Ubiquitous yet unknown, UK street artist, Banksy, , Robin Gunningham, not a fan of copyright protection, has resorted to trademark law to stop unauthorized sale of his work in Italy.
Banksy’s company, Pest Control Office, sued an Italian company for “selling unauthorized merchandise in connection to an art exhibition. In a provisional ruling, a court in Milan has ordered the company to stop selling the merchandise at hand.”
Banksy’s satiric images are among the most recognizable in the world, yet his identify is unknown. He has said that “copyright is for losers.” The Italian matter was the first time he had enforced his trademarks, perhaps not because of the lost income, as much as to maintain control and prevent over-commercialization.