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“It was art.” Judge Rules. Landlord Must Pay $6.5 Million for Destruction

Posted: Feb 13, 2018

United States District Court Judge Frederic Block has awarded New York graffiti artists 6.5 million dollars in their lawsuit against a landlord, who first whitewashed, and then razed a warehouse that was the site of many spray paintings, to make way for luxury housing.

https://www.amny.com/news/5pointz-lawsuit-1.16724441

A jury earlier  found that the landlord violated the Visual Artists’ Rights Act
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/106A

Read Full Opinion
https://img.nyed.uscourts.gov/files/opinions/13cv5612.pdf

Social Law resources for lawyers representing artists and art collectors include:

Art, Artifact & Museum Law
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1116656

Art & Business: Transactions in Art & Cultural Property.
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1143767?lang=eng

The Deskbook of Art Law
http://encore.socialaw.com/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1082279