Banksy for theater poster

what can i say? it’s all there. a classic rip-off case. we are almost getting comfortable with underground club flayers designed by bunch of Banksies :) . What makes this case worse – this theater show is supported by art funds, soros, EU comunity, Danish culture institute, banks. All their logos are there except there is nothing mentioned about Banksy.


Posted by storm  |  15 Comments  |  in Design, Graffiti


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  3. Sue J 04/26/2012 3:35 pm

    I know this is an old thread but I thought I would add again to it… people still stumble upon these things… I did!
    YTWWN, I am a ‘struggling artist’ had to give up my airbrushing business for health reasons. The reason I came upon this site was because I am working toward an exhibition with some friends and decided I would try and make some extra money for costs by selling images of my own artwork on cards, coasters and place-mats. That led me to thinking about some of Banksy’s images (as I wanted to find out how he would feel about them being used in this way). I don’t like the idea of people selling his work on canvases etc to the mass market, the way they do on Ebay for example, as it’s stretching it a tad too far in my opinion, and is an incredibly lazy way to make a living. For example, I might download music or film from the internet to watch with my daughter (hypothetically speaking of course) but still disagree with people who sell pirated copies of the same. Maybe that makes me slightly hypocritical, but hey that’s how I feel.
    Now I have been trying to decide whether or not I’m comfortable with selling some of my coasters/cards with a Banksy image. I’ve not quite made my decision yet, but I’m leaning towards going with it to be honest. I have read his statement on his website, and read his views on copyright. And I’m thinking if he doesn’t give a shit about copyright then his images are fair game! I’m talking about selling a few at a community art exhibition, not mass selling, I wouldn’t go there… Interestingly I’m sure it will open up a few conversations about copyright if I do go ahead with it. Actually it might be an idea to print some Banksy quotes on the subject… ;) And as for being a criminal, meh! I live my life making decisions that best suit me, for various reasons and they have never necessarily always followed the letter of the law…
    I would be interested to know what your opinion is on this YTWWN… And obviously if that was Banksy posting earlier, it would be interesting to know his thoughts. However, probably this will be consigned to the never to be read again corner of the internet… :)

  4. Sue J 04/25/2012 5:20 pm

    In my opinion I would have no problem with copying Banksy’s work, as his views on copyright are made quite clear in his book ‘Wall and Piece’. Therefore if he paints it on a public place and puts it ‘in my face’ then I can do whatever I want with that image if I follow the same rules as he does. I love Banksy’s work by the way and would not feel guilty at all about getting some of his works printed out for my walls. I am an artist, and have to respect copyright as I used to paint other artist’s works on motorbikes etc. routinely, as an airbrush artist. However I always used to contact the artists themselves to get permission. If I had been asked to paint a Banksy image, I probably still would have tried to make contact out of courtesy, but in that case had I not managed to get permission I probably still would have gone ahead and done it… If I knew the image had been stolen from someone else I probably would have tried to contact the original artist and if they were not happy about it would have respected that and persuaded the customer to go with something else… :)

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  6. jess 04/14/2009 2:51 am

    Yes, this is a rip off.
    But I think they get away with it because most of Banksy’s art is graffiti on public places (technically vandalism), so it isn’t copyrightable. (not true. YTWWN)
    They might have done it simply because of Banksy’s recognition. They could have changed the girl to look different, but kept it exactly the same.

  7. mary 03/31/2009 6:22 am

    not that i know what the danish flyer says, and not that i am well versed in copyright laws, but i would suggest in this instance banksy’s work is well-known enough that this designer is probably not claiming they created that, merely picked it for the flyer because it is aesthetically pleasing.

  8. daz 03/03/2009 11:09 pm

    well sparcs, if he painted on my house , and i painted over it, do i then own the copyright to magnolia painted walls?
    i can’t see how an image is an artists own if painted on someone elses property.

  9. sparcs 02/18/2009 11:04 pm

    the copyright is inherent as soon as the work is done….depending on where you live/are..

  10. Anonymous 02/15/2009 12:18 pm

    …He’s a street artist he swipes symbols and art from all over the place and puts it… all over the place. It’s not his, but it is funny though because as soon as you copy his ‘illegal’ street art you get done for copyright infringement I’ve seen that picture of the little girl with the heart balloon before in loads of places. The thing about art is that most artists that draw or paint on paper or canvas don’t copyright their work. The more people rip it off though the more that original piece of art is worth.

  11. sparcs 02/09/2009 5:42 pm

    most laws are pretty clear about it(well ones that bother about this sort of thing)…it stays the artists… no matter where it is… just because i do it on a mates t-shirt doesn’t mean its his…

    the legalities of how it got there do not come into play… otherwise there is no crime….

  12. daz 02/08/2009 7:03 pm

    hey sparcs,
    i can see where you are coming from, but there is a big difference between selling an image on a shirt( or an idea to a campaign) and painting something on someone elses property.
    if he painted on his stuff, its his. if he paints on someone elses, it isnt. it isnt a case of the difference between public domain and public visible, its about ownership of property, intellectual or otherwise.
    it is pretty shameless to copy the guys work though

  13. SPARCS 02/07/2009 9:56 pm

    was that from a translation??? there were few interesting typos there??? it doesn’t read like any of the banksy stuff i have read..

    @Daz: you must know that that is rubbish?? ok so lets say that ” I don’t see how an image put on the internet/TV/ad campaign/t shirt (anywhere someone can see it)suddenly becomes your own”

    yes once you put something out there you leave it open for ripping…but that doesn’t make it right.

    Some people really have to get the difference between public domain and public visible

  14. from banksy? 02/06/2009 11:22 am


    “Ok guys. I see you didn’t understood a single shit from what I was saying. “Use it for your personal amusement only” – that was a friendly suggestion. Because, you see, I’m a criminal. And not only I vandalize public property, I don’t give a shit about copyrights, I’m ripping off photographers, illustrators, I do abuse commercial symbols and general icons. I’m a “criminal in law”. I’m operating on the street level; I’m alone against the wall … except there may be cops behind the corner.

    I can (probably) be an impersonation of someone called Banksy. And I can be fake. There can be a bunch of me and there can be no one. I’m nobody and nobody can come to arrest me. But you are someone and you represent someone.

    In this case I ripped off illustration from children’s story book. And now listen carefully – as this is a nice trick. If you steal stolen – it doesn’t make you less guilty. Got it?

    If you can imagine me going out clearing copyrights for the work that I’m ripping off for my street art – then you are lunatic (at least ). But if you make poster with your name and logo – I guess you must go and ask children’s book publisher permission.

    That’s it.

    Peace & love.


  15. daz 02/05/2009 9:36 pm

    as much as i like banksy, i can’t see how an image scrawled/stenciled on public property suddenly becomes his own. if it is on public property, it is in the public domain and as such is open to copying.
    its the nature of the beast.all nice to look at though!

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