Olivia Rodrigo has been accused by Courtney Love and others of stealing concept ideas for her album artwork and promotional photos. But is it really theft if the concept isn’t original? And what’s the difference between similar ideas and copying someone’s artwork?
Olivia Rodrigo isn’t the only artist whose been put on the chopping block for supposedly copying. From Aaron Carter actually stealing a photo from a professional photographer, to MGK’s album designer copying their concept photo verbatim rather than just getting inspired by it.
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