Did New York Times Magazine Rip Off DREAM THEATER's New Album Cover?
Is there somebody at New York Times Magazine that is a Dream Theater fan?
A few days after Dream Theater revealed the cover art for their new album, Distance Over Time, it seems a very similar version of the artwork appeared on the cover of New York Times Magazine. A fan noticed and pointed it out:
There's an old saying; Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I'm glad @nytmag likes @dreamtheaternet so much that they're paying homage to the new album on their newest issue. Cheers @pablodelcan, @GailBichler, @bengrandgenett. pic.twitter.com/ZJevQjaOcb
— Freddy Jacobi (@FreddyJacobi) November 22, 2018
Gail Bichler, the magazine’s Design Director, issued a statement saying it's pure coincidence:
“Yes, these things look remarkably similar but we had never seen the album. As far as I can tell the album and our cover were released within days of each other. Sometimes people independently come up with the same idea at the same time.”
Dream Theater even got in on the fun:
— Dream Theater (@dreamtheaternet) November 26, 2018
A rep for the band noted that the band did purchase a stock image that the band's graphics team then modified. It's clear that the New York Times indeed found that same stock image.
It seems as though both entities used this stock photo as a base, so it's hard to leap to the "rip off" conclusion.
Still, quite a happy coincidence.