Aerosol Artists' Rights Need Limits, Developer Tells 2nd Circ.

By Pete Brush (August 30, 2019, 5:44 PM EDT) -- A New York developer on Friday argued a lower court erred in hitting him with $6.75 million in damages for painting over aerosol art on property he wanted to convert to apartments, as the Second Circuit wrestled with the scope of a law designed to protect the rights of visual artists.

At a lengthy oral argument session before Circuit Judges Barrington D. Parker, Reena Raggi and Raymond J. Lohier Jr., counsel for Gerald Wolkoff critiqued Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Frederic Block's 2018 finding that the developer willfully destroyed 45 Long Island City works in violation of the 1990 Visual Artists Rights...

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