Kawashima Kazuaki accused of copyright infringement


Story by: shinkeikaku

Enterbrain and the editors of Comic B’s Log magazine announced in the official website that Kazuaki, the character designer of the upcoming anime Starry☆Sky, has used copyrighted photographs in the manga kaiyorihito/kaiyorishiki without acquiring required authorization. The photos are provided in pay websites and their uses are charged. The publisher decide to cease printing of the manga.

COMPARISON IMAGES:

Kasuaki released an apology statement and closed her personal website. Honeybee, the game maker of Starry☆Sky, has suspened the website service. They are currently investigating which illustrations of Kazuaki infringe copyrights.

Sources: myanimelist, kazuaki’s site, B’s Log, Honeybee Siteshinkeikaku


APOLOGY STATEMENT FROM KAZUAKI @ B’s Log

著者からのお詫び

私が過去に発表したB’s-LOG COMICS『隗ヨリヒトカイヨリ式(1)』『隗ヨリヒトカイヨリ式(2)』に収録されたイラストにおきまして、有料素材サイトに掲載されていた写真を無断で使用・参考にし、制作したものがございました。

この度、読者様にご指摘を頂きまして、私の行動が、有料素材サイトに掲示されている利用規約に違反し、著作権を侵害している旨を認識致した次第です。

私の認識の拙さと軽率な行動で、素材をご登録されている方々の作品の著作権を侵害してしまいましたこと、知らなかったでは済まされない重大な問題であることを認識し、心から反省しております。本当に申し訳ございません。

現在、有料素材サイトの管理者様に、素材を無断で使用・参考にしてしまいました事を謝罪し、使用・参考にした素材をご報告し、今後についての指示を仰いでおります。

現段階でまだ結論が出ておりませんので、具体的に明記させて頂く事はできませんが、ご迷惑をおかけしてしまった皆様に、誠心誠意償いを させて頂く所存です。

作品の著作権をお持ちの方、有料素材サイトの管理者様、読者の皆様、各関係者様に大変なご迷惑をおかけしてしまいました事、重ね重ねお詫び申し上げます。

2010年10月20日カズアキ

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I am definitely not happy with this.

Enterbrain and the editors of Comic B’s Log magazine announced in the official website that Kazuaki, the character designer of the upcoming anime Starry☆Sky, has used copyrighted photographs in the manga kaiyorihito/kaiyorishiki without acquiring required authorization. The photos are provided in pay websites and their uses are charged. The publisher decide to cease printing of the manga.

Comparison images (Cover of her manga volume 1 and the plagiarized photographs)
Comparison 2 (Back cover of the manga volume 1 and the plagiarized photograph)

Kasuaki released an apology statement and closed her personal website. Honeybee, the game maker of Starry☆Sky, has suspened the website service. They are currently investigating which illustrations of Kazuaki infringe copyrights.

Sources: Kazuaki’s website, B’s Log official website, Honeybee official webiste
Changed the title. Plagiarism is a bit harsh to describe the situation.
Story by shinkeikaku

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