This week, the European Union of Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) panel said it ruled against the artist because he could not be identified as the unquestionable owner of such works because (his) identity remained hidden.
The case was in regards to the copy right of a gift card company using Banksy’s ‘Flower Thrower’ image.
“Banksy has chosen to remain anonymous and, for the most part, to paint graffiti on other people’s property without their permission, rather than to paint it on canvases or his own property,” the panel said.
The white cubed space of a gallery is not the love affair of art and artists alike. This white cube is often dominated by the minority who dictate what art is worthy enough to go on its walls, which often goes unchallenged. So as many artists find this environment competitive, nepotistic and straight down the line unchallenging and boring for the life of a piece of art work, some artists choose for their works to be a part of communities where engagement is by all of society, not the few.
With regards to Banksy I am looking forward to his next piece of work.