New York graffiti artists triumph over developer who destroyed their work

By Adam Gabbatt in New York

Legal victory for 5Pointz, world-famous graffiti haven painted over by building's owner in 2013, could lead to greater protection for US street artists

A jury has ruled that a real estate developer broke the law by destroying a swath of graffiti art in New York City, in a verdict that could provide legal protections for street artists across the US.

The federal jury made its decision after a group of artists sued Jerry Wolkoff, who painted over their work at the 5Pointz building in Queens, New York City, in November 2013.

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