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Youka Nitta to Quit Manga Work, Back Catalog Pulled

posted on by Egan Loo

Manga artist Youka Nitta has deleted her entire webpage and blog on Tuesday, and left only an apology in the wake of revelations that she traced photographs in her works. In the apology, she reiterated her sorrow over the "copyright infringement in using photographs I thought 'looked good' in my illustrations." She added that she will stop future writing work and apologized again to the copyright holders of the photographs, the people involved, "and the readers who have enjoyed the works of Youka Nitta, even for just a little bit."

The Japanese publisher Libre has pulled direct links to Nitta's back-catalog from its b-boy website — including even mentions of her works in Libre's CD catalog and product news. Nitta's apology on the front page and the bulletin board dedicated to her still remain on the site, and the pages about some of her works are still indirectly available by searching for her name from other products' pages.

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