Yunomi “Ultimate Plagiarist”


2ch has uncovered plagiarism so egregious as to make even Simmons blush, were he not utterly shameless.


Artist Yunomi, pictured, is known for illustrating a variety of highly popular Vocaloid MAD tunes (with views in the millions), a number of doujinshi and several album covers.

However 2ch’s investigations recently discovered that practically all her illustrations are traces of photographs, in some cases combining several photographs to create a composite illustration, and with a large proportion of the photos coming from a commercial sample library – with rights to each image costing in the region of $100.


The paragon of the plagiarist’s art-form – bike, riders, background and even bags based on illicit Photoshop usage:


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    Avatar of Caggy
    Comment by Caggy
    05:30 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Really at this point nothing is original anymore. Even if a source can't be cited, there is one somewhere, vaguely tied to this piece of work. And any single piece could easily have one or hundreds of sources, and at some point feasibly listing all of them outpaces the effort to the piece in the first place. The real problem is when the artist does not acknowledge that this is occurring and being a dick about it.

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    Comment by Greg Boscole
    06:36 15/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I LOL'd at some pics. Like wtf, she traced a balloon?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whats wrong with using references?
    True some do look traced, but the ones where they are comparing real photos with the art... she's just using them as reference. No artist goes without using them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is nothing wrong with using references, you can't really copyright poses.

    Almost all good artists will tell you to use good references if you want to become a good artist, very few artists can draw perfectly without references. Most artists use references all the time people are just becoming more aware of it now with the internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks to these articles teaching me that poses are something you can apparently claim ownership to, I went out and copyrighted the "V" peace sign you make with your fingers.

    By my calculations, Japanese girls alone will make me the richest person on earth in roughly seven months.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imagine if 2ch did something useful.

    Imagine if they turned their anal retentive bitching onto human dna and genetic engineering.

    Instead of nitpicking over drawings they'd turn their "find a flaw in anything anal retentive" gaze on fixing/enhancing the human genome.

    Their obsessive compulsive tendancies would remove all of the genes for hereditary diseases out of our dna and all women would either be gigantic breasted beauties or you'd have women that could age to 900 and still look loli...2ch could go either way on that.

    But instead of doing something good for the human race they'd search for the latest picture of "moe seiyuu x" riding a train and try to find that exact train and the seat she sat on so they can whack it to having their hand that close to the ass of their goddess of the week.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    05:51 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like it if they used their talents to disrupt huge corporations. Frankly, none of 'em work for them and if they do they are nearly nuts, one of the reasons to be such a troll.

    Right now we are having the corporations essentially merge into a "World Superstate" right out of 1984. The more disruption, the better for everyone. China has a controlled economy, Japan is super-nationalist. If the big companies got hit in the gut and crawled off to die, they'd both be better off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:02 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lawl you're a fucking idiot
    zomg conspiracy theories
    zomg the world's gonna end cos of these "superpowers"

    i'd rather live like this than in fucking anarchy you fucking douchebag

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    02:28 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'd rather be a slave than free?

    You have no idea how despicable you are then.

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    Comment by MARl0
    05:53 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of them are obvious traces. But a lot of them barely even resemble the so called "evidence" shown. So different, that I doubt that they are even related at all, just slight resemblance by coincidence.

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    Comment by brningpyre
    07:08 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these seem like they really are based on the photo(s), but others are really pushing it.

    I'm sure that for almost any drawn image of characters in some kind of pose, you could find a photo online depicting someone in a similar pose.

    Using a photo of a bag or a guitar is pretty standard for reference. And those aren't photos limited to just a stock photo site. You could get them from the manufacturer, any store that sells them, or a number of other sources.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you have to admit some of these poses are pretty damn common though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly, this doesn't look like she traced. Yeah there is a lot of similarities, but honestly? Come the fuck on, people have looked at other people for ages and drew what they saw. Using stuff for reference like that is hardly new. Any painter, any sculptor, they always had a model.

    Everything I see is so fucking common for what people pose for shit, I don't see any of this "It's all traced" shit. It looks like some home guardians got uppity and bored and did what people do when they try and find hidden messages in music; They catch some form of resemblance to shit and go crazy with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:00 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good, if those images and poses weren't common in publicity for the past 40 YEARS I'd be dissapoint, but as they aren't i couldn't care less.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2ch is going overboard. theres a difference between tracing, and referencing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    whats the problem?
    she did create something new out of it.
    similiar to a collagé.

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    Comment by ArKlone01
    06:27 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nooo! SPICE won't be the same for me anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    stuff like the bike and window and bags are one thing but the rest

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It certainly is amazing how she was somehow able to "plagiarize" one pose from three different source photographs if you scour through thousands of images of an arm your eventually bound to find one that matches up if you resize and rotate it the right way. Its just really sad 2ch is willing to ruin someones career over such petty bullshit, but what do I know I'm just a filthy American thief that has no right to enjoy their culture that is currently one of their only worthwhile exports. Fuck those sexual frustrated pricks at 2ch!

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    Comment by ProfessorMinovsky
    04:37 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^^^ forgot to log in ^^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I as an artist, am utterly disgusted.

