Man accuses MOE ad of copying Pink Floyd album cover, retracts after netizens explain prisms

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Upset with a Ministry of Education (MOE) outdoor advertisement, a man took to Facebook to complain about how it supposedly infringed the copyright of an iconic album cover by legendary psych-pop group Pink Floyd. 

But he quickly took down the accusation after netizens pointed out that you can’t plagiarise a common scientific diagram of light diffracting through a prism. 

The man had posted earlier today (Aug 13) that the poster he saw was a “lazy attempt at an engaging advertisement” due to similarities with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album cover. 

The ad itself promoted the career prospects of being a teacher, a role that could "change the future". The word 'change' is stylised with a graphic of a triangular prism where diffraction occurs, a familiar illustration of white light breaking up into its spectral colours. 

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The man suggested that the MOE imitated Pink Floyd’s album cover without giving credit to the band. 

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After his post gained a bit of traction, netizens pointed out that the English rock band doesn’t have exclusive rights over triangular prisms or the laws of physics. 

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It didn’t take long for the man to concede defeat and take down the post. 

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