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Tara Parker quoted in "Spray-on law: Even graffiti artists have a claim on copyright", Financial Post

February-9-2016

Lawyer Tara Parker
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Excerpt from "Spray-on law: Even graffiti artists have a claim on copyright", by Julius Melnitzer:

"Because graffiti tends to appear in public places and often results from vandalism, many people, including members of the artistic community, have the view that it is not protected by copyright,” says Tara Parker, an entertainment lawyer at Goodmans LLP in Toronto.

But there’s a good chance that they’re wrong. In fact, when it comes to graffiti, crime could very well pay - hard as it may be for some to understand a law that permits vandals to profit from their illegality.

“Copyright legislation protects every original artistic work so long as it fixed in some permanent way,” Parker says. “It does not require that a work be created lawfully.”

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