A lot of things have happened in the last three years. But one thing that seemed to drag on is finally over: PETA’s 2015 lawsuit known as the “The Great Monkey Selfie Madness” has been dismissed by a U.S. court.
On Monday, a three judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals slammed PETA’s efforts to sue on behalf of the monkey and setting an (obvious) precedent: Only humans can sue for copyright infringements.
Law nerd? Here’s the statement from the court: Affirming the district court’s dismissal of claims brought by a monkey, the panel held that the animal had constitutional standing but lacked statutory standing to claim copyright infringement of photographs known as the "MonkeySelfies." ... The panel held that the monkey lacked statutory standing because the Copyright Act does not expressly authorize animals to file copyright infringement suits.
PETA had attempted to argue that the macaque owned rights to the photo since it had pressed the shutter—and was entitled any profits earned. Predicting the failure of the lawsuit, PETA settled with photographer David Slater, who agreed to donate 25 percent of royalties earned by the photo to protecting macaques in Indonesia. The court’s decision doesn’t impact the settlement.
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