Passive Guy received a tip about another HarperCollins book cover. It’s a Man’s World by Polly Courtney, published by Avon, an HC imprint, is available for pre-order on Amazon UK. The book cover bears more than a passing resemblance to a poster advertising a 2010 motion picture, Morning Glory.
See what you think:
To be clear, this situation differs from the previous HarperCollins cover issue in at least the following particulars:
1. We have no smoking gun regarding any HarperCollins representative trying to buy art prior to making a copy of the poster for its cover.
2. We’re not looking at big publishing vs. an indie author and indie artist here. Paramount Pictures and/or the producers of Morning Glory can easily take care of themselves if they have a beef with HC. It’s possible HC has a license from whoever owns the copyright to the poster.
3. This isn’t book cover vs. book cover as in the prior HC dust-up.
4. The book cover may be a legitimate Independent Creation. Independent Creation is where two separate people both create the same work, or works that are substantially similar, on their own and independent of each other. Under copyright law, Independent Creation is a defense against copyright infringement.
Since the readers of this blog are intelligent people, PG won’t do an analysis of the two illustrations nor will he address the issue of whether a visual connection between Ms. Courtney’s book and a motion picture is a plus or minus for book sales.
Nor will he discuss how much Photoshop work was done on Harrison Ford’s photo for the poster.