Oh the Irony: Walmart Sells Banksy Piece ‘Destroy Capitalism’

Even better: the prints weren't even made by the artist

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Walmart entered new dimensions of irony when it briefly advertised prints of Banksy’s piece ‘Destroy Capitalism’ on its website.

The renowned British street artist’s publicist said the prints were not made by Banksy. However, since Banksy doesn’t copyright his images, Walmart is free to use them or derivatives of them without asking for permission.

In a comment to the Huffington Post, Walmart said that it had “disabled” links to the piece.

The company also offered  a print by street artist Eddie Colla. The work, which in this context bears the singularly apt title of “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission,” is erroneously labeled as Banksy’s on Walmart’s website.

“If Walmart had contacted me for a licensing deal, there’s not a dollar amount that exists that I would have done it for,” Colla told LA Weekly, adding that he plans on taking legal action.

[Huffington Post]

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smiliger
smiliger

Due to the Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1989 (it's an amendment to the Copyright Act in 1976) copyright is automatic when the work is created - it does not need to be registered to be copyrighted.  Even if Banksy did not register his work it is still protected under copyright law.