[No official court ruling.]
“Hachigatsu no Rainy” [“August Rainy”]
Comment (…we’re still cogitating!)
Response by LOVE ANNEX, Mori’s former publishing company
Original Response by LOVE ANNEX (Japanese): PDF
English translation of Response by Shuyu Wang (GWU Law School) with Google translation:
Apology for Infringement by Our Former Songwriter
This time, it turns out that our former songwriter has committed infringing conduct.
On April 11, 2018, singer Shuta Sueyahshi debuted the song “M.A.K.E.” at his performance at Budokan. The song was provided by our former songwriter Yamato Mori (hereinafter referred to as “Mori”). After that, when “M.A.K.E.” was distributed through various media, we began to investigate the fact that “M.A.K.E.” was very similar to the song “August Rainy” released by Harumaki Gohan. The investigation revealed that Mori had falsely submitted the sound source of “August Rainy” as his own demo work to us. With regard to the submission of this demo, even though we repeatedly confirmed with Mori that the song was completely his own original work, that there was no copying from the time of production to the release, Mori nevertheless continued to deceive by providing various false testimonies.
(1) We sincerely regret that such a situation has occurred, and we apologize for causing a great deal of inconvenience and concern to Harumaki Gohan, Shuta Sueyoshi, anyone else involved, and our fans. We deeply apologize. Also, as mentioned above, Harumaki Gohan, Shuta Sueyoshi, and anyone else involved have no fault at all.
We decided that it would be difficult for us to continue the management of the contractual relationship that was based on our trust with Mori, so we decided to terminate the contract. We are also discussing future correspondences.
(2) We take this incident very seriously, and we will take the utmost care to prevent recurrence by thoroughly implementing guidance and education and strengthening our management system.