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Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Art & Design
Banksy loses trademark rights to well-known flower thrower motif
Banksy loses trademark rights to well-known flower thrower motif
Credit: Britchi Mirela (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The responsible EU authority for intellectual property confirmed to the Deutsche Presse Agentur on Thursday that trademark rights for the "Flower Thrower" motif by the street artist Banksy have been cancelled.

The agency explained that Banksy is keeping his identity secret and has also repeatedly spoken out strongly against copyright in the past as he wrote "Copyright is for losers" in his book "Wall and Piece" in 2005. The British company Full Colour Black had applied for the cancellation of the trademark, as it prints and distributes images of Banksy's motifs on postcards, among other things.

Politics • American • US
"Black Lives Matter" mural painted outside of Trump Tower
Tweeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message. #BlackLivesMatter"
Tweeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message. #BlackLivesMatter" Credit: @NYCMayor via Twitter

New York City painted a large, yellow "Black Lives Matter" mural on the street just outside the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Activists and city workers were joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who authorised the mural earlier this month.

"Black lives matter in our city, and Black lives matter in the United States of America. Let’s show Donald Trump what he does not understand. Let’s paint it right in front of his building for him," so the mayor who helped paint parts of the mural.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Art & Design
France arrests six in theft of Banksy artwork from Bataclan
Fire door, Bataclan
Fire door, Bataclan Credit: Banksy

Reuters reports french officials arrested six people near France’s Italian border in connection with the theft of a mural by British street artist Banksy that memorialized the victims of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

The piece was spray-painted onto an emergency exit door at the Bataclan theatre, and it was stolen in January 2019 by a team of hooded thieves. Detectives tracked it down in a barn at a farmhouse in the Abruzzo region of Italy earlier this month.

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Banksy door resurfaces in Italy
Fire door, Bataclan
Fire door, Bataclan Credit: Banksy

The Italian police have found a stolen artwork from the mysterious artist Banksy. The door, which was stolen last year from the Parisian venue Bataclan, was decorated with a mourning girl by the artist to commemorate the victims of the bloodbath caused by Islamic terrorists in 2015.

The artwork was retrieved in cooperation with the French police. The state of the piece and whether there are any suspects in the case is unknown at this point. Tomorrow, the Italian authorities will likely give more in a press conference.

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Banksy donates Painting to British Hospital
'Game Changer' painting by Banksy
'Game Changer' painting by Banksy Credit: Instagram/@banksy

Banksy, an anonymous British street artist, has donated a painting named 'Game Changer' to the Southhampton General Hospital. The painting shows a kid playing with a superhero nurse doll wearing a cape and bearing the Red Cross on her chest. A note left by the artist read “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its [sic] only black and white".