Artist sues after TV show films Montreal building that he had tagged with graffiti


Locutus
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that's right...



MONTREAL — To the untrained eye, the spray-painted letters look like just another of the thousands of graffiti tags that cover Montreal walls. But when Alexandre Veilleux saw the tag in the opening of the popular Radio-Canada drama 30 Vies, he recognized his own handiwork.

Now Mr. Veilleux, a graffiti artist known professionally as Alex Scaner, has gone to court seeking $45,000 in damages from Radio-Canada and the production company behind 30 Vies, Productions Aetios Inc., saying they used his work without permission.

“The plaintiff is the author of a tag, an artistic work painted in 2010 on a building located on René-Lévesque Blvd in Montreal,” his statement of claim filed this month in Quebec Court states.

Radio-Canada and Aetios “forged, modified, mutilated and broadcast the work” for commercial purposes, it continues. An image in which the tag appears below the show’s spray-painted title was reproduced on promotional billboards for the show’s first and second seasons.

In addition to the tag, a mural Mr. Veilleux painted with another Montreal artist appears in the opening of the third season of 30 Vies, which follows the lives of students and teachers at an inner-city high school. The show, created by popular Quebec screenwriter Fabienne Larouche, draws an average audience of 687,000 people.



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Artist sues after TV show films Montreal building that he had tagged with graffiti | National Post
 
lone wolf
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I wonder if 45 grand will cover the clean-up costs
 
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