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…”