'Copyright is for losers'
Many observers commenting on Banksy’s Instagram post, and on other social media sites such as Twitter, praised the artist’s shoplifting directive and suggested it was a justified tit-for-tat. Others stepped up to criticize him—not just for his encouragement of a crime, but for what they perceive as a hypocritical response to trademark infringement.
In his 2005 book “Wall and Piece,” for example, Banksy wrote that “copyright is for losers,” and he has historically even provided high-resolution images of his artwork on his website for the public to download. But European Union courts have often ruled against his efforts to preside over his own portfolio, citing Banksy’s concealed identity as antithetical to his assertions that his art is his alone to control.
Earlier this week, though, a board of appeal did offer the artist a boost, revalidating a trademark to one his most famous pieces amid a years-long dispute with greeting card company Full Colour Black, The Art Newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Guess has yet to publicly respond to Banksy’s post. Staff members at the company’s Regent Street store in London were unable to be reached for comment.