Law360 covered the recent landmark ruling by the Second Circuit against a real estate developer who whitewashed the “graffiti mecca” known as 5Pointz in Queens, New York. The ruling cited the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), an amendment to a federal copyright law intended to protect art from ‘destruction or mutilation’.
Partner Megan E. Noh was quoted in the article saying, “The Second Circuit's opinion is a resounding confirmation that VARA doesn't only protect artwork that comes from the Louvre. Rather, it prevents the destruction of artwork recognized as significant by the relevant artistic community, subject to a flexible, contextually specific standard."
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