The British photographer has won a lawsuit from animal rights activists. They tried to prove that the rights to a selfie baboon belong to the monkey
British photographer David Slater has won a court case, the organization PETA. Animal rights activists tried to prove that the self, which crested baboon named Naruto did to the camera Slater, belongs to the monkey and not the photographer. The court found that the rights to the belong to the British.
PETA and Slater signed an agreement that the photographer will pay the organization 25% of the proceeds received from the sale of the picture, to protect the habitat of monkeys. According to the statement of PETA, the case of “monkey selfie” has caused the whole world to talk about animal rights and brought the discussion to a new level.
Slater took a picture of Naruto in 2011 on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The photographer decided to give the monkeys a camera and see what happens. The resulting images included in photo book “Wildlife faceted personalities” (“Wild personality”). Selfie of a smiling baboon Slater gave the Agency Caters News.
Photographer, PETA reach settlement over rights to a monkey’s selfie https://t.co/LMPm1TMBz3 pic.twitter.com/Dz35pb8cgL
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 12, 2017
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Several years later, the photo appeared on “the Commons”. The Wikimedia Foundation refused to delete it, stressing that the picture belongs to the monkey and not Slater. In 2015, the business joined PETA. “Medusa” in detail told about the trial between the photographer and the animal.