Thursday, December 7, 2017

Indonesia's selfie-snapping monkey named 'Person of the Year'

PHOTO: The monkey, Naruto, historic selfie made it famous was named  'Person of the Year' on Wednesday, 06 December 2017, by the animal rights group.
PHOTO: David Slater
Picture posted by AFP on 06 December 2017

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JAKARTA - An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie - and sparked a landmark US copyright case - was named "Person of the Year" Wednesday by the animal rights group that took on the simian's cause.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it was honouring Naruto, a crested black macaque with a goofy-looking grin, to recognise that "he is someone, not something".

In 2011, the monkey pressed the shutter button while staring down the lens of a camera set up British nature photographer David Slater on the island of Sulawesi.


Monkey takes selfie, photographer sues for copyright infringement
PHOTO: Monkey takes selfie, photographer sues for copyright infringement
The photos quickly went viral and PETA launched a lawsuit that claimed the then six-year-old Naruto should be "declared the author and owner of his photograph".
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The photos quickly went viral and PETA launched a lawsuit that claimed the then six-year-old Naruto should be "declared the author and owner of his photograph".

"Naruto's historic selfie challenged the idea of who is a person and who is not and resulted in the first-ever lawsuit seeking to declare a nonhuman animal the owner of property, rather than being declared property himself," PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement Wednesday.


David Slater is also locked in a dispute with Techdirt blog and Wikimedia Foundation over who owns the image
PHOTO: David Slater was also locked in a dispute with Techdirt blog and Wikimedia Foundation over who owned the image
Who owns the copyright of a monkey’s self-portrait? Wikimedia says no one does, but lawyers and photographers disagree.
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The court case set off an international debate among legal experts about personhood for animals and whether they can own property.

Slater maintained he owned the rights to the pictures since he engineered its creation - setting up the tripod and walking away for a few minutes, only to find out that the monkey had grabbed his camera and snapped away.


Wildlife photographer David J Slater and pictures of the monkey selfie
PHOTO: Wildlife photographer David J Slater and pictures of the monkey selfie
Monkey who took grinning 'selfie' should own copyright - US lawsuit. But the British photographer won the first hearing in California. PETA then appealed to a higher court.
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The British photographer won the first hearing in California but PETA then appealed to a higher court.

The case was settled in September - before that court could make a ruling - with Slater agreeing to donate 25 per cent of any future revenue from using or selling the monkey selfies to help protect the habitat of crested macaques in Indonesia.

Authorities and activists have been trying to persuade villagers on Sulawesi to stop consuming the critically endangered monkeys, one of many creatures that form part of the local indigenous community's diet.



No more monkey business: lawsuit over macaque's 'selfie' is settled
PHOTO: No more monkey business: lawsuit over macaque's 'selfie' is settled
Attorneys for Naruto, a rare crested macaque, and for David Slater, a British photographer, announced that Slater has agreed to donate 25 per cent of the photograph's future revenue to charitable groups that protect Naruto and other members of his species in Indonesia. [2]
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By AFP, 06 December 2017



Reference
[1] AFP, Indonesia's selfie-snapping monkey named 'Person of the Year', posted on 06 December 2017, http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesias-selfie-snapping-monkey-named-person-year

[2] Ruters, No more monkey business: lawsuit over macaque's 'selfie' is settled, posted on 13 September 2017, http://www.asiaone.com/world/no-more-monkey-business-lawsuit-over-macaques-selfie-settled