Monkey Fights to Win Selfie [VIDEO]
Once upon a time back in 2011 in Sulawasi, Indonesia, a nature photographer named David Slater was taking photos of endangered crested macaque monkeys. Slater left his camera unattended for a moment when a curious macaque, named Naruto, snatched the camera from its tripod and snapped a famous selfie of himself.The story is that Naruto the monkey claimed ownership of the photograph, explaining that it was he who snapped the photo. As the 'monkey selfie' went viral, the question of ownership became a hot debate item. Here's the video explaining the controversy in 1 minute 27 seconds.
Slater claims the copyrighted photo belongs to him and that he's suffered major financial losses. In the meantime, PETA filed a law suit claiming the copyright was owned by the monkey.
This past Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled in favor of the humans saying that 'A monkey cannot claim ownership of a photograph because it's AN ANIMAL!" USA District Judge, William Orick will be dismissing PETA's lawsuit but PETA says it will continue to fight for Naruto's rights. The photo below show a group of concerned Japanese macaques with hope in their eyes that PETA will prevail.