Banksy does good, but Guetta loses big time

British artist Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Monday for the duration of the Art in the Streets exhibition. “I don’t think you should have to pay to look at graffiti. You should only pay if you want to get rid of it,” said Banksy. MOCA

And this: Thierry Guetta, the Los Angeles man whose conversion into graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash was detailed in "Exit From the Gift Shop," has lost a major court ruling that could affect how artists' rights are viewed going forward. Federal judge Dean Pregerson ruled that Guetta did not have the right to use Glen E. Friedman's iconic photo of Run DMC and alter it in a piece of his own. The decision "might be the beginning of a massive limiting of the fair use defense enjoyed by artists to copyright claims," says The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner.

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