PETA joins Selfie Suit
The feud between Wikipedia and a wildlife photographer over selfies taken by a monkey is now in court, and no longer bilateral.
The dispute originated in August 2014, when Wikimedia Commons posted the images to its library, claiming that David Slater, whose camera was used to shoot the selfies. Naruto, an endangered monkey residing in the Indonesian National Park, had playfully shot images with the photographer’s equipment during his visit, which included a significant number of self portraits.
Wikipedia has argued that since it wasn’t Slater who had taken the photographs, and since there is no provision in the law to provide copyrights to an animal, the image is in the public domain.
PETA, and organisation campaigning for equitable rights to animals, has now filed a federal lawsuit against Slater in San Francisco, claiming copyright privileges for Naruto. While legal counsels on both sides have cited contrasting interpretations of copyright law, the battle among Wikipedia, PETA, and Slater is now touted to be a landmark case.Tags: wikipedia, wikimedia commons, Naruto, David Slater, Monkey Selfie, PETA, Indonesia, copyright dispute