Famous monkey, Naruto, has been denied the copyright to a series of selfies she took using a camera belonging to nature photographer David Slater. The decision was arrived at by a federal judge on Wednesday.
According to Ars Technica, PETA, as a representative for Naruto, had brought the case against Slater, seeking monetary damages owed to the monkey for copyright infringement.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled against PETA and the monkey and pointed to a declaration from the U.S. Copyright Office from 2014 that said works “produced by nature, animals, or plants” cannot be given copyright protection
That decision isn’t necessarily final, though. The smiling macaque could reclaim her ownership if Congress decides to change copyright legislation.Orrick said.
“I’m not the person to weigh into this,” “This is an issue for Congress and the president. If they think animals should have the right of copyright they’re free, I think, under the Constitution, to do that.”