Would it be illegal to 'enhance' any adverts displayed on an illegal billboard?

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by editor, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Imagine, if you will, that some dodgy company has erected a very large billboard outside your house without any planning permission whatsoever.

    What would be the legal position on 'enhancing' any adverts subsequently posted up on this illegal billboard?
  2. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    i think it might come under criminal damage (of the billboard), irrespective of whether it's there legally or not..
  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Jeez- they're well dodgy fuckers:

  4. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Do it.

    If they haven't got planning permission, fuck them. And if you're covert enough nobody will know.
  5. GarfieldLeChat

    GarfieldLeChat fucking awesome but wrong

    report it to the planning department as they will then get fined (or loosen it from the wall and make it fall down...)
  6. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The last illegal one took something like 7 years or summat to get taken down!

    What I want is a freak lightning bolt to set fire to the thing.
  7. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    What's it advertising, out of interest?
  8. GarfieldLeChat

    GarfieldLeChat fucking awesome but wrong

    I have a crowbar you can borrow...
  9. ernestolynch

    ernestolynch Banned Banned

    Post up your intentions on an internet forum crawling with touts and filth then do the damage!
  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    What about if someone - not me of course - took to advising any concerned members of the public about the illegality of the billboard by regularly posting up large notices over the adverts advising them of that fact, and included the council planning department contact details?
  11. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    It would be well worth the fine wouldn't it, I'd imagine doing the same legitimately would cost more.
  12. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    Erect your own illegal billboard directly in front of it.

    You aren't touching or damaging their property then. At the same time though no one can see their ads.
  13. editor

    editor hiraethified

    You get a £2,500 fine for each illegal advert!
  14. bonathanjishop

    bonathanjishop Banned Banned

    Considering only the Human Rights Act, providing someone doesn't put the Swastika or incite hatred against people with a 'protected characteristic' under the Equality Act 2010 or damage anyone else's reputation then any graffiti should be considered 'freedom of expression' under the Human Rights Act, as it is considered 'free speech' in the US.

    As far as I'm aware since the Tories discovered poster advertising there have been no prosecutions against people defacing them! However, there is a lot of other legislation in place, which are incompatible with our rights under the HRA, which are covered in this document:

    If for some reason there was to be graffiti on that poster and no one knew who did it, then as you can see in that document, the council could issue a notice and fine the owner of the billboard if they do nothing about it.

    You could argue that putting the billboard up without planning permission is the equivalent of fly-posting and that document says what can be done about that.

    Legal advice is worth as much as you pay for it - this is free!
  15. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    given that it's very presence is illegal, surely any damage done to it is OK
  16. Clair De Lune

    Clair De Lune Well-Known Member

    Is this middle aged vandalism? :D
    Draw a big cock on it, you know you want to! ;)
  17. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    sometimes, only a crudely drawn penis will do.
  18. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    Come on man. You own a forum full of bored internet people. Post up a picture and I'm sure some people will post up suggestions for defacement, and some will do it.
  19. bonathanjishop

    bonathanjishop Banned Banned

    Not in Rhondda Cynon Taff - there are such marks on the mural my firm erected in Treforest and no one from the council came to remove them! Puns intended!
  20. ajdown

    ajdown Posting in this thread

    My suggestion is to put a bicycle chain around one of the posts of the billboard, and chain it to that big fence that's right behind it*. Some scumbag will see it as a challenge, and nick the billboard.

    *theoretically, of course, I couldn't possibly imagine which billboard you might be talking about, that I may have happened to drive past yesterday evening...
  21. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    What jonathan bishop has said has reminded me of a video of someone graffing over flyposters whilst police looked on and said it was fine as long as he didn't touch the wall. No chance of me finding that link on my phone though.
    If you want me to try to find it over the weekend let me know.
  22. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    it doesn't take a great mind to work out why.
  23. Wilson

    Wilson most misunderstood

    use a catapult and some clingfilm paint bombs, make sure you dress in black though ;)
  24. Or make paint bombs from eggs... get 6 eggs, 'blow' them (save contents for an omelette), fill empty egg shells with paint (use plenty of thinners) using a syringe. Cover holes with a bit of tape. Voila!
  25. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    water balloons are better than both, being almost designed for the job.
  26. you get a better splat pattern with eggs
  27. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    On Acre Lane years ago was a billboard advertising Father Ted, it had FECK painted right across it in bright red paint.

    Maybe you had to be there.
  28. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

    And they go much futher
  29. bonathanjishop

    bonathanjishop Banned Banned

    But you've got to be careful who you do it to!:

  30. pk

    pk drink flounce rinse repeat

    I had that Nescafe advert with that wanker about 20 feet high opposite a place I used to live, so we painted the word WANKER on it in 3 feet high letters. It got taken down the next morning and it never returned.

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