The US appeals court: Can a monkey own the copyright to a selfie?
Someone made a couple thousand pounds from stealing then selling monkey selfies from a British Nature Photographer, who goes by the name of Davis Slater. The selfies of the monkey were scattered across the internet, turned into memes, and were published on Instagram. The selfies being everywhere on the internet were practically worth nothing, basically ruining Slater’s business. Slater believes he was robbed of 10,000 dollars for having those pictures sold around the world by someone else.
Many may argue as well as Slater that the photo belongs to the owner of the cell phone device because the camera is not the property of the monkey. Slater says, “It wasn’t serendipitous behavior,” meaning that he himself had a part in the selfies that were taken. Therefore the picture of the monkey would be seen as the monkey was the assistant and Slater would be recognized as the artist.
PETA has now argued that the monkey owns the pictures for being the one who took them. The company is speaking on behalf of the monkey and has put a lawsuit on the British photographer Davis Slater, making Slater’s matters even worse.
PETA got the overall win in court leaving Slater broke as well as tainting his passion for photography. The man who originally stole the monkey selfie pictures from Slater was let go after PETA came into the picture by placing a lawsuit against Slater. The question still stands if monkeys or more in general, animals have copyright rights, but as of now, the court has sided with the monkey.