French artist, Hachim Bahous, came out on Facebook on March 2nd claiming the new Solo: A Star Wars Story artwork on their recent poster campaign is actually from his artwork. The original artwork by Bahous was created for a series of compilation albums titled the “Legacy of…” for Sony Music back in 2015. In a side by side comparison in his post it is very hard to deny his claims. While it’s not uncommon for artists to get inspiration from other artists, this time everything from the layout to the color scheme is just a total ripoff.
Flattery aside Bahous agrees stating in his post on Facebook,
“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!”
This story is still unfolding since Disney and Sony haven’t publicly acknowledged these claims, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there is a quick change in the art to market the upcoming Solo movie.
There are still some pressing questions though. One being whether the marketing company responsible, BLT Communications, LLC, tried to pass this artwork off as original work. It is also entirely possible that Bahous doesn’t even own the rights to his work he did for Sony. If that is the case then Sony could have sold the idea to Disney and they wouldn’t have any obligations to Bahous (including informing him before making such a decision).
Since we don’t know the full details of how these Solo posters came into existence all we can do is speculate. I mean this could have been a strategic play by Disney to get more eyes on Solo. No press is bad press, right?
In any case, we are staying on top of this story. We will keep you all updated as more information gets released. It could be a marketing scheme, Disney could have committed fraud, or maybe this is just a mistaken artist. Let us know in the comments your thoughts on what you think is really going on here.
*UPDATE: According to IGN, Disney is currently looking into the alleged theft of these posters and they gave IGN the following statement
“The posters were created by an outside vendor and it’s something we are currently looking into.”