NOT IN MY COURT, SAYS ORRICK
PETA MAY APPEAL
As we previously reported, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that a monkey can own a copyright in its own work.
US District Court Judge William Orrick declined to grant the monkey a copyright. In fact, he declined to even consider whether the monkey should get a copyright.
David Slater, a nature photographer, visited the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2011. A macaque tripped the shutter of Slater’s camera resulting in an image famously known as the “Monkey Selfie.”
Several outlets, including Wikipedia, claim that since a monkey snapped the photo, no one owns the copyright. Slater claims he has a British copyright, and that copyright should be honored around the world. PETA claims the plaintiff monkey, which they’ve given the name “Naruto,” owns the copyright.