PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A federal appeals court settles some monkey business over an animal selfie.
The court says animals lack the ability to sue for artistic works they create.READ MORE: Police Investigating 'Suspicious' Deaths Of 2 Men Found In Box Truck In Northeast Philadelphia
“We believe the court’s decision discriminates against him, simply because he is not human,” said PETA Attorney Jeff Kerr.
The monkey is Naruto who took these selfies with wildlife photographer David Slater’s camera.READ MORE: Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer, SUV Closes Route 130 North In Burlington County
Animal rights group PETA filed the suit on behalf of the monkey, saying he earned profits from Slater’s book.
“The monkey does not have standing to go into federal court to sue over copyright infringement,” said Slater’s attorney Andrew Duhey.MORE NEWS: Montgomery County DA Asks Supreme Court To Review Bill Cosby's Overturned Conviction
The court says in this case, the monkey, and all animals, lack standing to sue under the copyright act, since they’re not human.