A WILDLIFE photographer is taking legal action to reclaim the copyright on a selfie that a cheeky monkey took using his camera.
British photographer David Slater was on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2011 to snap the crested black macaque when one of the animals made off with his camera.
Mr Slater recovered the camera to discover hundreds of “selfies”, including one of a grinning female macaque.
The image quickly spread around the world, appearing on websites, newspapers, magazines and television shows.
But Mr Slater now faces a legal battle with Wikimedia Commons, a copyright-free online collection of more than 22 million images and videos that can be used by anyone without paying royalties, London’s Telegraph reports.
A recent transparency report by the company detailing removal requests shows editors decided Mr Slater did not own the copyright because it was the monkey, not the man, who pushed the shutter.