October 29, 2005

Too busy these days...

Lately my business has been extremely busy that I can not
catch up with information along Noma Neko issue.

Thus, here I sorrily have to declare that I can not update this blog as often as before....

When my situation gets settled I will summrise this issue.

I do wish it will end happily to everyone,
not only to us, internet users especially those
who are called 2-channellers but AVEX and
all the companies concerned.......


できるだけ早く再開できるように頑張ります orz


Monsieur Monar

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October 02, 2005


チラシを受け取ってくれた人達ありが邸 一緒に参加できた人達ありが邸

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September 30, 2005

Ayumi Hamasaki facing crisis? Musical composition supplier of Ay

Ayumi Hamasaki facing crisis? Musical composition supplier of Ayu
is planning to leave AVEX. (From : goo news September 19, 2005)

Ayumi Hamasaki(26 yrs old), a singer regarded as Japanese diva
is facing crisis.
A composer who also belongs to AVEX, who is a member of a popular band
"Do As Infinity" that belongs to AVEX as well, Dai Nagao (34 yrs old)
is willing to leave AVEX.
D.A.I(=Dai Nagao) has supplied compositions to Ayumi Hamasaki.

A person concerned in musical production says "D.A.I is tired of being a
sked by AVEX to compose songs gathering good parts of ex-hit songs.
D.A.I wants to seek a brand new artist by himself."

D.A.I has made his debut as a member of "Do As Infinity" 6 years ago.
He shifted to work as a composer rather than a performer, performing
less at stage.
He has been supplying songs to Ayumi(=Ayumi Hamasaki), hitomi(29 yrs old), and Every little Thing.
Ayu, hitomi, and E.L.T. all belong to AVEX and they are very popular in
Japanese Pop music scene. One of his work titled "Voyage" won the annual
grand prize awarded to the best musician at 2002 which was colaborated with Ayu.
D.A.I is a real hit maker that even paid his tax of 20 million yen,
earning 61 million yen.

If D.A.I leaves, AVEX should be damaged hard.

The person concerned in musical production also says "AVEX has offered a condition that D.A.I can quit AVEX if he signs on a contract of handing
over all the rights of songs he has created to AVEX.
I also heard that D.A.I has already determined with whom to work after quitting AVEX. It seems to be hard to carry it out...... There should be
certain situation that AVEX can not let him go....."

Is AVEX persuading D.A.I by any means in secret?

AVEX denied "How did you get such an idea? There is no situation like that."

Issei Tomizawa, a musical critic, who is well familiar with J-POP scene analyzes :
"It is not rare that a composer taken care of by a company takes up his arm against the company to think that the composer is well skilled enough, he/she can feel secure to be guarded under the name of company,
in the other hand. There is, however, a risk of being abandoned by company. Financial negotiation should be held from now on. "

Ayu who has lately been composing songs by herself is suffering from discourage of her recent works.

"Ayu lately has asked to produce Hip Hop or Reggae tasted songs. She seems that she wants to shift her style. She might want to be Namie Amuro." indicates the person shown above.....
*Namie Amuro is also an AVEX singer who broke out mid 1990s.
Monseur Monar added.

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September 29, 2005

ASCII ART fans sent an open letter of inquiry to AVEX.

On September 20, 2005, an open letter of inquiry has been sent to
the a representative director of AVEX group holdings with the name
of "all Ascii Art fans concerned".
Reply due date is limited by September 30, 2005.
Please wait for the update here.
An open letter about NomaNeko issue.

We saw your statement "About copyright of NomaNeko" on your official webpage.
Now it is getting attention from many people on goods regarding NomaNeko which has been sold from September 1, 2005. Also it is spoken that the character NomaNeko closely resembles to common Ascii Art (AA after forth) whose name is "Mona" and "Molalar" broadly in internet community.
Many apprehensions for restriction of using AA and AA characters are coming up.

We, AA fans, sent this letter of inquiry so that we could refer on creating AAs or using AAs to clarify indistinct informations at this moment.

Thus, hereby we ask you AVEX group holdings to answer these open inquries shown below with supposed date and details of correspondence and return the answer to whom it should be returned.
To your referrence, we herein enclose some examples of AA characters.
Please use it to help your referrence and reply. Here we enclose an envelope of return with this letter.

Please allow us to limit the deadline of reply at September 30, 2005.
Please be informed that when no reply comes by the due date, we will take it
that no answer is your will, and make it open.

This letter has no legal power which forces you to answer as a duty,
according to law of contract of consumers, however, it is determined that
companies should effort to show an appropreate information to consumers,
please give us answer with your eagerness.
And even if your reply becomes the same as you have already answered sometime somewhere, please make it clear in the statutory form.
Please reply being aware enough that this letter of inquiry is OPEN to puclic.

