Attorneys for a wildlife photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to snap selfies asked a federal appeals court to end a lawsuit seeking to give the animal rights to the photos.
They argued before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday that the case was a waste of resources. The panel didn't issue a ruling.
Angela Dunning said the monkey named Naruto couldn't hold a copyright because he cannot benefit financially from his work.
She represents Blurb, a San Francisco-based company that published a book with the selfies taken in Indonesia with an unattended camera belonging to British photographer David Slater.
Slater says the British copyright for the photos obtained by his company should be honored worldwide.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought a court order in 2015 allowing it to administer all proceeds from the photos to benefit the monkey.
The item has been corrected to show the photographer's company owns the copyright, not the publishing company.