The collaborations between the street and the high-end represent a change in the business of fashion. Amelia Groom in her essay on Japan's contemporary street fashion culture observes that 'change in fashion has often been explained as a 'trickle-down' effect of class imitation followed by class aversion.'
Banksy is one of the few people who have been able to popularly harmonise the terms 'graffiti' and 'artist' and his work is treasured around the world from the West Bank to Bristol. Yet Banksy's fame brings a headache to would-be art dealers and community leaders the world over: just who owns a Banksy?
The broad area of intellectual property, protecting people's rights and copyright law in particular is hugely complex to most people. Centuries of tradition and common law lie behind what is in place today in the UK with the geographically-based rules and regulations -- hardly a good fit when much content today is digital, and certainly not based on physical geography.