On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that a monkey who took selfies cannot be the copyright owner of the photos.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick stated that the Copyright Act does not extend to animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a leading animal rights group. had filed a lawsuit to allow the organization to administer all proceeds from the photos for Naruto, a 6-year-old macaque monkey. British nature photographer David Slater, who took the original photos, requested that the court honor the British copyright owned by his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd.
David Slater was visiting Indonesia and photographing macaque monkeys when Narutosupposedly seized the camera and took a selfie.