Why a fight over this selfie (he really did take his own picture) ended up in court

The settlement was reached by PETA, David Slater — the British photographer who placed the camera in an Indonesian jungle — and Blurb.com, a San Francisco-based self-publishing site.

“This was a groundbreaking case that firmly establishes animal rights are firmly ingrained in the legal system here in the U.S. and internationally,” said PETA Attorney Jeffrey Kerr.

The settlement ends a two-year legal battle, which most recently was argued before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

But now that they’ve settled, the parties involved say this case raises cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals — a goal they all support.

“When you have a situation like this where they’ve created some intellectual property, in this case, were internationally famous photographs, Naruto, and his community should benefit from that just like any other photographer should,” Kerr added.

PETA hopes the money will go a long way in helping the black crested macaque, a species that is critically endangered.

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