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Does this count as plagiarism?

In finding out about this news , an actual manga artist to actually be punished for using fashion models as inspiration in his own art work. The article struck a chord within my mind, for I wonder if it would be the same offense if it was the other way around?

What I mean, is that if a fashion designer would take designs off from an anime, would there be the same standards of punishment? The reason why I would even think about this, would be the example of a fashion friend of mine. I try to tell my friend to exercise caution when getting inspiration. He looks at various anime clothing for inspiration. He basically tells me that in the fashion world, everything with a minuscule difference can be considered a different design.

Even after he reassures me of this cause, I think I am a little worried because of the career I chose, it is good to be a stickler for the rules, so that as a individual – you won’t get cheated out of what is yours or not.

So maybe with this article appearing would he finally think about using caution as to taking animation as inspiration.


Look more into this issue and found an more indepth explaination.. mentioning copyright infrigment.

Switch Manga, Rin Yoshi Accused of Plagiarism

Rin Yoshi’s manga Switch, one of the titles currently serialized in the “Cookie” manga magazine, will no longer appear in the magazine as of the April issue due to accusations of copyright infringement.

In a statement on their official site, Editor-in-Chief Umeo Kamitsuo has stated that the opening pages of Switch, from the January issue of Cookie, were a reproduction of images from the “Gravure” fashion magazine.

“Cookie” publisher Shueisha has also stopped distribution other works by Rin Yoshi, including Kurabeyou mo nai Hodo ni (”Uncomparable”) and silent summer snow due to further instances of plagiarism. Umeo also announced that the magazine will step up checks for potential copyright violations and make sure that staff are aware of the problems associated with such issues.

In October 2005, similar controversy plagued Yuki Suetsugu, who was confessed to having plagiarized images from Takehiko Inoue’s manga Slam Dunk! and REAL for her manga Flower of Eden. Publisher Kodansha pulled the title from the market and Tokyopop canceled its plans to release Flower of Eden in English. Kodansha also canceled serialization of Suetsugu’s then current manga series, Silver.

Manga plagiarism? That’s a new one. ><“


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  1. February 11, 2007 at 10:25 am

    You know, if you really don’t have the intent to copy it entirely but just make a derivation, than I don’t see the problem.

  2. February 11, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    I would think the same also.. but as I was having a conversation with my fashion friend he said that creative minds think alike… well not identical, but I think it’s a rush get out designs for credit..

  3. January 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

    there is such a thing as “fair use” in copyright.. so long as your not passing as your own something u only copied and that you did not deprive the original artist of any economic benefits attributable to him.. then your good..

  4. miz
    January 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for your comment. There is a fine line between fair use though, so often people do step left and right.

  5. January 14, 2010 at 12:19 am

    uu nga.. sakin give credit where it is due nlng.. you can never go wrong that way ^^

    The ViXeN’s LaiR

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