Tokyo Damage Report

nerds stole my content???

Just discovered that this guy  has coped-and–pasted-and-posted the entire fuckin' visual interview on his own site.  I tried to leave a comment about how this was a bit of a 'dick move' as we say in the USA. But dude is on LiveJournal and since I am not a member I can't even complain. Double dick-move!

If anyone is on LJ, can you take this kid to school on the topic of not ripping off other people?

Anyway, I'll be back tomorrow with a fun piece about how the government is not run in a satisfactory way!

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  1. William March 10th, 2010 5:59 pm

    Unfortunately you don't just have to be a member of LJ, you have to be a member of their community as well. You could email the LJ abuse team though, since the dude has stolen your content –

  2. Dave March 10th, 2010 6:22 pm

    This is actually Arama, a pretty famous Japanese entertainment industry news site for Japanophiles. They did link the article at the bottom but it would seems by the comments that people assume that Arama wrote it. Best to contact livejournal on this. Arama is also a collection of nerds…..mostly female nerds 😀

  3. Pestilence March 10th, 2010 6:26 pm

    That is such bullshit. I was about to join their fucking LJ community in order to let them know you're not happy with this, but it has moderated membership too, so not only would I have to join their community but I'd have to hope to get their approval too.
    I'm sorry to hear about this and I hope it gets sorted out. Copy-pasting related news articles and the like is the norm on LiveJournal, and no one is going to think that the poster on there wrote it themselves, though that doesn't help you much. I haven't seen much wholesale copying of blogs, but I know in the communities I'm in, if anyone actually complains to the community, they'll take the offending things down. Dunno about these guys, though.

  4. Rob March 10th, 2010 6:30 pm

    I wouldn't worry about it too much as it seems no one had the patience to read through the entire article. Funny how I was able to find the time to read the whole thing despite my complete lack of interest in Visual Kei as a musical genre and yet these kids who devote their lives to this shit can't be bothered.

  5. Elis March 10th, 2010 6:38 pm

    I left a comment for you – hopefully they take it down.

  6. Rob March 10th, 2010 6:40 pm

    Damn son, those 14 year old girls are talking mad shit on you over there:
    "the interviewer seems like a douchebag to begin,"
    "Lol it would be nice to punch in the balls, for one xD He's like one of those people that tries too hard to be funny but it's just not working at all lol."
    "he sounds like somebody who never really graduated from high school, mentally."
    "It's like when your teacher or someone else old tries to talk like you. It just doesn't work."

  7. From The Community March 10th, 2010 7:00 pm

    Idk, the entry kind of links the whole article back to your site. As it does with all of it's news. Everyone knows its a news sharing community, and everybody acknowledges the fact that it's written by another person? In this case, you.

    Didn't read the article myself, but went hunting for funny .gifs that get posted in the comments.
    Also @Rob
     people at arama aren't a huge community full of VK fans. hell i would say judging on the comments only about 30% of the people actually cared about VK. and 10% were ex-fans of VK.

  8. Brian March 10th, 2010 9:18 pm

    Dude, you're ruining the image of Japan with all this shit.

  9. iori March 10th, 2010 9:39 pm

    Hey dude, I'm iori from a Brazilian web-radio called Radio Blast. It's about j-music. I blog about Satoh's interview and there was, of course, a huge hysteria about it.

    I know you have this homo rule about music comments (just kidding, lol!), so there you go: Brazil's president is Lula, famous for enjoying drinking, but made a better politic for economy and job stabilization and exportation than many of his, predecessors, among other stuff.

    So, I'd like to talk to you about the interview. Just a few questions. Talk a little about you and your site, your musical taste and how you got in touch with Satoh. If you're interested, please contact me:
    Thank you!

  10. L. Palmer March 10th, 2010 10:04 pm

    The reading for 山谷 is "sanya" not "yamaya". Damages your cred to get something this obvious wrong. If you can`t write this, how well can you read?

  11. Idella March 10th, 2010 11:10 pm

    ugh, what fktards. Fat american Japanese wannabe weeboos without a lick of common sense in their fat brains. I even read that "the interviewer wouldn't know so many american references" lol. 

  12. Kimitsu March 11th, 2010 12:09 am

    Given that arama is a compilation site of rumors/news/random Japanese lifestyle facts pulled from various sources, all of the readers much know the interview came from here – obviously people didn't check past the tl;dr comments. No one's trying to steal your work and I think the general consensus is no one would even want to take credit for the interview given what you put it through in the translation process. Look at it as a publicity stunt for your blog instead.

  13. halcyone March 11th, 2010 1:35 am

    This is actually Arama, a pretty famous Japanese entertainment industry news site for Japanophiles. They did link the article at the bottom but it would seems by the comments that people assume that Arama wrote it. Best to contact livejournal on this. Arama is also a collection of nerds…..mostly female nerds
    Arama is a place specifically FOR the reposting of relevant news articles.  No-one assumes "Arama" wrote anything, since Arama is a community and not a person (also, all posts are required to link back to the source).  Contacting LJ itself might get the post pulled under their terms of service.

