Banksy, a British graffiti artist, says that Guess copied some of his work. An Oscar-nominated graffiti artist allegedly shared an Instagram shot of London’s Regent Street Store to warn shops that shoplifters frequent the area. He alleged that the well-known apparel firm stole and exploited his concepts without authorization. Continue reading to learn more about these allegations.
The graffiti artist known only as “Banksy” has publicly chastised Guess for profiting from his work without compensating him. He essentially invited all “shoplifters” to rob the store by posting a picture of it on London’s Regent Street. “Attention all professional thieves. The designer encouraged followers to visit the GUESS store on London’s Regent Street in an Instagram post.
Guess is accused of “Flower Thrower Graffiti” by Banksy
The Oscar-nominated graffiti artist appeared in front of Guess’ Regent Street flagship store, inviting would-be shoplifters to stop by.
When they’ve taken my paintings without asking, I don’t see why you shouldn’t do the same with their apparel. On Instagram, a well-known graffiti artist posted. Banksy’s characteristic Flower Thrower graffiti, as well as clothes with his image, can be found in the shop.
According to the artist, this well-known apparel company stole his artwork and replicated his designs without his permission. If you’re a Guess fan, you’ve probably seen their latest advertising for a line of clothing that boasts “graffiti by Banksy.” Despite crediting the artist, the corporation did not have his consent to use his name in any way.
Guess describes the project as “an urban graffiti licence whose objective is to give Banksy admirers affordable graffiti souvenirs.” In another Banksy painting, a toddler throws a Vladimir Putin doppelganger to the ground in a judo match, while a woman in rollers and a gas mask wields a fire extinguisher. In the meantime, Guess has remained mute in the face of Banksy’s claims.
Is Guess Subject to Copyright Liability?
Banksy may have committed copyright violations, but he appears to have been swayed by too many subjective factors. The singer recently expressed his support for shoplifting, which is a criminal offence. As a result, Guess locked its doors and stationed guards in front of the storefront windows. They refused to even speak to the media, so even their own employees remained silent.
Guess’ chief creative officer, Paul Marciano, has been cited as saying, “Banksy’s graffiti has had a great influence that echoes across popular culture.” The fashion sector may express its gratitude with this new capsule collection created in conjunction with Brandalised.”
On the topic of copyright, Virtuoso Legal CEO Liz Ward agreed with Guess, noting that the company “seems to have properly sourced the Banksy artwork via a third party, notably Brandalised.” Brandalism has the “legal rights” to sell Banksy-themed merchandise. As a result, Banksy has no breathing space.
She stated they don’t know if Banksy was on board with the trade or even knew about it. If he was aware, his words could be used to launch a guerrilla marketing campaign. If he was unaware of it, he must be irritated, especially since such well-known companies and brands contradict his anti-establishment beliefs
Furthermore, even if he wished to legally bind Guess or Brandalised, her/his decision to remain nameless would prevent him from doing so. While copyright infractions are often considered civil offences, the attorney emphasised the seriousness of the case and the possibility of long-term commercial damage.
Which of Banksy’s works is the most well-known?
Banksy’s most popular and well-known work is Young Woman Holding a Balloon. Girl With Balloon (2002), Banksy’s most well-known mural, depicts a young girl crying after losing a red heart-shaped balloon. It began in London and has since spread to other cities around the world.