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Anime News Editorial – Plagiarism in Manga

March 4, 2010

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Can the son of a mega rock star create a comic without copying directly from already popular manga titles?
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  1. March 4, 2010 7:42 PM

    Horray someone finnally talked about nick simmons

  2. Karin Dru permalink
    March 5, 2010 2:50 PM

    A friend of mine sent me a link to the TGWTG post of this. He thought I might be interested, being an artist myself.

    If you are an artist, you have to familiarize yourself with copyright laws, for your own protection. For instance, even if you don’t consider this journalism, the law sees it that way, which is why you can show the work of others in your videos.

    The commenters on TGWTG are being really polite for the internet and are hesitating to call foul. But I have no such qualms.

    There is a point at which artistic inspiration passes over into infringement. It’s ok to look at the work of another and have, say, an epiphany about the way light hits the human eyeball, or the way hair might escape a barette. However, it’s pretty safe to say that that point has been crossed if a cursory glance doesn’t tell you which work each image came from. Take the color out, and that blonde girl IS Orihime. Also, the similar panels. One is coincidence. Two is a raised eyebrow. Three is a lawsuit. He’s gone far past that.

    For the record, fanart is gray-area-legal IF: You mention the copyright holders when you show it to anybody. Also, you can never make a dime off of it. The laws in Japan may be different, but they’re irrelevant since this wasn’t done there. On the books, posting something online counts as publication, and therefore, fanart ought not be legal to post online. But. . . since nobody does anything about it, it’s effectively OK.

    Fair use doesn’t cover this unless Incarnate is a Bleach parody, which would have to have been stated outright and been very, very clear. That he never mentioned Bleach by name but is now referring to his art as “homage” will be seen as admission of guilt by many.

    Itll be interesting to see where this goes. My concern is it’s making American artists look lazy.

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