News Producer Tetsuya Komuro Given Suspended Sentence
posted on 2009-05-12 13:39 EDT
Tetsuya Komuro, the prolific music producer behind Namie Amuro, Globe, hitomi, and dozens of other acts, was given a three-year sentence, suspended for five years, for copyright fraud on Monday. Komuro was arrested last November after he promised to sell the copyrights to 806 songs to a private investor for 1 billion yen (about US$10 million) in 2006. The investor sent half of the payment and then discovered that Komuro did not actually own the copyrights, even though he produced the songs. A court ruled that Komuro must pay 600 million yen (US$6 million) last July, and another court ordered for the arrest of Komuro and two business associates after he did not pay. The Osaka District Court cited Komuro's remorse and the Avex production company's payment of the damages for the relatively light sentence.
Komuro composed the soundtrack for the first Vampire Hunter D anime video. He later contributed to the soundtracks of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo, Street Fighter II: The Movie, Zoids: Fuzors, and several other anime.