A few days ago, KISAKI seemingly deleted all personal posts from his blog (release/live information posts were spared). For those of you who have been asking about it over twitter, this is the story:
As you know, KISAKI was in the hospital for a few days last week. After being released, he posted a picture of paper cranes he had received from fans during his hospital stay. However, a Japanese fan recognized this photo―recognized it from a simple Google image search for “paper cranes.”
When this came to light, other fans stepped forward and revealed that KISAKI had passed off pictures from Google as his own in several other entries as well. A list was compiled of all of entries containing faked images: in all, there were 10~20 entries.
The problem with this is twofold. First, KISAKI effectively committed copyright infringement, as he passed these pictures off as his own. Obviously none of us really care about that aspect. The second, and more insidious, problem is that it calls into question whether KISAKI was telling the truth about the contents of the entries to begin with.
For example, KISAKI posted a picture of food he had eaten while in the hospital, and that image turned out to be stolen. Does this mean that KISAKI was never in the hospital to begin with? Similarly, KISAKI posted a picture of his shattered car window after it was broken into during the night, but that image too turned out to be stolen. Was he lying about his car being broken in to?
The vast majority of the stolen images were benign―a picture of pancakes, a GLASS of alcohol at a bar, etc.―but, as you can see, a few cases are troubling. In an attempt to avoid the issue altogether, I suppose, KISAKI deleted all of his almost 5,000 personal blog entries.
Although I could never condone using stolen images so brazenly, I'm extremely saddened by the loss of years of information and memories.