This article analyzes whether current U.S. intellectual property law can protect street art from being copied, removed, sold, or destroyed without the street artist’s consent and proposes that copyright law should expand to specifically include graffiti law to ensure protection of outdoor street art, so as to avoid any confusion about its status as protectable art. In addition, the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1900 definition of “recognized stature” should be more clearly expressed to protect graffiti art.
Image courtesy of John Roleke at About.com The street art collective 5Pointz won a stay of execution (restraining order) freezing the building owner’s demolition preparations. It’s all over the news: here, here, here, etc. Lawyers for the collective centered their arguments on a clause from the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), which allows certainContinue reading “In which I make enemies with the 5Pointz Collective…”
Image courtesy of The Superslice. According to a source “close to the decision-making process,” there is a good chance that the Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Management Committee will reverse the ban on the creation of murals on private property when they vote next week. Check out a great video short on The Superslice about efforts toContinue reading “"Museums are for the Dead, I Want Life"”
Judge Oetken of the S.D.N.Y. issued his Biro v. Condé Nast opinion. J. Oetken granted The New Yorker and Grann’s motion to for an order finding Biro to be a public figure, as well as their motion for judgment on the pleadings, and granted the remaining defendants’ motions for dismissal for failure to state a claim. Notably,Continue reading “News Heavy…”
Some great links from around the Internets. Stay cool people. DIA drama over deaccessioning plan. Try to say that three times, fast. Also, Detroit has officially filed for bankruptcy. This does not bode well for the Detroit Institute of Art. A member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council has announced that he plans to fightContinue reading “Heat Waves, Hot Topics: A Tale of Two DIAs”
ArtInfo reports that a Montreal artist was arrested yesterday for posting a photo of a piece of anti-police street art.
Interesting Post by the Center for Art Law on Street Art and Provenance