Anonymous English street graffiti artist Banksy lost the intellectual property rights to 2 more of his works. This decision was made by the EU Intellectual Property Office due to the fact that the artist refused to disclose his identity.
This time we are talking about the graffiti "Girl with an umbrella" and "Rat with a radar". The panel of judges decided that Banksy's actions were in bad faith, as he registers his work as trademarks. At the same time, he seeks to maintain anonymity, and it is for this reason that he cannot be identified as the undisputed owner of these paintings. Recall that this is not the first such case. Previously, Banksy lost the rights to such his works as "Embracing the Bomb", "The Rat in Love", "Laugh Now" and "Flower Thrower".
Agency experts said that the street artist only states that he wants to exhibit his creations for sale, and there is no evidence that Banksy produced, sold or provided any goods or services. The opening of an online store was recognized as an attempt to get away from the law.
Recall that earlier Banksy was deprived of the right to his famous graffiti "Flower Thrower". Full Color Black began selling postcards with this work. This company wanted to patent and trademark Banksy so that it could sell counterfeits under the artist's name. In the UK, there is a law according to which, if the owner of a trademark does not use it, then this mark can be betrayed to the one who will do it. It is for this reason that the anonymous artist was forced to open a Gross domestic product store. But Full Color Black, in turn, insisted that it could use the image, since the author is anonymous.