Electoral Commission responds to claims it copied The 1975’s album art for EU vote campaign

Fans had pointed out visual similarities to cover of band's latest LP

The UK’s Electoral Commission has responded to accusations that it plagiarised The 1975‘s latest album artwork with a recent advertising campaign in the build-up to the EU referendum.

On June 23, the UK will hold a referendum to determine whether the UK will remain a part of the European Union. The Electoral Commission recently launched leaflets and posters reminding people to vote.

However, some fans later pointed out the visual similarities between the ads and The 1975’s recent album, ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’.

The band’s frontman Matt Healy addressed the issue via Twitter, joking: “LOOK OUT KIDZ THE GOVERNMENT ARE STEALING OUR THOUGHTS!!” He also added: “How do you sue the Government?”

A spokesperson for the Electoral Commission has denied accusations of plagiarism in a statement issued to The Fader, pointing out that its campaign is based on a previous one used for the Scottish Referendum in 2014. The 1975’s album was released in February of this year.

The statement reads: “The visuals of the campaign are designed to ‘cut through’ the noise that everyone will be hearing about the E.U. referendum by creating eye-catching advertising ‘you can’t miss.’ The visual aspect is based on a successful campaign the Commission ran ahead of the Scottish referendum where by polling day, 84% of people surveyed said they recognized the advertising”.

The 1975 have not yet responded to this latest development.

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy recently teased new music, which he said could be shared within the next 12 months.
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