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PETA suit claims monkey holds copyright to famous selfie

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 24, 2015


One is an endangered monkey with a cheesy grin. The other is a wildlife photographer who had just stepped away from his camera.

The two are at the center of a federal lawsuit filed by PETA, which wants the crested black macaque to win the copyright of a selfie he snapped with the photographer's unattended camera.

But before we get to how an Indonesian monkey became the focus of a court case, let's recap:

Photographer David J. Slater was taking pictures of endangered crested macaques in Indonesia when he temporarily left his camera on his tripod.

Sure enough, the curious simians grabbed the camera and played with their new toy -- pushing the button and capturing hilarious selfies, including a now-famous one dubbed "Monkey Selfie" taken by a macaque named Naturo.

Read the whole story at CNN

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