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In recent years, the number of conflicts related to the misuse of street art and graffiti has been on the rise around the world. Some cases involve claims of misappropriation related to corporate advertising campaigns, while others entail the destruction or 'surgical' removal of street art from the walls on which they were created. In this work, Enrico Bonadio brings together a group of experts to provide the first comprehensive analysis of issues related to copyright in street art and graffiti. Chapter authors shed light not only on the legal tools available in thirteen key jurisdictions for street and graffiti artists to object to unauthorized exploitations and unwanted treatments of their works, but also offer policy and sociological insights designed to spur further debate on whether and to what extent the street art and graffiti subcultures can benefit from copyright and moral rights protection.


'This book paints a rich picture of the meeting of street art and copyright law. It explores social norms within the subversive artistic community and the friction with external players. The chapters offer an eye-opening tour of urban spaces, and uncover the social and legal layers behind the city’s biting art.'

Michael Birnhack - University of Tel Aviv

'With the explosion of street art emerging on the walls of our cities and circulating through our social media feeds, this book is a timely and informative examination of the copyright law and policy issues that street art and graffiti generate, and the diverse interests that they impact.'

Jani McCutcheon - University of Western Australia

'From Banksy to Hosier Lane to legal disputes involving 5Pointz and H&M, this timely volume tackles challenging copyright and related questions concerning street art and graffiti. The collected essays feature authors with diverse geographical and disciplinary backgrounds. Whether you are a street art aficionado, student in fine art or commentator on copyright law, this book will provoke you to rethink the legal treatment of unconventional forms of cultural heritage.'

Peter K. Yu - Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A & M University

'Street art and the law have danced many a pas de deux over the past few decades. Now, with The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright in Street Art and Graffiti, Enrico Bonadio and his contributors reveal the next step in this dance: the interplay of street art and copyright law. As street art and graffiti increasingly cross over into the worlds of commerce and popular culture, complex issues of ownership, authenticity, and copyright arise - and with them, the scholarly importance of this book. Sweeping across courts, countries, and continents, this book choreographs a critical, comparative understanding of street art’s contemporary legal milieu.'

Jeff Ferrell - author of Crimes of Style: Urban Graffiti and the Politics of Criminality

'What an amazing and highly original collection of works by Enrico Bonadio and his impressive cast of collaborators ranging from graffiti artists and lawyers to academics. This book should be read by everybody with an interest in the theory and practice of art, copyright, creativity, and comparative law.'

Uma Suthersanen - Chair in International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London

‘Enrico Bonadio brings together a host of academic opinions on graffiti and street art, specifically the copyright and moral rights issues which have reared their heads since the early 2000s, creating a handbook which is enjoyable, comprehensive, and varied enough to maintain the reader’s interest throughout.’

Aislinn O’Connell Source: European Intellectual Property Review

‘The diverse group of legal experts … and art scholars … assembled present a broad spectrum of viewpoints on the intellectual property rights merited by street art and graffiti … The book is provocative and authoritative.’

L. C. Duhon Source: Choice

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