Flower Thrower Law Report

Banksy’s guarding of his personal identity suffered a set-back on 14 September 2020, when the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) cancelled Banksy’s 2014 registration as an EU trade mark of the re… Continue Reading Flower Thrower Law Report

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Tattoo You

‘Where there’s a hit, there’s a writ’ is an old music business saying, which perhaps applies to legal responses in recent times to the rise in popularity of body art, tattooing in particular. In March… Continue Reading Tattoo You

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Legal Drivers

Banksy began his practice as a freehand street graffiti artist, subsequently using stencils to facilitate the swifter execution of work – and thus avoidance of detection and arrest for criminal damage… Continue Reading Legal Drivers

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Ownership

When is a ‘work’ completed? Is it when the artist releases it for public viewing, and/or only if released for sale? What is the status of a work an artist (or a deceased artist’s estate) disowns after… Continue Reading Ownership

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Afterlife of Photographs

On 16 May 2019 the fifth edition of the international photography fair, Photo London, opens at Somerset House. 100 or so specialist galleries from around the world will exhibit for sale photographic w… Continue Reading Afterlife of Photographs

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Digital Single Market

On 13 February 2019 in Strasbourg the EU agreed to introduce new copyright rules to create a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for users of online platforms. Key features of these… Continue Reading Digital Single Market

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Love & Money

There has been an unprecedented amount of media coverage of Banksy’s Girl with Balloon (2006) shredding incident since it took place at Sotheby’s London’s evening sale of contemporary art on 5 October… Continue Reading Love & Money

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Conservation Questions

Ethical practices of art conservation have become a renewed subject of debate following publication of a pre-conservation image of Salvator Mundi, c1500, which was recently attributed to Leonardo da V… Continue Reading Conservation Questions

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Fair Image Use Fees  

Just as the industrial revolution radically transformed the world during the 18th and 19th centuries, the digital revolution is affecting most areas of life in the 21st century. Keeping pace with the… Continue Reading Fair Image Use Fees  

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Idea/Expression Dichotomy

This year marks the centenary of the creation of a work widely accepted as the most influential of the 20th century: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, 1917. This readymade and its reception heralded the tran… Continue Reading Idea/Expression Dichotomy

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