  14. stranger_bitch March 11th, 2010 2:41 am

    aramatheydidnt is a blog community where everyone can submit Japanese entertainment related articles and link the the source at the end. Google aramatheydidnt and you'll see what I mean. No one reading that community thinks the person making the post is the also person who wrote the article so unless you're worried about page views it's not a big deal?

  15. admin March 11th, 2010 3:39 am

    @all: thanks for telling me what arama is about. It’s like one of those mp3 blogs where they steal music and repost it – with links to the artist’s myspace, so it’s ok. Actually I use those blogs, so I suppose I can’t really complain about arama. Right?

    No actually, fuck them: why the whole thing? why not just a paragraph?

    Here’s an important point: even if the LJ readers DO understand that my interview was not written by a community member, it’s STILL BOOTY WACK FROM THE BUTT CRACK: “Where did it come from?” “Oh it’s just copied from somewhere.” “Oh well ok then!” “Yeah, stuff just shows up for free out of the universe since we are so l33t.” “The important thing is that no one who matters went to any effort.” “Who wrote that?” “I dunno, who cares.” “What’s rad is that our whole opinion of Japan is being chosen by random 14 year olds who edit our virtual newspaper.”

    @kimitsu: so in your opinion, what WOULD constitute stealing work?
    @brian: 申し訳ないんで~す。君のような愛黒人は怒るベキだろうか!
    @idella: you can say “fuck” in the comments. But what’s a weeboo?
    @rob: those are some nice snaps you collected. I feel good that fangirls got mad at something they couldn’t read. But then I realize that I only have to deal with girl-snaps for one week of my life, but they have to deal with girl-snaps for basically ever and I get sad.

  16. Pestilence March 11th, 2010 7:56 am

    "Weeaboo" originated on 4chan – they used to have a word filter that would replace "wapanese" with "weeaboo" as a reference to a Perry Bible Fellowship comic –
    It's basically synonymous with "wapanese" or "Japanophile" nowadays, and it's used outside of 4chan on other parts of the internet.

  17. From The Community March 11th, 2010 8:49 am

    >" It’s like one of those mp3 blogs where they steal music and repost it – with links to the artist’s myspace, so it’s ok."
    It's actually not like that, but ok. Though I agree, a paragraph would have been enough. If people actually cared they would have clicked the little link to read the whole thing. However this doesn't really change even with the whole interview posted, if people liked the article, they would have come over to your site to read more of your stuff, if they didn't, then they'd ignore it, and nothing of value was lost.
    I don't understand what your second point is, if someone actually cared about what was written they would come back to the source. All of the "I don't care's" or "tl;dr"'s coming out of any article are people that didn't give your article a second look anyway.

  18. Daniel March 11th, 2010 9:04 am

    I think its pretty punk rock to steal your content. You have become 'the man' and they are sticking it to you! 😀

  19. J Rock Fantard March 11th, 2010 10:44 am

    I've loved your blog for a long time and I think half of your interview was exaggerated bullshit but I can't stand aramatheydidnt. They're NOT some famous community like one of the above commenters indicated, they're mostly (mostly, not entirely) just a bunch of Johnny's fangirls that decided they grew out of J Rock and visual kei and act like being too grown up for those things makes them less stick-in-the-butt obsessive fangirls with superiority complexes.

    It was incredibly stupid to copy/paste the entire article rather than at least linking to your blog and I hope it gets deleted.

    Also lol at "I think its pretty punk rock to steal your content. You have become 'the man' and they are sticking it to you!"

  20. Tim Drage March 11th, 2010 2:21 pm

    Was looking forward to posting obtuse unrelated stuff in the comments but yea as noted above it's several layers of members only :(

  21. Monty March 11th, 2010 3:54 pm

    Anything that can be reduced to ones and zeroes somehow belongs to everyone in the world with no thought to where it came from. Kids today and their sense of entitlement… I think the difference between the older population who occasionally downloads copyrighted material is that we they are fully aware of the fact that we they are technically stealing something, and many of us them eventually contribute money to the people we they rip off or at least try to justify it in some other way (like, say, "I loved this cassette when I was in high school but I lost it under the seat of my old Honda CRX and it got screwed up and wouldn't play anymore, so actually I've already paid to own this album, so it's OK…"). From talking to the upcoming generation at school it seems to me that they don't have any concept that this is what they are doing. It's like stuff just magically appears, falls from the sky, and it's theirs if they want it, with no thought for where it might come from let alone that somebody spent time and effort to produce it.

    "Weeaboo" is a nonsense word that comes from the "Perry Bible Fellowship" comic strip by Nick Gurewitch. The moderator of applies word filters to phrases and words that irritate him, and at one point some word having to do with Japanese pop cultured was filtered to "Weeaboo" for while, leading to the word becoming slang for either things particularly Japanese but more generally for Western kids who are obsessed with Japanese culture. It's become so prevalent that I can't even remember what was used before.

