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Monkey Loses His Appeal In Court

While this case has nothing to do with any area of law we practice, it is one of those cute stories you can’t help but read. Remember the story about the monkey named Naruto who stole a camera left unattended in 2011 and began snapping his own selfies? Everyone thought it was cute and funny. The photos Naruto took were great! But then came the legal battle. The owner of the camera felt that his company should have the rights to the photos. However, PETA argued that they should have control of the photos to benefit the monkey. Well, the case went on to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and a decision was made this week that the owner of the camera owns the photos since monkeys do not have the right to sue under our copyright laws.