Banksy blocked from trademark rights over some of his most famous works

Banksy can no longer claim legal rights to his artwork, experts say after he was stripped of two more trademarks for some of his most famous graffiti.

The two latest rulings against the anonymous multi-millionaire street artists means he has now lost rights to four of his works…

Full Colour Black, a British greeting cards company which recreates his works for sale, has successfully persuaded the EU to cancel trademarks he obtained three years ago for the Radar Rat and Girl with an Umbrella, the Telegraph can reveal…

Banksy’s lawyers argued unsuccessfully that “an anti-establishment viewpoint does not prevent a party from utilising establishment mechanisms to further their view”.

Anyone surprised that British courts ruled in favor of corporate thieves?

Thanks, Honeyman

2 thoughts on “Banksy blocked from trademark rights over some of his most famous works

  1. Arrt says:

    (October 14, 2021) “Shredded Banksy artwork sells for $25.4 million at auction” https://apnews.com/article/business-lifestyle-london-banksy-arts-and-entertainment-2afc1f803d58f96dc21e485e40d785f0
    “The piece consists of a half-shredded canvas in an ornate frame bearing a spray-painted image of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon.
    When it last sold at Sotheby’s in October 2018, the piece was known as “Girl With Balloon.” Just as an anonymous female European buyer made the winning bid — for 1 million pounds ($1.4 million) — a hidden shredder embedded in the frame by Banksy whirred to life, leaving half the canvas hanging from the frame in strips.
    Sotheby’s received some criticism at the time for failing to spot the hidden shredder. But the 2018 buyer decided to go through with the purchase, a decision that was vindicated on Thursday as the work’s price soared.”
    Lot 67: “Girl With Balloon” [before 2018 sale] https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2018/contemporary-art-evening-auction-l18024/lot.67.html

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