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What used to be an underground scene, graffiti art is now becoming a lucrative mainstream career. Museums and galleries are beginning to exhibit graffiti art, and artists like Banksy are earning thousands of dollars per piece.
California Graffiti artists, Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin (who actually go by Revok, Reyes and Steel, respectively), have initiated a suit in August against the Cavalli brand claiming copyright infringement and violations of the Lanham (Trademark) Act. The artists claim that major fashion brand, Cavalli, has copied their original work in Cavalli’s March “Just Cavalli” Collection
The artists’’ work in question is located in San Franscisco’s mission district.
According to the suit filed in August, “sometimes, Cavalli added what appears to be a signature, creating the false impression that Roberto Cavalli himself was the artist.” The lawsuit also added, “much of the work misappropriated by the Cavalli Defendants were Plaintiff’s stylized signatures from the Mural (literally, their names) — giving new meaning to the idea of appropriating an artist’s signature style.”
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It is not common practice for graffiti artists to use intellectual property as a means to protect their work, but with fellow graffiti artists filing law suits against the movie The Zero Theorem and singer Sara Bareilles, it seems more artists are looking at the law as a means to claim and protect their work in the legal world.