Wildlife Photographer David Slater had his camera taken by a crested macaque named Naruto who then snapped a series of “monkey selfies.” Slater put the image on the cover of his book “Wildlife Personalities.” The image was taken by Wikipedia and placed in the public domain where it was available for free.
Slater sued claiming copyright while Wikipedia declared that since Naruto took the pictures himself the pictures could not be copyrighted. The U.S. Copy Right Office agreed with Wikipedia in 2014 then PETA jumped in suing on behalf of Naruto for the monkey’s ownership rights over the images.
The lawsuit was dropped yesterday when Slater and PETA came to an agreement that “25% of any future revenue he earns from the “monkey selfies” to charities that protect crested black macaques in Indonesia.”
More on PETA’s lawsuit Here
Somebody figure this out quickly, what’s 25% of nothing.