Elsinore's Proposed Album Cover Causes a Copyright Uproar



(Via Boing Boing) Here's an interesting story developing around Elsinore's forthcoming release, Yes Yes Yes, which is due August 10 on Parasol Records. The Champaign, Illinois, indie-pop band used a painting by a friend for its album cover -- and subsequently received a notice from the estate of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, claiming a copyright violation. The catch? The painting in question and Lichtenstein's piece of art came from the same source material. As the band explains:

The painting we are using for our album cover was done by Brittany Pyle in a college painting course where her professor instructed the class to do an appropriation piece, and in Brittany's case she chose the same original graphic novel piece that Roy Lichtenstein used when he created his original piece Kiss V:

What do you think? The original graphic novel compared to Lichtenstein's piece of work -- and Pyle's original art -- below. The album cover is above.

Image found at Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein:


Pyle's original painting, courtesy of Elsinore's official website:


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