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Anime artist accuses Sony of selling her art on PS4 without permission

Published: 15/Mar/2020 14:25 Updated: 15/Mar/2020 14:26

by Joe Craven

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A popular Czech anime artist, who goes by the online name ‘liah0227’, has claimed that Sony are selling their artwork without permission on PS4, where it is listed as being owned by a different company. 

In a March 14 tweet, Liah claimed that PlayStation creators Sony are selling a piece of her art on the Playstation Store, without her consent or permission.

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The product itself is instead credited to Kingdom Media LLC, who Liah explains she has had no contact with, nor Sony.

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Sony are based in Tokyo, Japan.

The listing is on the PlayStation Store under the name ‘Anime School Girl Avatar’, and is being sold for $0.99. 

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“So Sony is selling my art on their playstation store and has it owned by Kingdom Media LLC?” she said. “I was never reached out regarding this by Sony or Kingdom Media LLC.” 

She also explained that it was actually one of her followers that made her aware of the incident, rather than any of the companies involved approaching her for permission. 

In a series of follow up tweets, the artist explained that she has since reached out to Sony in order to solve the situation. However, the company has since stopped replying. 

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“I already contacted Sony to resolve this on good terms,” she said, “keeping a good intention in my mind but after some emails back and forth they didn’t help me and stopped replying to me. I’m hoping I can bring some attention this way and they can take down the art from their store.”

She continued: “I don’t think I can sue them, I understood that I needed to have my art registered for copyright in order to take this to court which is not the case.” 

She concluded by explaining that she never even considered copyrighting her work, as she never thought her work would be taken without permission. Regardless, it remains her intellectual property, meaning she likely has a legal claim over its commercial use.

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There has been no public response from Sony, with the communication between the company and Liah not available. Her original tweet has received a huge amount of attention, sitting at over 1,800 retweets at the time of writing, helping spread the word.

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Demon Slayer cosplayer transforms into a monster as Nezuko Kamado

Published: 6/Oct/2020 18:47

by Brent Koepp

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A talented cosplayer became the real life version of Nezuko Kamado from Demon Slayer. The artist’s mind-blowing re-creation brings the popular anime to life like you’ve never seen before.

Demon Slayer was the breakout anime of 2019, captivating audiences around the world with its dark story and stunning animation. Viewers couldn’t get enough of its story about the Kamado siblings and their quest to avenge their family.

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Celebrating the series, a talented cosplayer brought scenes from the show to life with photography and videos. Her insanely accurate costume of Nezuko will be sure to leave fans of the show in awe.

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Nezuko is one of the main protagonists in the hit 2019 anime Demon Slayer.

Nezuko cosplay brings Demon Slayer to life

The popular anime doesn’t hold back punches, as it opens with the Kamado family being slayed by creatures. Nezuko survives, but is turned into a demon. The show follows the heroine and her brother Tanjiro as they look for a cure.

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Russian cosplayer Melissa ‘gardeeva_melissa‘ brought the cursed protagonist to life with a costume she posted on Instagram. The artist posed next to flowers in the character’s signature pink patterned yukata, and her kimono which drapes over her shoulders.

Melissa faithfully captured Nezuko’s look, perfectly mirroring her flowing black hair, which turns vermillion at the bottom in curls. She even depicted her pale pink eyes, which is the color they change to after the heroine is turned into a demon.

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The Demon Slayer cosplayer shared another photo of the outfit and showed off her bamboo gag accessory. In the series, Nezuko uses the item to chew on in order to control her urge to attack humans. Photographer ‘del_phot_o‘ captured the Russian artist biting down on the prop.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Gardeeva created a video portraying the anime protagonist. The cosplayer really does look like Nezuko as she moves her striking pink eyes around.

Demon Slayer fans eagerly waiting for the show’s return are in luck as this October, the anime is getting the theatrical film, Mugen Train. The movie will bridge the gap between Seasons 1 and 2.

For everything we know so far about the upcoming movie, check out our guide here. Those wanting to catch up can watch the whole series on Crunchyroll and Funimation right now.