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  1. Shithead

    Shithead Well-Known Member

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    You own a building in NYC, it gets vandalized, you fix it and then get sued by the vandals....Gotcha


    Graffiti artists suing 5Pointz owner for whitewashing their work from building
    BY Ginger Adams Otis
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Friday, June 12, 2015, 7:03 PM
    [​IMG] DelMundo, Anthony freelance NYDN
    The plaintiffs — well-known taggers from New York, London and elsewhere — said developer Jerry Wolkoff broke the law by covering up the graffiti mecca without giving them time to retrieve their work.
    Nine graffiti artists who spray painted creations across the world-renowned 5Pointz building filed a lawsuit Friday in Brooklyn federal court, seeking unspecified damages from the owner who whitewashed away their artwork.

    The plaintiffs — well-known taggers from New York, London and elsewhere — said developer Jerry Wolkoff broke the law by covering up the graffiti mecca without giving them time to retrieve their work.

    The aerosol artists say they are owed substantial cash damages because Wolkoff painted over their al fresco works.

    In 2013, members of the 5Pointz nonprofit sued to try and stop Wolkoff from tearing down the buildings to construct new development.

    They lost that battle, but Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block noted in his ruling that they could be owed damages if their graffiti works qualified for “recognized stature.”

    Such works are protected under the U.S. Visual Artists Rights Acts.

    The “ephemeral nature” of graffiti on a building exterior would come into play, Block said.

    The judge said some of the works cited, including a famous piece from Lady Pink titled “Green Mother Earth,” might have qualified for protection.

    The artists who sued Friday were not given any warning from Wolkoff that a whitewash was coming — and therefore had no time to pull down or preserve their artwork, their attorney said.

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    The iconic buildings had more than 350 works of visual art on the walls — inside and out — when Wolkoff destroyed them, the lawsuit said.
    Some of the pieces could have gone to museums, had the artists been given notice, the suit said.

    “Our clients seek justice for the unlawful destruction of their artwork. This case will demonstrate that these cherished works of art must be protected to the fullest extent of the law,” said attorney Eric Baum of Eisenberg & Baum, who filed the suit.

    “This case is not only brought on behalf of plaintiffs, but it sends a message to everyone that the unlawful destruction of artwork will not be tolerated. If anyone violates federal law under the Visual Rights Act, they must be held accountable,” added Baum.

    The creation of 5Pointz dates to 1993, when Wolkoff first let visual arts use the derelict Long Island City property he owned as their large-scale canvases.

    By 2002, well known artist Jonathan Cohen was running 5Pointz as an artist installation — attracting tagging talent from around the globe.

    The iconic buildings had more than 350 works of visual art on the walls — inside and out — when Wolkoff destroyed them, the lawsuit said.

    The colorful, eye-catching creations were torn down for good last summer.
     
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    they should call a meeting for all the taggers. then shoot them all.

    :coffee:
     
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    jonathan cohen--the head spraypaint guy I guess
    he has the plague or something right? maybe a zombie even

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    Okay, congratulations. You've finally convinced me. We're fucking doomed as a society.
     
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    This…So sad...
     
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    Anyone can sue anyone. That doesn't mean that the suit has any merit. Just ask Howard.
     
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    PI Nate Disenfranchised since 1984... Gold POTY Politics

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    That alleged owner didn't build that structure. What gives him the Right to destroy an artists work?
     
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    Rocinante Well-Endowed Member Gold

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    I thought they cured leprosy in modern countries?
     
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    PI Nate Disenfranchised since 1984... Gold POTY Politics

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    In modern countries yes, but this is nyc. a vast, largely untamed area inhabited by many peoples, who perform exotic dance rituals.


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    :haha:
     
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    What's next? Sidewalk chalk artist suing the weathermen after the rain washes away their work?

    For the record, I love talented graffiti artist and their artwork. These guys are just morons.
     
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    Fuck those vandals
     
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    This. I've always thought graffiti vandals should be used for target practice.:bounce:

    It really would not be difficult to put an end to this kind of nonsense with a few more common sense judges.
     
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    Classic picture.
     
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    That does it. I'm suing my park for not allowing me to retrieve my dog's poop before they washed it away.
     
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    When this passes for logic, there is no hope left for the country or it's future!

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    This! And bigger picture. Private property rights must be protected. They are under assault with regulations being imposed by the EPA and other agencies by this administration.
     
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    the lawyer who agreed to file this case, should be on the top of the disbarment list.
     
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    I'm going to sue my old high school . I'm sure the washed all my desk art off the desks after I graduated . Bastards !