Journal Article

Legal questions about illegal art

Tomasz Rychlicki

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 3, issue 6, pages 393-401
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online April 2008 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI:
Legal questions about illegal art

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Legal context

This article deals with most important legal questions regarding graffiti. It seeks to identify issues that may arise in copyright and trade mark law. The analysis is based on selected international, Polish, UK, US and European Union regulations.

Key points and practical significance

The social phenomenon known as graffiti is not legally indifferent. However, there are few articles dealing with those issues relevant in IP law. The author presents a short overview of the contemporary graffiti movement. He then presents important IP legal problems that may arise as regards to graffiti activity and briefly analyzes those issues relevant to domestic and international legal regimes.

Keywords: Most graffiti is illegal, but that does not mean that interesting IP questions do not arise in relation to this cultural phenomenon.; Following a short overview of the contemporary graffiti movement, the author article seeks to analyse some of the basic questions that arise concerning copyright protection and industrial property law.; The author calls for a more focused analysis in the future of this controversial problem.

Journal Article.  5781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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