Protecting Street Art Rights Using an NFT-Based System

Eynat Mendelson-Shwartz, Ofir Shwartz, Nir Mualam

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Street art has flourished around the world, gaining international recognition and commercial success. Consequently, controversies over their misuse have escalated, and artists have begun to pursue legal protection of their intellectual property (IP) rights. But asserting these rights is still quite difficult, creating a state of uncertainty and risk to both artists and interested parties. In this article, we introduce Street-Art-NFT-System (SA-NFT), a dynamic street art ledger that enables artists to assert their IP rights and communicate with other interested parties, while maintaining their anonymity. Additionally, SA-NFT can create a new documentation method that will open new avenues for studying a city's ever-changing urban facades.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-100
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Urban Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023


  • graffiti
  • intellectual rights
  • non-fungible token (NFT)
  • non-fungible tokens
  • property rights
  • street art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies


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