Japanese Music Chart Company Sues Man Who Questions Their Methodology

from the free-speech? dept

Doug in Kamakura writes in to let us know about an unfortunate lawsuit in Japan. "Oricon — Japan’s analog to Billboard in the United States and top music industry ranking chart provider — filed a civil suit against freelance writer and music critic Ugaya Hiro in Tokyo District Court for damaging the ranking chart’s “honor and credibility” through a quote used in a April 2006 issue of Cyzo (Saizou) magazine. Oricon is demanding 50,000,000 JPY ($416,666) in compensation from Ugaya.”" They’re not suing the magazine that published the article. They’re not asking for a retraction of the article. They’re just suing the guy the author of the article called up for a quote and who gave his opinion, questioning the ranking methodology of the Oricon charts. In fact, Oricon even admits that they only want Ugaya to “shut up” and issue an apology. Perhaps Japan should looking into passing a SLAPP law to prevent this kind of thing.

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Sanguine Dream says:

I know!

The reason companies try to sue critics is to draw public attention to the “significant blow” that will dealt to the critic. A “let that be a lesson to you” type thing. They figure if they can drag them out into the public eye and force them to pay up, shut up, or admit being wrong then the Streisand Effect will work in their favor.

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