What are your graffiti rights on intellectual property in the US and the world? Well if you are really interested, you need search no more. Lena Saltos and Angela H. Lelo from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP will lay graffiti copyright law for you, with brain cells to spare.
Street art, typically painting or drawing on someone else’s wall is growing in status in art circles. Now street artists are finding that their work is increasingly being exploited without their permission. While a number of these artists have attempted to assert copyright 2 or Visual Artists…
Cutting edge art needs to breed cutting edge graffiti copyright revisions
I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV as they say, but the authors are. According to the article even being a lawyer doesn’t give you all the answers on graffiti law. The problem of fitting the round peg of graffiti art intellectual property rights into the square hole of physical property rights is far from settled.
So what is an artist to do? Photograph everything you do anywhere you do it. Do this particularly if you think it is original enough to fight over in a court of law. A piece of art on a piece of paper or wall has no real value until someone other than the artist say it does. Then, even if it is significantly original and is used without your permission, you will need the lawyer fees if you want to have a chance at success.
Without a doubt some revisions in intellectual copyright law will be needed to allow for the value added to today’s street creativity stemming from new medias, ie internet and other tech innovations yet to come.