The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and photographer David Slater have settled a lawsuit over ownership of copyright in the now famous monkey selfie. The photograph was taken by a monkey which picked up Slater’s camera and took a photo of itself. The case was on appeal from a lower court, which had ruled that animals cannot hold copyright protection. The case also led the US Copyright Office to clarify that the Office will not register works produced by animals, listing “a photograph taken by a monkey” as examples of works ineligible for copyright registration (Compendium of the US Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, section 313.2).
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