Writing’s on the wall for Banksy art as he loses trademark fight

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Writing’s on the wall for Banksy art as he loses trademark fight

The street artist was found to have acted in bad faith during a battle to protect his anarchic creations

Steve Bird

The multimillionaire anarchic guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy once took great pleasure in declaring “copyright is for losers”. But now the anonymous street artist has been stripped of a trademark for his most famous artwork, the Flower Thrower.

This is because he failed to reveal his identity to judges and was found to have acted in “bad faith” during his legal battle with a British greetings card company.

The ruling could see the Bristol artist’s other applications to legally protect his creations challenged in the UK, Europe and the US...

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