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A Version of Monopoly Featuring a Graffiti Artist’s Mural Has Sparked a Fierce Legal Drama Over Copyright

The artist says including a photo of his mural in the game constitutes copyright infringement.

by Eileen Kinsella

Image via discovercentralma.com
OG Slick’s mural in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In the battle between an artist and a corporation behind niche editions of the board game Monopoly, nobody is playing around.

The Rhode Island-based game-maker Top Trumps USA Inc. (TTUI) is seeking a proactive judgement from a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts validating its use of a mural by Richard Wyrgatsch II, better known to his fans as OG Slick, in its Worcester, Massachusetts city edition of Monopoly.

Wyrgatsch painted the mural as part of the 2018 POW! WOW! festival in Worcester as a riff on the classic 1960s “Smiley Face” icon that was itself created by another Worcester native, Harry Ball.

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Posted on July 22, 2022 by Editor

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