If successful, it will be the first time that an animal is declared the owner of property
Self-portrait of Naruto, a female Celebes crested macaque in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, who had picked up photographer David Slater's camera and photographed herself with it, photo: Wikimedia
12 of July 2017 13:03:53
SAN FRANCISCO – A curious monkey with a toothy grin and a knack for pressing a camera button is back in the spotlight as a federal appeals court weighs Wednesday whether an animal can hold a copyright to photo selfies.Naruto is a free-living crested macaque who snapped the pictures with an unattended camera in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2011. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said Naruto was accustomed to cameras and took the selfies when he saw himself in the reflection of the lens.The animal rights organization sought a court order in 2015 allowing it to administer all proceeds from the photos to benefit the monkey. British nature photographer David Slater, whose camera the monkey used, says the British copyright for the photos obtained by his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., should be honored worldwide.broadcast online.