Arrests made in connection with the theft a of Banksy copy

Police have arrested two men in Folkestone in connection with the theft of a copy of Banksy’s graffiti artwork ‘Art Buff’, The Guardian reports.

The original piece was the subject of a groundbreaking legal dispute in 2015. Dreamland Leisure Limited, the tenant of the property on which the mural appeared in 2014, cut it out of the wall and sent it to a New York gallery for sale. Determined to save ‘Art Buff’ for Folkestone, arts charity the Creative Foundation took legal action against Dreamland on the advice of specialist art lawyers Becky Shaw at Boodle Hatfield and Tim Maxwell now at Charles Russell Speechlys. Continue reading

Who owns street art?

A Banksy mural that appeared on the back of an amusement arcade triggered a groundbreaking legal dispute, write Tim Maxwell, Becky Shaw and Andrew Bruce.

In a judgment handed down on 11 September in The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Limited [2015] EWHC 2556 (Ch), the High Court held that a tenant was not entitled to remove a Banksy mural from the wall of its leasehold property and must deliver it up to the claimant. Continue reading