1. Can we take AA characters such as "Mona" a totally different
character from "NomaNeko"?

2. Let us know what "NomaNeko" exactly means. If it is hard to describe,
pictures or drawings are acceptable.

3. Please distinguish the FIRST Flash Movie that your employee saw first
from PV and character goods that AVEX is putting on sale now.
If it is hard to describe, pictures or drawings are acceptable.

4. Please cite the name of characters corresponds to AA characters such
as "Mona ". When the name is not clear for you, pictures or drawings
are acceptable.

5. Please define existing "AA characters such as "Mona"." concretely.

6. Please let us know what "new originality" was added?
Please answer with comparison between NomaNeko and existing characters,
characters answerd at question 4. If it is indescribable, pictures are

7. Is there any restriction to existing AA and AA characters if illustrated
or three dimentionally shaped?

8. Are you going to restrict AAs or AA characters which will be created
in the future? Please answer concretely.

9. Are there any other characters concerning in promotion of
"Dragostea Din Tei" than NomaNeko?
If there are, please let us know what it is called and what it
indicates. If it is hard to describe, pictures and drawings are

10. Can we take your reply to this open letter as the colletive opinion of
AVEX group holdings?

Questions finished.
Thank you.

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September 25, 2005


Guess what. All what you see here is only news of AVEX that I hate for this issue....

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Hiroyuki, webmaster of mega BBS 2-channel has sent an e-mail with inquriy to AVEX.

Hiroyuki Nishimura, webmaster of 2-channel has sent an inquiry to AVEX as shown below:

*Hiroyuki's message*
Well, I sent an e-mail of inquiry shown below to AVEX.

If NomaNeko and NomaTako issue is not a familiar topic or if you do not have any idea of it, please see this website,
What is NomaNeko problem? . This should be very helpful.
(All in Japanese. Monseur Monar added.)
**As the website shown above is all in Japanese, please see articles that Monseur Monar wrote below or visit Comprehend NomaNeko problem in 5 minutes.

If AVEX reacts to my inquiry, I will update here.


*Open letter of inquiry about NomaTako*
My name is Nishimura and I am webmaster of a BBS website 2-channel.

I now am thinking of promoting a character whose name is "NomaTako",
I want to assure that there is not any problem with you at all on registering
NomaTako as a trademark.
When no reply comes in seven days, I will sorrily take it as a tacit permission.
Looking forward to your reply.

Design of NomaTako.

What NomaTako is :
"NomaTako" was born in VIP thread in 2-channel.
NomaTako has been created with inspiration from a waterbag traditionally placed on horse saddle.
It has been created to criticize NomaNeko problem with originality added
and characterized which does not restrict AVEX of using a logomark using "A" .

As we are doing it as business, we always are eager to promote certain goods
more and more following reaction of the market. This trademark, however, works only in NomaTako which is planned to be promoted as our charcter.
This registeretion is not to ristrict your rights to use "A" logomark of course.
Hereby we repeatedly emphasize, this registeration was made only on NomaTako which namely means that it does not ristrict any use of logomark of Ayumi Hamasaki.

We, 2-channel are looking forward to communicating with Music Industry so that we both will promote entertaining contents which can be enjoyed with more people.
Thank you.

Explanation of NomaTako was referred from your statement.

September 24, 2005
Hiroyuki Nishumura

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September 24, 2005

Even retailers are confused......


Please see these 2 pictures.
Both pictures were taken at an amusement arcade.
You will see the NomaNeko drawing in Pic.1.
But the cushions placed in the box are not NomaNeko....
They are Toro, a famous cat in PS(Play Station) game.

Now please see Pict.2
This picture looks like introducing NomaNeko goods but in fact,
characters shown in it were brought from a Flash Movie created by
another person. It instantly means that for those who are not
interested in 2-ch or AA, or not familiar with 2-ch,
"Mona","NomaNeko" and Pic.2 all look the same, doesn't it?

Also, what AVEX has relied on for excuse of faking Mona in NomaNeko
"(Answering a question from an anonymous person called Nanashi-San)
To look two subjects the same or different depends upon subjectivity."
now totally makes no sense.

This might be a very small thing happened, but this could be the first example of
breaking through AVEX's "subjectivity" issue.
I hope, I really do, these evidences will be gathered and this problem gets finished
as soon as possible. AVEX has been doing dirty business, but AVEX went beyond the line,
2-channel. They underestimated the potential power of internet inhabitants.
(Sep. 23 2005 Monseur Monar. Pictures given 257 and 259 in 2-ch thread. Thx!!)

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September 23, 2005

AVEX has annouced an official statement about NomaNeko issue.

