Naruto v. Slater

Photographer leaves camera unattended in Indonesian nature reserve. Great Scott! A crested macaque takes an adorable selfie. The photographer publishes it; PETA sues him for infringing on the monkey’s copyright. (He settles, will donate 25 percent of monkey selfie proceeds to the reserve, now struggles to make ends meet.) Ninth Circuit: PETA does not have a special relationship with the monkey; it can’t sue. The macaque has Article III but not statutory standing. (But the precedent saying the macaque has standing needs to be overruled.) Case dismissed.

Tags: 2018, Copyright Law, Ninth Circuit, Standing

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