Shueisha would have had nothing to do with the recent wave of copyright claims

Shueisha would have had nothing to do with the recent wave of copyright claims

A few days ago, multiple users on Twitter reported that they had received copyright claims from the publisher Shueisha, and even these users included artists (including an official artist from the Dragon Ball franchise) and content creators. The complaints were directed at people who had uploaded content from a publisher's franchise such as profile photos of manga, anime, GIFs, cosplay, and even fanarts of publisher works.

Shueisha would have had nothing to do with the recent wave of copyright claims

It was initially theorized that an Artificial Intelligence (AI / Bot) had been hired by the publisher through a third party to enforce the new Copyright Law that came into effect in Japan on January 1. However, the user “Artur - Library of Ohara (@newworldartur)”, an account specially dedicated to One Piece, and who was one of the people who received said copyright claim, published an extensive document in which he pointed out that the The complaints were not issued by the Shueisha publishing house, but by a person who posed as a company employee and began harassing various content creators.

In the report it was reported that multiple content creators were harassed by this alleged "Shueisha employee", however, "Artur" also reported that everything would have started with a series of warnings sent to a streamer named "Jessix" from the end of October 2020. The content creator would have received multiple copyright claims of the same style through Discord from the alleged employee. In one of these messages, the subject even requested a face-to-face meeting with her. Thus, the report also reported that content creators close to "Jessix" would have also received copyright claims and that in a conversation on Discord on December 25, the alleged false employee admitted that he was responsible for sending the claims.

Shueisha would have had nothing to do with the recent wave of copyright claims

Thus, in the report released by "Artur", it was revealed that the person posing as a Shueisha employee had already been posing as an employee of a record label and even a member of CD Projekt Rd. It was also revealed that the events of the January 8, that is, the day of the massive claims through Twitter, would have been the culmination of a coordinated attack against various content creators, including "Jessix".

According to the information disclosed by “Artur”, the data of the copyright claim sent to various people and attributed to the Shueisha publisher has the telephone and fax number of another publisher, in this case, Kadokawa. The report states that it is not possible to locate the telephone number of the Shueisha publisher and that it can only be found through Google with its name in Japanese characters. Thus, it was discovered that the number actually belongs to Kadokawa and that, in addition, the copyright claim does not have an email address to contact the publisher and that part of the text of the notice would have been taken directly from Google and the official portal of the company.

So far, the Shueisha publishing house has not issued any report or official statement on the events that occurred, however, if all the assumptions were true, it would reveal a precarious level of seriousness and professionalism within the management of Twitter in the field of copyright claim procedure.

Source: Twitter

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