Banksy loses copyright ownership of ‘Flower Thrower’ artwork after refusing to reveal his identity in court

Banksy’s identity is perhaps one of the greatest secrets to date. However, this mystery has cost him his intellectual property rights to one of his most famous pieces of artwork. His failure to reveal his true identity to the court judges, meant that he lost a two-year ongoing legal battle with card company ‘Full Colour Black’ over the copyright ownership to the art. The image which consists of a man holding a bouquet of flowers was painted by the artist on the West Bank in Jerusalem.

The Court held that the anonymous creator could not claim an EU trade mark for the piece in question due the inability to be “identified as the unquestionable owner of such works”. Despite Banksy’s legal battle, he previously made claims to never commercialise his projects in order to enable the free utilisation and downloads of his works. The latter was of course pointed out by the judges in the case, disregarding any possible merit for his argument. 

It was said that his dismissiveness towards intellectual property and the graffitiing on others’ property without permission were partial reasons that led to him to lose the case. In other news, recent speculations swirling around social media led Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan to deny all allegations that he is the real Banksy.

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