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Artist says Katy Perry and K-pop band SF9 stole his artwork

London-based artist Dom Sebastian has accused the musicians of lifting artwork from his Holographic Melt Series

London-based artist Dom Sebastian has accused Katy Perry of lifting his artwork for the cover of her single, Chained to the Rhythm (Hot Chip remix). Sebastian has also expressed dismay over SF9, the K-pop band, allegedly using the same image as their album cover without any credit or compensation.

In an Instagram post earlier yesterday, which compared the original artwork and single cover, Sebastian also relayed his concerns about Perry and her team selling the artwork as merchandise on her website and other outlets without crediting or compensating him.

@katyperry/her team has stolen my artwork (this piece is from 2012) and used it on her single cover – I was never contacted by her or anyone from her team or label @capitolrecords. What’s more is that Katy has been selling my artwork as her own, as merchandise on her store, and through other outlets, as a $35 print,” he said.

In a more recent Instagram post, he also pointed out that K-pop band SF9 had used the same image as the cover for their album, Breaking Sensation.

“Another one–Kpop band @SF9official have also stolen and used as their album artwork. This album has over 4 million streams on @spotify alone,” the post read.

“Again, exactly the same image, just zoomed in and blurred,” Dom told Dazed.

The artwork in question belongs to Sebastian’s 2012 series, Holographic Melt. In comparison, both covers look uncannily similar to his work.

“I’m shocked that @katyperry and @capitolrecords think it is acceptable to lift my work directly from my website and use it as they please without paying me or even contacting me. #exposed,” Dom continued in his post.

Dazed spoke to Dom about the image and his allegations.

Tell me how you found out that your work had been used by Perry and her producers.  

Dom Sebastian: Well, I was on Spotify, just browsing, and I just happened to come across it.

Have you contacted them about it?

Dom Sebastian: Yeah, I've emailed them about it but I haven't heard back.

And how long ago was that?

Dom Sebastian: Not that long ago, a week.

I was looking at the artwork as well: what was the original idea behind it? What was in your mind when you made it?

Dom Sebastian: Well, that is from 2012. And it was more just experimental, kind of. (I was) experimenting with digital textures and it just came about through those experiments. It was just a story–that's about it–from the immature idea.

Did you put this up anywhere on public display where they could have found it? Did you publish this on any platform?

Dom Sebastian: Yeah, I published it on Tumblr when I made it. And also on my website.

How do you plan to prove that the artwork that she's used is yours and not someone else's?

Dom Sebastian: Because you can look at them side by side and you can tell that it is the exact same image in it. It's the exact same image.

Have you come across any other cases of larger companies plagiarising artists' work?

Dom Sebastian: Yeah, I've actually come across the same project being plagiarized by big companies before. I was walking through the London underground and saw, on a big billboard, the same artwork had been just used by an advertising company for a greeting card company.

What did you do that time?

Dom Sebastian: Well, I'm still looking into it. I was making sure that I wanted to take (took) the right course of action before I did it (anything).

What does your course of action look like (now)?

Dom Sebastian: Well, a lot of people have been suggesting to get lawyers involved. So, I need to talk to legal teams about this. (But) I want to hear back from the label first to see what they say because hopefully, they'll realize what they've done wrong.

Dazed has reached out to Capitol Records for comment.