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3 Things To Know About 2nd Circ.'s Big Graffiti Ruling

By Bill Donahue (February 21, 2020, 7:46 PM EST) -- A ruling against a New York City real estate developer who destroyed the iconic graffiti space known as 5Pointz isn't just a win for the artists who sued, but a landmark ruling on a little-used statute aimed at protecting works of art.

In a decision issued Thursday, the Second Circuit ruled that Jerry Wolkoff willfully violated the Visual Artists Rights Act in 2013 when he whitewashed the Queens "graffiti mecca," which the developer demolished a year later to build condominiums.

The appeals court also upheld a $6.75 million fine against Wolkoff, calling his decision to suddenly destroy the street art an...

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