SAN FRANCISCO — Attorneys announced a settlement Monday in a lawsuit over who owns the copyright to selfie photographs taken by a monkey before a federal appeals court could answer the novel legal question.
Under the deal, the photographer whose camera was used to take the photo agreed to donate 25
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued on behalf of the macaque monkey in 2015, seeking financial control of the photographs for the benefit of the monkey named Naruto.
Lawyers for the camera's owner, nature photographer David Slater, argued that his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., owns worldwide commercial rights to the photos, including a now-famous selfie of the monkey's toothy grin.
Slater argued that he engineered the photographs in 2008 by
A lower court ruled in the photographer's
The lawyers notified the appeals court on Aug. 4 that they were nearing a settlement and asked the 9th Circuit not to rule.