Legal Row Over Monkey Selfie Finally Settled

A settlement has been reached 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% of any future revenue of the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia, lawyers for an animal-rights group said.

Lawyers for the group and the photographer, David Slater, asked the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case and throw out a lower court decision that said animals cannot own copyrights.

Andrew J Dhuey, a lawyer for Mr Slater, declined to comment on how much money the photos had generated or whether Mr Slater would keep all of the remaining 75 per cent of future revenue.

There was no immediate ruling from the 9th Circuit.

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