This re-assigned shit is what blows my mind a little bit. I don't know why experienced developers are putting up with that at all, unless they signed themselves up for a completely ridiculous contract where they aren't allowed to leave, in which case what the fuck? I also don't really understand how Konami can afford to effectively blacklist experienced artists by moving them to janitorial positions. Who is allowing themselves to be subjected to that and why?
I'm playing devils advocate here, I know plenty of people who would rather take a runner/intern position than face a lengthy chunk of unemployment, so there's a chance that "people are being reassigned" has been given a somewhat negative spin, and actually they are keeping people employed in temporary positions so they can keep them on the payroll? The way it's phrased here does make it sound extremely malicious, though...
This has more to do with Japanese employment laws. Basically, you can't legally fire an employee unless you can painstakingly prove they are actively detrimental to your business, and even then it's a lengthy process. To get around this, employers will put employees in shitty positions to coerce them to quit of their own accord.
This aspect isn't unique to Konami at all, but it's still a shitty thing that happens.
@lordofultima: Yes they did. Are they going to prison? How much fines they have to pay? Oh, they got muted. They are using service that can do that if the service provider so desires. They agreed to this when they started to use the service or (/and) agreed to the term of services.
Law is the law and if you break it you roll the dice. And the whole point of my original post was that nothing is not going to stop this change in the internet unless the problem is fixed in it's root - which is the copyright law and system that controls and modifies it. You can bitch about Google, Twitch and services that replaces them, but the same problem will creep up (with greater strength) again and again unless the real issue is fixed.
People however tend to focus their attention on the surface issues, so this is not likely to ever change for the better.
Probably because apathetic people like you aren't helping.