What Rights do Artists Have in Publicly Displayed Works?

Calling all mural and tattoo artists, you officially have your day in court!

Actually, several ongoing cases involving publicly displaying artists are defining not only the rights of artists and traditional property owners (i.e. building owners subject to graffiti), but also movie and video game publishers, car manufacturers, and political organizations. Before diving into the details, let’s take a stroll through the lovely, inspiring, and weird land of art law. To fully appreciate the sights and sounds of our journey, we need to reference our field guide for some examples of what may be considered publicly displayed art.