The Margin: PETA, photographer settle lawsuit over monkey selfie

Naruto / David Slater
This selfie of an Indonesian crested macaque named Naruto quickly went viral.

A settlement was announced Monday in the lawsuit over who owned the rights to a selfie taken by a monkey.

The odd case gained worldwide attention after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued, claiming copyright infringement and arguing that since an Indonesian crested macaque named Naruto had taken the photo, the animal owned the copyright.

Attorneys for PETA, nature photographer David Slater and self-publishing site Blurb.com announced in a joint statement Monday that the animal-rights group would drop its appeal of the suit, and that Slater had agreed to donate 25% of future earnings from the photo to charities to protect the primates.

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