod with a remote trigger, in the hope that the macaques would unwittingly capture some compelling photos.
The resulting image of the grinning monkey shot Naruto to world fame on social media.
In the deal, Slater has agreed to donate 25 percent of the future gross revenue from the monkey selfie to charities dedicated to protecting the crested macaque and its habitat. Slater has not disclosed his earnings to date from the monkey selfie.
Also according to the deal, PETA’s latest appeal to a federal court is being dismissed. A lower court did earlier rule that animals cannot own copyrights.
“PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal,” reads a joint statement from the artist and the animal rights group.