McKenna on KIRO: Federal law protecting graffiti?

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a case out of New York, where the owner of an unused factory building in Queens painted over graffiti art. A judge granted $6.7 million to 21 graffiti artists after they sued under the federal Visual Artists Rights Act.

Dave Ross: “You know, a while back, didn’t they scrape off the famous Pike Place Market Gum Wall? Couldn’t you have invoked this act to prevent that from happening?”

Rob McKenna: “No, because the Gum Wall is the product of hundreds and hundreds of – I’ll say, contributions – of gum by the people who put it there, and not the product of one or even a handful of artists, unlike the graffiti [in New York].”

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