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Old 3rd Mar 2009, 12:41   #21
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Let's expand this into books which have similar titles, except for, say, one crucial word...



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Some are exactly the same
The Informers, Juan Gabriel Vasquez and The Informers by Bret easton Ellis
The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

I wonder in terms of rights how it is possible?
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It's because you can't copyright a title, saliotthomas. Though I suppose you can register a title as a trademark, which I believe is the case with Harry Potter, which would prevent anyone else from using it.
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Plus, the McCarthy book directly quotes Yeats, and the O'Faolain is doubtless just a play on the Yeats line. So copyrightingly speaking, if it were an issue they'd both have to talk to Yeats first, and good luck doing that.
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Anyway Yeats died in 1939, which means he's out of copyright as of this year - death plus 70 years. So screw you and your copywrong (!!) laws, WB! Who looks like the idiot now?
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Yeats was such a moron.
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He couldn't even drive either.
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I'm guessing that when Faber's design department got the brief for Claire Kilroy's new novel All Names Have Been Changed, the editor said, "We want it to appeal to the same market as Molly Fox's Birthday".



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So... reckon George Pelecanos's and Richard Price's publishers (who are not the same publisher) are trying to capitalise on their involvement with The Wire, then?



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I'm guessing that when Faber's design department got the brief for Claire Kilroy's new novel All Names Have Been Changed, the editor said, "We want it to appeal to the same market as Molly Fox's Birthday".
Unusual to get two such similar covers from the same publisher within such a narrow timeframe. The reason you suggest will doubtlessly be why they did it but publishers tend to be quite keen to give each author a distinctive "brand" and those two covers kind of go against that... odd. I'll quite often get a client send me images of covers from other publishers that appeal to the same kind of market they're aiming for - either they'll want something similar or they're saying "this is the competition, we want something different than this".

The two covers you posted at the top of page 2 (the Lloyd Jones and The Hakawati ) - I don't think you can call those "bookalikes", they're simply by the same illustrator, Petra Borner, who has a very distinctive style (see also Cryers Hill by Kitty Aldridge and Cloth Girl by Marilyn Heward Mills, as well as Mister Pip).

Here are a few I've spotted over the last few years:







Though in the case of the last one, I think someone at Doubleday perhaps realised and eventually went with a different photo of the same girl, but clearly from the same shoot:

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