Street artist Banksy launches legal offer for famous works brand in Australia
The other is his Girl with balloon, a symbol of lost innocence that has appeared around the world and recently made headlines when a painting has been partially shredded at the Sotheby’s auction house, moments after a bidder bought it for over £ 1million.
According to IP Australia, the federal agency that administers Australia’s intellectual property rights system, London-based Banksy Pest Control Office Ltd filed a trademark application on the two images in July 2019, and they were accepted at the end of April 2021. The one-month deadline for filing an objection expires on June 29.
The request was made by Perth Bennett & Co. law firm David Stewart, chief of staff, said he was unable to comment on the request.
Last week, a European intellectual property court overturned four of Banksy’s trademarks on his works, following a similar ruling last September on the Floral bomber jacket job.
The court found that the artist filed a bad faith claim because he had never sold any products related to the brand until he opened a store called Gross Domestic Product in 2019, which the court declared to have done to “circumvent the law”. The court noted that if he had tried to assert copyright, then “identifying himself would take away the secret personality that propels his fame and success.”
The court also noted that in its book Wall and room, Banksy said that “copyright is for the losers”.
A notice posted on the official Pest Control Office website said the public was “welcome to use the images of Banksy for personal non-commercial entertainment.” Print them in a color that matches your curtains, make a card for your grandma, submit them as your own homework, whatever ”.
However, he added: “Saying” Banksy wrote that copyright is for losers in his book “don’t give you free rein to distort the artist and commit fraud. We have checked.”