Manga plagiarism seems to be getting lazier and lazier – the latest example actually succeeds in leaving watermarks on plagiarised photographs on the cover of the book itself.
However, perhaps more noteworthy than the plagiarism itself is the diligence of the people responsible for uncovering it.
The manga in question is 隗ヨリヒトカイヨリ式 / Kaiyorihitokaiyorishiki, by Kazuaki – a relatively obscure BL title.
Some analysis of the manga’s cover finds it to be using copyrighted photography:
Here the watermark from the original image is actually left as part of the book’s cover… Removing the shadows was also apparently too much effort.
The cover in use as signage:
The publisher has already apologised and withdrawn the title – however, with the original publication date being 2007, the damage (such as it is) is done.
As ever, the shamelessness of the plagiarists is matched only by the amazing rigour of 2ch’s plagiarism police – 2ch’s crowning achievement: