This week’s Shukan Bunshun has a story entitled 「”中高生の歌姫”大塚愛の新曲にパクリ疑惑!?”」(“Suspicions of plagiarizing for the “song queen of middle-schooler/high schoolers” Otsuka Ai‘s new song.) Is it just me or are there not a lot of sensational “pakuri” cases in the news all of a sudden? Between these stories and a new stricter sampling policy for major label releases, are Japan’s attitudes towards intellectual property converging towards the Western model?
Update: I looked over the article last night. Otsuka apparently ripped-off the chorus melody from a song by minor visual-kei artist WYSE. (And Shukan Bunshun ripped off Cyzo by demonstrating the pakuri through comparing the melodies’ musical notation side by side.)