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Sticking It To The Man

I think it’s safe to say we’ve all heard of Star Wars. And diehards are anxiously awaiting the Han Solo backstory movie. Personal opinions aside, Disney may have blatantly stolen the graphic design for it’s Solo promotional posters, from a French graphic designer.

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I mean, lots of movies stick images in giant letters – so overdone, eye roll* – but the similarities here are hard to deny. The French designer, Hachim Bahous, has made his case in court and on social media. As the Quartz article (https://qz.com/1221923/with-the-solo-a-star-wars-story-posters-disney-copied-a-french-graphic-designer-he-alleges/) that ran this piece points out, making your case to social media may be the best way to take on a giant like Disney. Only when Bahous had the attention of the internet could he get the backing he needed to file a lawsuit against Disney for plagiarizing his work. The article also explains some of the legal options available for small time graphic designers to protect their designs from corporations with multi-million dollar legal teams. If you’re going to be a graphic designer, this is something you should be prepared for, just in case.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. zworrell wrote:

    Although I appreciate what Disney has done for my childhood, this is just lazy. I wish larger companies had respect for small designers and would commission them instead of ripping them off. They could easily support a budding designer and take them under their wing by paying them to create content! It’s not like they have a shortage of money and “can’t afford” to do the right thing. I’m glad Bahous took this case to the web, and I’m hoping he’ll get the exposure he needs to stick it to ’em.

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:15 am | Permalink
  2. dhyde wrote:

    I wonder what the designers were thinking when they did this. Did they think that no one would know? It seems like in big companies like Disney they would be more carful not to run into copyright or legal trouble when creating designs. I mean I am careful to not copy work when I design something, I’ll even google my ideas to make sure no one has already done what I thought of.

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:24 am | Permalink