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"Monkey See, Monkey Sue" The Judge's Ruling -- Can Monkeys Hold Copyrights?

A federal judge rules that a monkey cannot have a copyright interest in his selfie.

[DIGEST: NPR, Ars Technica]

In 2011, a troop of macaque monkeys snatched David Slater’s camera. Slater, a British nature photographer, traveled to Indonesia to snap photos of the endangered species, in the hopes of raising both awareness of the monkeys’ plight, and some income for himself. One of the simian selfies, taken by a monkey named Naruto, went viral. However, instead of Naruto joining the ranks of internet mascots Grumpy Cat and Biddy the Hedgehog, the photo sparked a lawsuit. That lawsuit reached a tentative resolution earlier this month.

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