A bizarre two-year court battle over who owns the copyright of a “monkey selfie” which went viral was finally settled on Monday － in favour of a British nature photographer.
A black macaque with a goofy grin snapped itself in Indonesia while staring down the lens of camera belonging to David Slater in 2011. After Slater published the pictures in a book, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals （PETA） filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco in 2015 seeking to have the monkey “declared the author and owner of his photograph”.
PETA said the selfies were taken by a six-year-old called Naruto on the island of Sulawesi. PETA argued that “US copyright law doesn’t prohibit an animal from owning a copyright, and since Naruto took the photo, he owns the copyright”.
Slater insisted that he owned the rights since he set up the tripod and walked away for a few minutes, only to find out that the monkey had grabbed his camera and snapped away.
monkey around：胡鬧、搗蛋、閒晃。例句：Stop monkeying around! （別胡鬧了！）
in favour of：有利於。例句：The referee’s decision was in favour of our team.（裁判員的決定有利於我隊。）
snap：快速拍照。例句：Cameramen snapped celebrities while TV men interviewed them.（在電視記者採訪名流時，攝影師快速拍照。）