We're not sure what type of person keeps tabs on years-old magazine covers, but they exist, and one of them has noted a striking similarity between Kate Hudson's new W image and a Bazaar cover from 1994.
We suppose this might be more scandalous if eyeliner placement and facial expressions could be patented. But they can't be. La di da.
Bazaar did it about 15 times better. Work it, James St. James!
This is where I turn into a nerd and say that the cover art isn't patentable - and even if it were, the patent would have run out already. I'll stop now before I launch into a lecture on copyright and trademark.
Re-reading what I wrote, it comes off not as intended. I was playing professor for MG in general, not trying to correct anything in the post. I blame this morning's weak coffee for making me weak. Ugh, see? Waaaahhh, bwaaaaah!
If it makes you feel validated Lisa, I didn't knwo youc an't copyright mag covers, adn I thought it was interesting.
If that hasn't fixed it for ya, run yourself through this thing: http :// validator. w3. org /
Well, you can copyright covers, can't patent. Fuck, it is like a compulsion! Bad, Lisa, BAD!
Now this doesn't in any way mean I like Kate Hudson, in fact I abhor her, but the W photograph is way better- Am I the only one who thinks this? I think I am.
Well, you have to take into account the 14 years in between the shots. There have been major advances in the Makeup Sciences!
*shit, the Bazaar cover could fall within a patent window, I did my math incorrectly this morning. Forget anything I said about that. Clearly, this morning my inner idiot came out to play.
JAZZ PAWS to your patent and copyright expertise, I love you for it!
Lisa, it happens. Maybe switch brands of coffee.
You are right that the cover can't be patented, but the image on the cover does have copyright protection. It's not that remarkable an image from a creative standpoint (either one), so it may be just a coincidence. But, if there was a direct link, that would be considered "comping".
Once, I got back a portfolio of my photographs with post-it notes that said "COPY" still stuck to the pages they liked! Now, that's illegal!
This is sad, but when I saw Kate Hudson's photo, the first thing I thought was that it looks just like the Bazaar cover. But the only reason I know that is because Kevyn Aucoin did her makeup and I have all his books.
Well, Jesus fuck me! How many goddamn ways can you display a bitch's face on a magazine anyway? .