Elon Musk has been in the mainstream news for what feels like weeks at this point. It all started before buying Twitter, announcing he’ll buy Twitter, and especially after he bought Twitter.
Since then he’s been making headlines for his controversial takes on his ideas for the company, the blue check subscription price that celebrities are mad at, and more.
Kentaro Sato, the author of the
But it’s not for the same reasons as westerners are criticizing Elon Musk.
Kentaro demands Elon Musk pay him $1 billion dollars for copyright infringement
— 佐藤健太郎@不死と罰2巻発売中 (@sato_ken_taro) November 7, 2022
“Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk has been posting my drawings without permission, so I’d like a usage fee of one billion. In dollars.” – kentaro Sato
In a direct response to Elon’s tweet which is an anime meme using the main character from Magical Girl Site, Kentaro responded via his official Twitter account.
It was of course in Japanese and was translated into the quote you see above.
The main issue is, from his own perspective, posting mages of the copyright Kentaro owns, and doing it without his permission in particular.
It’s the permission part that seems to be a major problem for Kentaro Sato.
Follow up tweets
In the first follow-up Tweet he shows where the image originally comes from in the
Some people in the comments are arguing that this is NOT a copyright violation since it’s a meme, it’s within Twitter itself, and all sorts of reasoning.
Not everybody is on board with this thinking though. Many believe this is technically a copyright violation since it’s his work and it’s being used without Kentaro’s permission as the author and owner of the work.
What do you think? Is this a joke or is it genuine?