Judge: monkey can't own copyright to own selfie

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by animal rights activists to declare a monkey the rightful owner of his own “selfie.”  PETA filed the suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on behalf of a 6-year-old crested macaque named Naruto who snapped his own photo in 2011.  The monkey took the “selfie” with a camera owned by a nature photographer, prompting a debate over who owns the copyright to the photo.

PETA argued in court that the monkey owned the copyright of the image, but U.S. District Judge William Orrick said in a tentative ruling that there was “no indication” the Copyright Act extended to animals.

PETA is promising to appeal the decision.