AVEX's statement is as follows :

We deeply apologize for causing confusion and misunderstanding on registeration of
a trademark of NomaNeko which actual registeration has been made by ZEN.
We did not explain our situation with details enough.

As we are doing it as business, we always are eager to promote certain goods
more and more following reaction of the market. This trademark, however, works only
in NomaNeko which is planned to be promoted as our charcter.
This registeretion is not to ristrict your rights to use Mona or other AAs of course.
Hereby we repeatedly emphasize, this registeration was made only on NomaNeko which namely
means that it does not ristrict any use of other AAs such as Mona, Shii etc.

Let us apologize for those who love AA characters and who have brought them up
that our business on NomaNeko was not considered well enough. We, AVEX group, are deeply repentant.

Great job, folk. Nothing to say such an excuse
(it does not even look like an excuse to me, thuogh.....)
Let me shout, ITTE YOSHI!!

How could a big coorporation like AVEX do such a terrible thing?
I want to ask AVEX on it for about an hour.....
Seeing this statement reminded me of AVEX that they have no ethics on business again.
Too tired to see it.

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September 19, 2005

Noma-Neko problem getting to spread outside Japan.

Non-Japanese internet users are reacting to the topic that a character shown in PV of a song promoted by AVEX "Noma Neko" real closely resembles to an AA character well known to be often seen in 2-channel.
Many of internet users in Japan are reacting against this problem to spread this matter in BBS websites or individual weblogs which repurciussions are to spread worldwide.

On September 14, an website was created to explain this problem in English and its URL has been placed on BBS websites out of Japan.

"Getting to know this issue at first made me real sad. I also like Ayumi Hamasaki"
A computer programmer(23) an AA in 2-channel fan from Maryland, USA said.
He also said "The usage of these AA characters should be completely free to everyone.
A profittal company should never attempt to own copyright of them although they are not their original creation." He got to know this problem from BBS website built outside Japan.
He is now eager to catch up with this matter.

A 17 year old male student from Haarlem, Netherland expressed his anger
"It's not fair! It is an obvious plagiarism. I want to take avex to court."
He also said, "I will keep in touch and updating about this problem in my blog and BBS."

AA characters, songs, and flash movies born in 2-ch have been accepted and enjoyed abroad as well as it has been in Japan. Some personal weblogs built by non-Japanese introduce these works. AA characters made from letters and signs, which many of them are born in 2-channel, are still used or introduced in some websites outside Japan.

On September 13, a Japanese newspaper has released an article that "Noma-Neko that resembles to a Mona, well known from 2-channel is causing a situation."
(September 18, 2005 Website:Jiyu-tyo)

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Internet Watch, a newscasting webpage released an article.

Article released in English is as follows :

Is HMV "inspired" by Onigiri?
In HMV website, Onigiri was introduced in advertisement of O-Zone new release information.

"Dragostea din Tei" or "Koi no Mai a hi" prevailed broadly with "Noma-Neko" problem.
Now it is said that O-Zone's new single which is supposed to be released at the beginning of November "Fiesta de la noche" or "Ai-no de la noche" is pointed out that another AA character is featured being "inspired" in its PV.

The picture of character featured was placed on the topic of "Dance & Soul" as a new release info. in HMV Japan official webpage .
With pharase "Now Ai no de la noche is ready to come!", an AA character known as Onigiri
(*=Riceball. Webmaster added.)which is popular especially among 2-channellers
or too closely ressembled character dancing was shown.
(*2-channellers means the users of gigantic BBS website 2(ni)-channel. Webmaster added)
This picture is deleted few days after it was noticed and informed in a 2-ch thread, it has been placed on September 12 for a while.

AVEX, a music giant promoting "Dragostea din Tei" and "Fiesta de la noche" annouced that it is no concern with AVEX about the characters featured in the picture shown in HMV webpage. HMV Japan, meanwhile, has answered to an individual who asked about the picture that "To launch a news on releasing O-Zone new single, we found this picture to retrieve any picture suitable from computer search." Onigiri picture was deleted little while later.

According to HMV Japan, HMV Japan produces pictures to be placed in new release info. not only receiving pictures from music label.
"As producing advertisement by ourselves, we normally are careful enough with matters of copyright, we were too careless to upload the picture without making sure nor getting permission from AVEX. "
HMV Japan has admitted that picture of Onigiri inspired characters was released as a part of advertisement of O-Zone's new single without being permitted by AVEX
nor assuring the copyright.

HMV also announced, however, "We are not sure if the data of picture was retrieved via internet or our own database.", which does not make clear where the picture itself come from.

AVEX has announced "No Comment" about new character "Noma Tako" born as a critisizm against "Noma-Neko" problem which resembles logo of Ayumi Hamasaki, an AVEX singer.
(September 16, 2006 INTERNET Watch)

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