Do you remember those gorgeous posters for Solo: A Star Wars Story that were released a month ago by Disney?
According to one French artist, those posters are plagiarizing his work.
The accuser is Hachim Bahous, an artist who designed a series of album covers for Sony Music France that, according to him, lay out the template followed by Disney’s Solo posters. You can’t deny there’s more than a similarity.
He posted a comparison shot on Facebook, originally in French, with Disney’s work on one side and his own on the other, along with text saying, in part: “I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery, I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony!”
The post has since been removed…but thankfully someone took a screengrab of it before it was taken down.
The posters, designed by BLT Communications according to IMP Awards, share some visual elements with Bahous’s work, including stylized typography, featuring images inside the lettering, and similar vibrant color schemes. The individual artists behind the Solo posters are at this time unknown and there does not seem to be any extant commentary from the creators or Disney discussing the stylistic influences or inspiration behind the posters.
The albums are actually available on the Barnes & Noble website.
Since this story first broke, a spokesperson for Disney told The Hollywood Reporter that “the posters were created by an outside vendor and it’s something we are currently looking into.”
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