Sabrina Carpenter accused of copying new album covers

Pop singer Sabrina Carpenter has been accused of copying an image from a French magazine and using it on the cover of her new album.

The 25-year-old star, who shared insight into her relationship with heartthrob Barry Keogan in a steamy new music video despite the song being accused of having anti-Irish sentiments, shared the first look at her sixth studio album, titled Short ‘n Sweet, on Monday. She shared the album cover in which she poses against a blue background, looking over her shoulder at the camera with a lipstick kiss mark on her arm.

Almost immediately, Internet users started comparing the work with the cover of Cosmopolitan France magazine. Fans have noticed similarities between the two photos, which have an almost identical composition, even featuring a blonde model who bears an uncanny resemblance to Carpenter.

In 2018, French cover model Tiffany Collier shared the photo on Instagram, tagging the original photographer, Bruno Juminer, in the post. She added the caption: “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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The Short ‘n Sweet album cover does not credit Cosmopolitan France or the original photographer. In terms of legality, the album cover simply takes inspiration rather than stealing an image from a popular French publication. It would be difficult to prove any crime or intent to “defraud” the artist.

One fan, @krystalnnewman, wrote: “It’s complicated, but legally it’s just an inspiration because anyone can do it. But if she took the original and just put it as a cover, it would be considered theft.”

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Despite the ongoing debate, neither Carpenter nor her team have commented on the allegations. The album is scheduled for release on August 23, and there has been excitement around the release of her hugely popular singles Espresso and Please Please Please.

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