Meeting of the Minds

Street Art: The Everlasting Divide Between Graffiti Art and Intellectual Property Protection

Bobby Ghajar and Brittany M. Elias

©2015. Published in Landslide, Vol. 7, No. 5, May/June 2015, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

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. Street art embraces metropolitan walls and streets, gifting the public with innovative imagery that becomes a part of the city as much as the wall it rests on.

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