    The comic it originated in can be found here:
    It's an awesome comic strip, far and above the usual bullshit on the web, but no new strips have been made for a long while.

  22. Kimitsu March 11th, 2010 6:05 pm

    Since you ask, I would consider it an attempt to steal if they had taken the credit for any part of it – the interview, the translation, the writing style, or even (for whatever crazy reason) claiming to own this blog and site.
    I would agree with From The Community on the overall subject – obviously anyone that was intrigued or cared would have come here for more, and everyone else is obviously readership you probably don't want.

  23. admin March 11th, 2010 9:12 pm

    @kimitsu: fair enough! The line is not black-and-white. Like I said previously, copying and pasting one paragraph is cool – and it accomplishes exactly what you said: people who are curious can go here and read more, people who don’t like it can stay away.
    @monty: pbf is madd dope. I want to meet his dad!
    @j-rock fantard: Thanks for your one-two punch! Even if you don’t agree with the interview (and I never ever said people who disagree were bad or automatically stupid etc.), maybe if you click around this site, you can find some NEW japanese bands that you can enjoy.

  24. Not A Johnny's Boy Fan March 14th, 2010 12:53 am

    I was one of the ones that didn't bother to read your entire article. Not because I'm stupid or a VK fan or whatever you're throwing out there. I didn't finish it because the article sounded like BS and the generalizationing in it was ridiculous. References to big-name bands like that and the overall layout of the interview itself was just awful journalism. If your interview was even from a VK exec to begin with, they would know better than to refer to big-name bands and they most certainly would not speak with someone only to have it posted on the internet. If things are posted on the internet, they are fair game these days. I'm sorry you're so butthurt over someone "stealing" this piece of crap, but the sad truth of the matter is: the internet is public.

    Oh, and to the above comments? Not all people in the arama community are wanting to bang Johnny's boys, and not all members are into VK. It's simply supposed to be a news site. Sadly, it has turned from that into a "LETS MAKE 10,000 POSTS ABOUT AYUMI HAMASAKI AND JOHNNY'S BOYS" because that's the age demographic running the show.

  25. admin March 14th, 2010 4:11 am

    @not a: Yeah, internet is public. Also, farting in or close to peoples’ face is legal. These days. But that doesn’t make it useful. The farting, I mean. Furthermore, you disagree with the interview . . . because it’s TOO factual? “If he didn’t name names, then he must not know what he’s talking about. But if he DID name names, then he must be lying because it’s too dangerous to name names.” Word?

    Also has anyone else noticed how the vk fans who write to this site all mad about the article are generally ALSO mad at rival cliques of vk fans? “The only thing more pathetic than your site are these girls in such-a-such a clique!” You DO know there are other styles of music where you are allowed to get along with people, right?

  26. Relatively Mature J Rock Fantard March 15th, 2010 10:30 am

    It's not we're "mad about rival cliques." It's not about cliques, it's that some artists' fans have a reputation for being crazy and/or immature. Some people go so far as to judge the artist by their fans.

    But not EVERY FAN is like that. There's plenty of sane, fairly mature fans who love all sorts of different artists and genres, Japanese and non-Japanese.
    As for myself, my disgruntled statements were directed specifically at aramatheydidnt's frequent commenters and Johnny's fans, not all fans or a different "clique" of fans.

  27. szaszha March 16th, 2010 10:00 pm

    and the fallout continues! this is fucking historic.

  28. szaszha March 16th, 2010 10:07 pm

    @fantard not every fan is like that? no shit! and here i thought generalizations and stereotypes were based purely on imagination, and not at least somewhat rooted in factual reality. so i guess not ALL black people carry guns and are gang members? and i guess not ALL  white people hang out at klan meetings and love jeff foxworthy? maybe not EVERY ONE of those girls screaming over justin bieber are white and stupid? hell, maybe we could even say not ALL of the US prison population is guilty of any crime!
    maybe you dont consider yourself "like that". but can your really fault others for seeing visual fans that way? why even bother with this "we're not ALL like that" shit. because most vk fans are "like that". pledge allegiance to a group, get judged with the group. deal with it.

  29. tenko March 18th, 2010 7:03 am

    oh dear what a discussion… and to some degree pointless, neither you'll convince the more or less childish fans nor they will convince you. besides, come on! you really shouldnt generalise here, sure the fandom is mostly female and mostly young but not entirely – and you're jumping from ayumi/johnnies to vk and back too while trying to put them into one sack? just to tell you something nice, cause i think you did some good with that article (different than sticking a stick into ants nest xD its fun but irritating at the same time) – one wise writer once said "i never knew there were so many idiots before there was internet" < many various ppl use internet, and as prone to misunderstandings as communication gets and as young or emotional as they can get, you most likely wont have a decent discussion, but it'll go in flames…
    and yep all peoples with brains also read your article ^^ but most of it was known already so perhaps thats the reason you'll mostly get 14yrs olds' comments. hence the little need for discussing, and too from what i noticed they know better than to bite themselves verbally with the retarded parts of fandom.
    cheer up :)

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