Non-Conventional Copyright
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Non-Conventional Copyright

Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?

Edited by Enrico Bonadio and Nicola Lucchi

This book draws a picture of possible new spaces for copyright. It expands on whether modern copyright law should be more flexible as to whether new or unconventional forms of expression - including graffiti, tattoos, land art, conceptual art and bio art, engineered DNA, sport movements, jokes, magic tricks, dj-sets, 3D printing, works generated by artificial intelligence, perfume making, typefaces, illegal and immoral works - deserve protection. The contributors offer authoritative, coherent and well-argued essays focusing on whether copyright can subsist in these unconventional subject matters.
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Chapter 4: Street art, graffiti and copyright

Enrico Bonadio


The chapter analyses to what extent copyright laws, in particular in the US and to a lesser extent in the UK, are capable of regulating street art and graffiti. Particular attention is paid to whether such laws can accommodate the needs of street and graffiti artists, and give them appropriate tools to protect their works. The focus is on selected copyright-related aspects which are relevant to street and graffiti art, namely: (a) requirements for protection; (b) moral rights (with emphasis on whether the integrity right could be invoked by this category of artists to oppose the destruction and removal of their pieces); and (c) economic and moral rights protection of illegal works.

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