Recent lawsuits illustrate emerging value of graffiti

BVWireIssue #160-3
January 20, 2016

If you don’t think all that illicit scribbling on walls, subways, and other public spots has no value, then think again. A number of lawsuits have been filed by graffiti artists who are increasingly asserting their rights over the unauthorized use of their work, according to an article in Bloomberg BNA. The most recent lawsuit involves a New York City-based fashion boutique that allegedly infringed the graffiti artist’s trademark and publicity rights. The article points out that in most cases it appears that the artists are more interested in injunctive relief to maintain their “street cred” as opposed to pursuing monetary damages.

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