Banksy chooses anonymity over his trademark rights

Banksy reproduction
(Image credit: Zsolt Szigetváry/EPA)

Banksy has proven just how important his anonymity is to him with a recent court case, which has seen the loss of his trademark rights over the iconic 'flower bomber' artwork (above). After challenging a greeting cards company for its use of the art, Banksy would have had to reveal his true identity for the legal claim to stand – something he was not prepared to do. 

As a result, the European Union Intellectual Property Office decided that street artist Banksy has no rights over the image (which is one of the world's most famous examples of street art). Not only was Banksy's anonymity provided as a reason for the decision, but his practice of graffiti was also given as an example of his disregard for property rights in general. The EUIPO underlined its point by quoting Banksy's own book, in which he stated "copyright is for losers," and asserted that efforts to protect his trademark have been "inconsistent with honest practices".

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.