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The $17K fight over a monkey selfie

Intellectual property on the Internet remains a divisive topic, and now a legal battle is raging over a relatively new form of art—the monkey selfie.

A British photographer faces a £10,000 (nearly $17,000) legal bill as he attempts to remove a monkey's selfie from Wikimedia's free image collection, The Telegraph reported. Wikimedia claims the photo, which a monkey snapped on nature photographer David Slater's camera, belongs to the monkey.

"If the monkey took it, it owns copyright, not me, that's their basic argument," Slater told The Telegraph. "What they don't realize is that it needs a court to decide that."

Monkey selfie! Who owns the copyright??
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Monkey selfie! Who owns the copyright??

In 2011, Slater was taking photos of crested black macaque monkeys in Indonesia when an animal grabbed his camera and inadvertently took hundreds of selfies. One particularly clear photo became a popularly used item.

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Read The Telegraph's full story here.

— By CNBC staff