Plagiarism? Coincidence?

Found a blog post that may be of interest ^^/

In today’s 「週刊朝日」 magazine is an article on 「浜崎あゆみ・大塚愛の盗作疑惑」 – seems like Avex Trax artistes, especially the two pillars – 大塚愛と浜崎あゆみ – are accused of plagiarism.
akinaayu.jpgEven Akina is being featured in the blog post.

Any Ayu fan out there? Can you tell me who sat on the heart-shaped chair first?

Akina took that shot for her album "SPOON", which was released on 17 June 1998.

Whatever it is and no matter who is right/wrong, it’s bad publicity for Avex Trax… To think that Akina is joining them next year…..


Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

2 thoughts on “Plagiarism? Coincidence?

  1. Well, the Japanese used to have a nickname “copycat” from the Western world in the 70s and 80s where they would steal ideas from the West and then improve on them. It was their way of rebuilding their nation after the war and look where they are now …

    I guess it’s not always bad to copy if the idea is good. As for lyrics, most of the songs write about the same things, and we can’t always say that we heard every song, so how do we know that an original composition of ours is not being thought of by someone that we have never even heard of.

    This is not in defence of copycats and I am not surprised that Ayu would copy that pose in the heart shaped chair. It was afterall, an innovative piece of furniture then. However, I would like to see Ayu copy Apasionado … now that would be “original”!! Ha! Ha!

  2. Ya, no offence intended, but the Japs are well known to make good copies (draw “inspiration”?) of originals from the West and improve upon them, adding on their own twist/trademark. eg: IBM compatible PCs were the rage back in 80s!

    some of the comparisons were far-stretched in the post. but the Ostuka Ai one takes the cake!

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