This grinning macaque shot to fame in newspapers and on websites across the world after it took a self-portrait using award-winning photographer David Slater’s camera.
Yet it did not receive a single penny from sales of the picture.
Now it has been suggested that, as the ‘creator’ of the picture, the cheeky monkey may in fact be the true copyright holder of the image – and presumably entitled to a payout.
The debate was sparked by the website Techdirt, which pondered whether Mr Slater owned the picture, even though he did not take it.
The website was later asked to remove the image from its pages by a news agency acting on behalf of Mr Slater – sparking a fresh row about the true copyright holder.