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9th Circ. Rules Monkey Can't Sue Over Copyrights

Law360 (April 23, 2018, 1:03 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that animals cannot sue for copyright infringement, ending a bizarre, yearslong courtroom battle over a famous photo dubbed the "monkey selfie."

A three-judge Ninth Circuit panel said that Naruto — the crested macaque that snapped the viral image — lacked the required standing to file a copyright lawsuit against the photographer whose camera he snatched. (AP) Ruling on an unusual case orchestrated by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a three-judge panel said that Naruto — the crested macaque that snapped the...
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Case Title

Naruto v. David Slater, et al


Case Number

16-15469

Court

Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3820 Copyright

Date Filed

March 21, 2016

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