CNN reports that a settlement has been reached between People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and wildlife photographer, David Slater. The controversy began in 2011 when Naruto, a “7-year-old crested macaque,” stole Mr. Slater’s camera and took a selfie. In 2015, PETA sued Slater under the theory that Naruto was the copyright owner of the photo and that, by selling the photograph, Slater was infringing on Naruto’s ownership rights.
In 2016, a court sided with Slater agreeing that, since Naruto is a monkey, he cannot own a copyright. PETA appealed the decision. Under the terms of the settlement, 25% of the future profits from Naruto’s photo will be donated to charities protecting the habitat of macaques in Indonesia.