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Street Art, Graffiti and the Moral Right of Integrity: Can Artists Oppose the Destruction and Removal of their Works?

Bonadio, E. (2018). Street Art, Graffiti and the Moral Right of Integrity: Can Artists Oppose the Destruction and Removal of their Works?. NUART, 1(1), pp. 17-22.

Abstract

The relatively recent boom of street art and graffiti in many cities around the world animates and brings attention to the debate around their conservation. Can artists within these communities use the legal tools offered by moral rights laws to preserve their art? This note addresses this issue and, in particular, expands on whether street artists and graffiti writers can rely on moral rights regimes to prevent the destruction or removal of their works. It does so by looking at recent cases, especially in the US, where artists have started lawsuits aimed at preserving their street pieces or anyhow objecting to their
erasure. The note also partially draws on semi-structured interviews I have conducted with several street artists and graffiti writers, whom I asked questions about whether they nurture interest in taking legal action for the above purposes.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Subjects: K Law
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21449
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