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    Comment by Daiyousei
    02:54 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these are just common positions. The link between her works and the stuff she supposedly traced is minimal at best. Go back to profiling your waifus days 2ch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is retarded, come on! Ok maybe she trace some image. But for cry out loud, if you search hard enough there will be images that similar to each other. Those people sure have lot of free time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    not Hikki-chan! XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these pictures are really simmonsed but not all of them. Why can't she draw people in embryo pose? That pose is not copyrighted, and not even special. 2ch overdid it again.

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    Comment by Ribbons
    01:53 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least SOMEONE likes Turn A Gundam enough to trace off it.

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    Comment by motaku96
    01:54 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The detectives of 2ch strike again! Too bad, I like that art.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these are ridiculously tenuous connections.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2ch likes to cry a lot about plagiarism. No matter what an artists designs, unless it's abstract art, there will be other instances of the elements incorporated somewhere else. Think about it; how many pictures have you seen where there's a man and a woman hugging? If someone draws that kind of scenery, of course you'll be able to find a photo/other image of it somewhere which looks like your drawing. And every art work these days is made up of a combination of different works; there is hardly any original artwork left in this world.

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    Comment by ProfessorMinovsky
    04:36 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No not even abstract art is safe I remember reading something on here about an artist getting their award taken away because they did an abstract painting of a statue that was based on a popular character...

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    Comment by ----
    03:09 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing 2ch is good for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a shame they aren't very good at it then...

    Yes a few of those images are clear cases, but the majority of them just seem to be 2ch-ers jumping on the bandwagon, wanting to scream and jump around like a crazy monkey because that's what everyone else is doing.

    Someone really need to explain to the jumping monkeys at 2ch that you can't copyright poses or ideas, painting a picture with "girl sitting and playing guitar" or "guy sitting cross-legged" is not plagiarism even though there are 100+ painting and pics with almost the exact pose, and the pic with the paper planes are fucking facepalm - copyright does very much NOT cover ideas like "paperplanes on floor".

    Shit like that makes me wanna explain to the 2ch idiots, with a baseball bat, just how boring entertainment would be if you could copyright ideas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Come one, plagiarism! I have seen some of the poses from the pics posted here hundred of times before.

    Also, 2ch’s investigations? lol give me a break, those who did this have way too much time on their hands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if this is plagiarist
    then isint it REALLY hard to be original?

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    03:48 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If that is plagiarism, then nearly every picture on this world is a copy from something else.
    Even using a real reference like sitting on a chair, walking and such is plagiarism, if it was used for another picture.
    2ch - the plagiarism fag police on the Internet.
    I never took those idiots serious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know its common practice to imitate posture. She took it overboard but there's nothing wrong with that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shit is some straight up retarded conspiracy shit. It doesn't fucking matter what you draw, it could be the most random fucking pose ever, and there is bound to be an image or 2, or 500 fucking million of it on the internet already. I could understand if maybe this was totally ripping on some manga or something (like simmons) but this shit is just the most random shit. She drew a basic bike design ! oh shit ! omg, she drew a fucking basic bag design ! OMFG. HOLY SHIT! She drew a person playing guitar in a chair in perhaps one of the most common positions to sit in when playing a guitar. And no, the guitars aren't even the same. The general body outline is similar, as semi hallow bodies tend to have similar shapes, however they are far from a perfect match/trace.

    Fucking crazy tinfoil hat trolls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 02/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see nothing wrong here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:54 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She apologized for thesep lagirisms.
    That is all.Dismiss.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:44 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i thought she will look like a fat women with lots of pimple on face.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:40 04/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    now otakus has option about art.Don't go judge something you have no idea about

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are forgetting that the 'real crime' isn't even entirely in the copyright issue with the stock images, but in the fact that this artist was tracing at all.

    Some of these images do seem to be just 'drawing from reference', something every artist does, but some really are obvious traces.

    Tracing is the kind of thing that may not seem like much to the normal person, but to other artists, it's insulting for someone to get famous when not putting in as much work as real artists have to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm divided by this one. In some cases they're trying to prove the same link to multiple existing photos in the same way. In other cases she's drawn objects that exist in real life (such as a guitar and bag) and you can't very well cry wolf because the end product looks realistic.

    At the same time, others are more clear0cut and give weight to what would otherwise be pretty tenuous links.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    a lot of these smack of "you keep using that word, but I do not think it means what you think it does."

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gee, Picky...
    Google Greg Lands and see what people can get away with...
    I swear, you people need to chill out >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these are just sad. Like, some I can agree she just stole. But the dog? No shit it was took from a photo!
    Also some you can tell she just referenced. I'm not saying she didn't steal at all, but some of these are just people overreacting because she was caught and now they're trying ot find any more evidence to throw at her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    doh. even if an artist draw the same picture, the ratio between this picture would not be the same. in this case, it's pretty obvious that her picture is more the less 90% exactly the same which also proof of her existance of stealing people's work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    can i use her picture as an ads? i don't have any others skill other then tracing.

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    08:23 03/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are a lot here that were referencing stockphotos, which is fine as it's reference but if they had the chance to explain it was from a reference, that would be great, but a lot were copied directly in a way that can't be looked over. The first Magnet example is a good case of ripping off art of someone else but the other cases are not valid as it could be seen as reference or inspiration. I am disappointed that she ripped off some artwork and photos so directly as I liked a lot of Dixie's work.

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