Cover Controversy: The Poet X
*UPDATE* HarperTeen released a statement on September 6, 2019 saying that The Poet X will now have a revised cover credit. It will include the photographer of the source image used.
It appears that the cover image was plagiarized.
Appears? Make that WAS:
This is so disappointing/maddening/illegal. Now it’s in the hands of the publisher to determine a course of action.
I’m sure reimbursing the original artist is the first step. From there I wonder what will happen. A new cover?
Whatever action takes place, from a school librarian perspective, this situation is a good reminder:
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