Battle over monkey selfie heads back to court

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)– The battle over a selfie taken by a Macaque monkey is headed back to federal court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco is set to hear arguments on whether an animal can own the copyright to a photograph.

A lawsuit was filed by PETA in 2015, allowing the group to administer all proceeds from the photos to benefit the monkey named Naruto.

The photos were taken on a British photographer’s camera.

The owner of the camera, David J. Slater, said the British copyright for the photos should be honored worldwide. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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