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Legal Dept: Techies Developing Apps to Fight Graffiti

Submitted by russell on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 22:28

Just a few examples from a simple Google search:

Graffiti Buster:
Since the days of Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, graffiti has adorned the walls of our urban neighborhoods. In modern times, spray paint and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. Graffiti is a quality-of-life issue that can result in costly cleanup and lowered property values. It generates the perception of blight. The appearance of graffiti is often perceived by residents and passers-by as a sign that a downward spiral in a neighborhood has begun, even though this may not be true.

The Graffiti Buster App was created as another tool to combat blighting graffiti in our neighborhoods. With the app, the reporting of graffiti is now streamlined, providing all needed information directly to municipal authorities. Reporting graffiti for cleanup is now as easy…

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Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art

Submitted by russell on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 19:45


Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art
by Hrag Vartanian on April 4, 2013

Original here:…

20-year-old artist Jennifer Pawluck was arrested Wednesday morning at 10:30am after posting a picture of anti-police street art on her Instagram feed a few days before.

“Many of my friends do not like the police,” Pawluck told the Huffington Post Québec in French. “I thought it would be funny to put the picture on Instagram. I do not even know who he is, Ian Lafrenière.”

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Graffiti Conference Seeks Public's Help

Submitted by russell on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 08:55

Graffiti conference seeks public's help
Neal J. Riley
Published 4:51 pm, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Graffiti is a more than $20 million-a-year problem in San Francisco, and though city officials put out a call Thursday to eradicate graffiti blight, there's still disagreement on how vandals should be punished.

At the first Zero Graffiti International Conference, hundreds of people from around the world gathered at St. Mary's Cathedral to discuss fighting graffiti and browse products to take spray paint and markers off any surface.

"Graffiti vandalism is a drain on our city's resources, impacting our neighborhoods and quality of life," said George Gascón, San Francisco's district attorney. "We ask the public to help out by reporting graffiti crime."

Split over penalties

Mohammed Nuru, the Department of Public Works director, said his agency takes an average of 3,000 calls a month about graffiti and has seen an…

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SF's Zero Graffiti Conference Goes International

Submitted by russell on Sun, 01/06/2013 - 18:59

Back in 2009, San Francisco's DPW held a Zero Graffiti conference. They released a video talking about problems of blight (i.e., graffiti) that cities face across the world. Out of curiosity and continued research on how people interact and react to graffiti, public art, etc., I attended the event. Beyond the government hurrumphing and back patting (for spending millions of dollars to not solve a "problem"), I was impressed by all the statistics that the City government presented that day: stats that showed complaints and arrests (not many arrests) in a zoned SF. There was also talk of new technologies for detecting spray paint on a wall, but I do not know if this has advanced since then.

For 2013, Zero Graffiti has gone international.…

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Oakland Might Get Tough on Graffiti

Submitted by russell on Wed, 11/21/2012 - 21:34

Going After Graffiti

A new law proposed by Oakland's city attorney would impose fines on both taggers and property owners.
By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

from the East Bay Express:…

With graffiti becoming an increasingly serious problem in large areas of Oakland, the Oakland City Attorney's Office is proposing a new city ordinance that would impose financial penalties on persons convicted of applying graffiti to property within the city and on property owners who fail to remove graffiti in a timely manner. The proposal is scheduled to receive its first hearing before the city council's Public Works Committee on November 27.

If passed as proposed, the new ordinance would also impose fines on parents of minors convicted of graffiti offenses, as well as upgrade tagging from an infraction to a…

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HuffPost Discusses Fair Use and Copyright within Street Art

Submitted by russell on Sat, 09/15/2012 - 13:12
Watch it here.
You can also read about Shepard Fariey's copyright infringement settlement with the Associated Press here (LA Times).
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Mayor: We’ll Arrest and Prosecute Park Vandals

Submitted by russell on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 18:01

Mayor: We’ll Arrest and Prosecute Park Vandals

By: Rigoberto Hernandez | June 19, 2012 – 3:24 pm (link to posting)

The vandals of Dolores Park and Potrero Del Sol have gained a new powerful enemy: Mayor Ed Lee.

Today, during the mayor’s question time at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Lee promised to take steps to curb the vandalism that has hit city parks recently.

The Helen Diller playground at Dolores Park, for example, was vandalized just days after opening in April. Vandals marked the playground with graffiti and removed six of the 14 metal keys from the xylophone, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Crimes of vandalism and graffiti are an assault on our public resources,” Lee said. “It’s shameful.”

Here is how the mayor promised to curb the vandalism:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department is working with food vendors…
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Vandal Stencils Original Picasso (Video, TX, USA)

Submitted by russell on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 11:07

Police are investigating after a vandal defaced an original Pablo Picasso painting at a Texas museum last week and it happened to be captured on video by another museum-goer.

A grainy cellphone video on YouTube shows a man in a suit spray-painting a stencil of a bullfighter killing a bull on the 1929 Picasso painting "Woman in a Red Armchair" at Houston's Menil Collection museum. The man also wrote the Spanish word "Conquista" (meaning to conquer) before he fled.

The person who posted the video online alleges the culprit is a Mexican-American artist. Further to that, the museum-goer who filmed the spray painter told KPRC Channel 2 the vandal identified himself as an artist looking to honour Picasso's work.

Houston police spokeswoman Victor Senties told the Houston Chronicle they are investigating it as a criminal mischief case.

Museum security immediately took the painting to its in-house expert for repair June 13, the newspaper reports.

The value of…

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NYC Tagger Neo was also NYPD

Submitted by russell on Sun, 11/06/2011 - 21:47

Graffiti legend was also an NYPD cop


Last Updated: 11:24 AM, November 6, 2011

Posted: 9:34 PM, November 5, 2011

Police have discovered the identity of one of New York City’s most prolific graffiti vandals -- and he’s one of their own.

Steven Weinberg, 43, of Flushing, a patrolman who retired from the NYPD in 2001 after hurting his leg, is the notorious “Neo” -- one of the peskiest subway taggers of the 1980s.

And the spray-painting miscreant is making a comeback, cops say.

“He’s definitely prolific,” a source said.

Transit cops investigating graffiti in northeast Queens watched as Neo’s tag began appearing all over train trestles and highway overpasses the last two years, not far from Weinberg’s home.

They knew their nemesis was a cop. Numerous tipsters confided that Neo once wore a badge, and detectives uncovered a faceless photograph of Neo online, back to the camera, wearing an…

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Richmond, CA PD Install Covert Cameras

Submitted by russell on Sun, 08/07/2011 - 12:03

Somebody’s Watching You: City Installs Covert Cameras
by Melissa Scott Sinclair

Original SFWeekly Post

Flash. Click. Busted.

Richmond police have placed 11 hidden cameras around the city as part of a secret surveillance program intended to catch graffiti taggers, illegal dumpers and other miscreants.

Each solar-powered camera snaps a series of still photos when it detects motion in an area known for illegal activity. Police then review the photos and, if they have enough information, identify and charge suspects.

“It’s hard for you to say, ‘It was not me,’ when I have a picture of you or a video of you,” says Maj. Sydney G. Collier, chief of staff for the Richmond Police Department. Since quietly launching the camera program in April, he says, police have used the cameras to make three arrests: two for illegal dumping and one for…

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