Does intellectual property law protect unsanctioned graffiti art? With the rising appreciation for street art, this is a question of growing importance in today’s art market. Graffiti is perhaps one of the fastest-growing artistic movements. Graffiti work has become not only a respectable form of art in the past several years but also a hot commodity among art collectors and connoisseurs. As graffiti art becomes the next big art market, the question arises: Do street artists have intellectual property protection for unsanctioned artwork, and should they be able to prevent the unauthorized copying, removal, sale, and destruction of their work?
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