Intellectual Property Law

New Matter FALL 2019, Volume 44, Number 3

IP and Art: An International Perspective

Cristina Manasse

Manasse Studio Legale, Milan

Banksy’s name is a brand: merchandise banned from an exhibition

Once again, the English street artist known as "Banksy" made the news, this time in a lawsuit in a Milan court about an unauthorized exhibition of some of his works.1 A company with the unlikely name of Pest Control Office Ltd, which manages and protects the rights of the artists, sued 24 Ore Cultura srl, the organizers of an exhibition of some of Banksy’s works (and reproductions) at the Milan museum known as MUDEC.2

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