TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 24, 2018
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a monkey has no standing under the U.S. Copyright Act to assert copyright in selfie photos, the Associated Press reports. The case was over a monkey, named Naruto, who took a selfie of himself with an unattended camera in 2011. David Slater, the photographer who’s camera was used to take the photos, argued that the images belonged to his company, while People for the Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA), sued on behalf of the monkey, seeking financial control of the images for the benefit of the animal. The court ruled that U.S. copyright law confers the right to sue on humans.