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Illegal Graffiti Capable of Copyright Protection

January-25-2016

Lawyer Tara Parker
Area Entertainment

Summary

There is a common misconception by some in the artistic community that graffiti is not protected by copyright and so may be freely reproduced as a matter of public right in our modern “sharing economy.”

Because graffiti typically appears in public places and is often created through acts of vandalism (e.g., by spray painting on public or private property), it is hard for some to understand why the law would permit vandals to profit from their illegal acts to the detriment of the public interest.

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