Leiji Matsumoto loses lawsuit

I just found this via the Anime News Network.

Leiji Matsumoto, creator of Galaxy Express 999 and Captain Harlock, among others was fined the equivalent of $24,000 for defaming singer Noriyuki Makihara by saying a song of his lifted lines from one of Matsumoto’s popular Galaxy Express manga.

The court found that the lyrics were not similar enough to be copied.

In my opinion, the lyrics are pretty similar. It would not be hard to come up with the “new” lyrics with the original Galaxy Express lines. Of course, what really happened, we may not know.

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