The monkey selfie case finally ends in settlement

Sep 12, 2017

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The monkey selfie case finally ends in settlement

Sep 12, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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We reported a while ago that the monkey selfie case could come to an end. And finally, this happened. After two years of court battle, David Slater, PETA and Slater’s co-defendant Blurb have reached a settlement. Slater has agreed to donate 25% of any future revenue from the famous selfies to charities that protect the habitats of crested macaques.

PETA and Slater reached the settlement before the federal appeals court could rule who owns the photos. On Monday, PETA’s lawyers asked the court to dismiss the case. According to Engadget, Slater and PETA stated that the case raised “cutting-edge issues” about animal rights and that they agree on the idea of expanding animal rights.

So, after two years, one of the most bizarre copyright-related cases is over. It has raised many questions and issues and made us rethink the notion of copyright ownership. Sadly, it has caused lots of stress and loss for the photographer, but I’m glad he can finally leave this behind.

[via Engadget, FOX]

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17 responses to “The monkey selfie case finally ends in settlement”

  1. Taylor Maduro Port Avatar
    Taylor Maduro Port

    FUCK PETA….

  2. Batman Avatar
    Batman

    PETA is just some bitch ass motherfuckers… without the gear of the photographer, the monkey would have selfied some red ass… That’s blackmail!!! PETA is a tick sucking blood out of people…. go ‘head and sue your monkey of a president of US of A and ask for money from him!

  3. Louis Avatar
    Louis

    Money grabbing whores

  4. Rob Hall Avatar
    Rob Hall

    What a bloody discgrace.

  5. Chris Stivala Avatar
    Chris Stivala

    I’m all for animal rights, mostly because they don’t have the same hang up’s that we do, mainly money. PETA you have made yourself look just like the monsters you are defending the animals against.

  6. Britt Thomas Avatar
    Britt Thomas

    So in the end, what I learned is that you should just lie and say you used a remote trigger.

  7. James Poh Avatar
    James Poh

    maybe shld start paying animals for being models, especially if the location is private

  8. Alexandre Bettencourt Avatar
    Alexandre Bettencourt

    That’s barely half a victory. By now I’m sure all the photographer wanted was to get the “monkey off his back”. Who the hell is PETA to make him give 25% of anything? Who named them the animal photography police? It’s absolutely pathetic. It was a non-issue to begin with.

  9. Wilson W Wong Avatar
    Wilson W Wong

    Makes me like PETA even LESS.

  10. mikerofoto Avatar
    mikerofoto

    25% of any future revenue???
    with all the money it cost him so far, PETA should pay him. this is just ridiculous.

  11. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    But … but … he doesn’t own the copyright so how would he get revenue?

    The Constitution allows copyrights to “To promote the progress of science and useful arts”. Since monkeys would not respond to the incentive of copyrights by creating more art, I can’t imagine how the law would allow them to own a copyright.

  12. Thomas Shimer Avatar
    Thomas Shimer

    So PETA takes 25% of the sales from this photograph from this photographer. Since he didn’t own the copyright and there monkey can’t, PETA is claiming 25% from this photographer selling a free image. Pathetic!!!

  13. Craig Johnson Avatar
    Craig Johnson

    Peta need there asses whipping. They’ve lost all my respect and admiration now.

  14. John G Schickler Avatar
    John G Schickler

    PETA is the real monkey’s arse in this case.

  15. Mark Bowen Avatar
    Mark Bowen

    the guy offered to pay 25% of future sales to a charity. PETA didnt win a thing and courts ruled in favour of the photographer. all peta did is waste tens of thousands on a court case they could never win that could have been spent on protecting the animals they serve. idiots prob after a new mansion off his sales

  16. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    This guy screwed up by announcing “selfie” to get some extra publicity for the shot. However, who really could have forseen a group of wackos throwing millions of dollars of lawyer time into it (all funded by other wackos) in their own publicity grab? This is what happens when an entire society lets themselves get ruled by lawyers. Sadly nobody seems to have learned from the ancient Romans.

    The morals of the story …
    The interest with unlimited funds to spend on legal fees always wins regardless of the law.
    Don’t give ANY details of how you got the shot.

  17. Dave Robinson Avatar
    Dave Robinson

    So two years of high publicity for PETA, whilst destroying Slater’s business?! I hope they’re proud asses!!