- PETA is suing to have Naruto, a monkey, declared the copyright owner of a famous selfie photograph taken in 2011, rather than the owner of the camera, David Slater.
- Back in 2011, Naruto took the photo after David left the camera in an Indonesian rain forest.
- David then lost a case against Wikimedia, who hosted the photo, because the image was taken by a monkey and therefore could not be copyrighted.
- PETA wants to have the proceeds from David’s book Wildlife Personalities donated to Naruto and other macaque monkeys (although a portion of each sale is already donated to their conservation).
- Although it’s claimed that only a human can register copyrights for intellectual property, PETA says the US Copyright Office grants copyright to the being who took the photo, with no limit on species.
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