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MMD Stupid Links by Trackdancer

Someone is earning money with your models... My thoughts.

I received this note a few days ago from ZakuraMay and this is reproduced more or less verbatim below:

Dear Trackdancer
I've been recently searching for MMD parts on google when I found that this girl
[ no need to slander anyone so I removed references to this person ]
has reuploaded your stages
site reference removed ]
The main issue is that she is getting profit of your work by re-uploading your work and using links in order to redirect you to those re-uploaded parts instead of redirecting you to the original link. I have had other problems with her but she never does anything, so I hope you could solve this.
If you need anything, please contact me
I've received quite a few notes like this from people in the past and this is probably as good a time as any to post my position on this sort of thing. But before going into that, I do wish to thank ZakuraMay and others who have contacted me about this type of issue in the past for their kind consideration.

Here's my stance and it's really very simple because I gave this a lot of thought before I even uploaded my first model and offered it as a download.

I use a Creative Commons license to protect my work. This was important as unlike most MMD offerings available on DA, most of my work are 100% original work. I don't use parts from others except of course on the very small handful of models edit that I have done.

The form of the license that I use is normally: CC-BY-NC-ND

Here's basically what these mean:

CC - Creative Commons license; please see their website for the full terms of the license. But basically, you can use my stuff at no charge and with no other obligations to me except as noted below provided you operate within the terms of the license. The terms of the license makes it easy for people to share creative resources and under the terms of the license you can even send my stuff to your friends or even offer the package in its entirety for download on a separate site. I personally would take a rather dim view of a person who would do something like that, but that is how the license works. But I took this risk as it was the best solution for EVERYONE as it protects EVERYONE.

MMD for me is a hobby. It's done for fun. As such, I choose to use this type of license not so much to protect ME, but to protect YOU

Does this make sense to anyone?

BY - that stands for "BY", in common language: CREDIT ME IF YOU USE THE DAMN THING. Not a hard concept but it somehow manages to elude the thinking of a large proportion of the people who use my stuff. Then again, I can't help it if people have parents who haven't taught them basic social skills.

NC - Non-commercial use only. I'm not making money from it so you can't either. Now, you and I would have an issue if you put my stuff into a box and sold it without paying royalties. On the other hand, this earn money for clicks kind of scheme is on more dodgy legal grounds. But since I WOULD NEVER CLICK ON AN AD.FLY LINK, and no sensible person who values the security integrity of their PC should either, it doesn't bother me. In the final analysis, how much will they earn from clicks on links that leads to my stage models? A buck or two perhaps?

In other words, put it into perspective and if you do, it isn't worth making a fuss about.

ND - No Derivative works. In a nutshell, generally this means don't edit. Though in actual practice I have always permitted private editing if that is necessary for your project. 

Now what it comes down to in the end is mutual trust and the way it works for me is simply this:

I trust YOU to be respectful enough with my intellectual property rights for me to use a license that gives YOU almost total creative freedom to use my works within your works.

For the most part, the vast majority of people who support my work have been considerate and respectful. As such I don't see any need to rethink my legal recourses when it comes to how I distribute my works to the MMDC. This is a wonderful, supportive community which has been largely pleasant to interact with over the years. Yes, there was the occasional drama and a few bad seeds, but overall, it is the people in this community as a whole that makes it worthwhile for me to be doing what I am doing and to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for reading as always, my opinions are worth exactly only 2 cents.


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Phanotak Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Hi. I regularly turn to your DA for help on MMD, but I have a problem that I've been looking to fix for a couple weeks now.
I'm having trouble trying to get the color gradient on a Radiation Spectrum Analyzer UV to look like this:…

Fiddling around on PMD Editor gets me only a singular color. 
Like so:…

Some previous advice included dividing the model into multiple subsets, (either into bars or circles) then either editing each material's color to fix them permanently or give each circle a set of its own facials like 31-33 to set their color in MMD.
Not sure what that means, and I'm not all too familiar with PMD editor. 
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
The VMD model in the YT video uses a trick to illuminate the bars. It's down with a separate 'glow' model that is underneath the bars. Watch the video more carefully and you should be able to figure out how it's done. Even better, in the video description there's a link to the stage model. Just download it and see exactly how they did it.
khalelgadban Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
hello ! 
i have a big problem with my model
when i put a motion 
her hands get into her head and clothes and it does not look good
any help fixing this? 
like her hands get inside her head
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
You will have to adjust the problematic positions manually. Motion are made on a specific model and since MMD models frames and mesh differ from model to model, when the motion data is transferred to another model, issues like this can occur.

This kind of problem is especially bad when using a motion designed for a more or less normal human model and then transferred over to a model with distorted proportions.
RedXVII Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Hello, thanks for your tutorials they have been very helpful!
One question though, how would you render a second camera in the screens, for instance the screen in your nightclub stage?
I thought about rendering first with the secondary camera as an AVI then setting that up as my background video,
but maybe there's a simpler solution?
Thanks a lot!
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
The screens have basically two modes. They can be used to either capture what's going on in the main view port verbatim or you can use them to play back a pre-recorded AVI. Anything else will require the use of a Post-Editing process.
K0rvid Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah. I stumbled upon your profile while looking for parts, read some of your model reviews and journals, and I have to say your content is incredibly insightful.
I like how in-depth you go into the inner workings of MMD, you word your writing in a way that lets me understand it. It's also entertaining, these types of articles really make my day.
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
I write my stuff this way as reading technical manual is boring and MMD in the final analysis is really just for fun despite it's technological complexities.
Darknessmagician Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi! Well, I have a problem and I need your help, sorry if i bother you!
A few day before, all of my model work normaly until i update my drivers(graphic drivers include) an error orcur, the mesh of the models disappear! When I zoom in the camera, they appear but still error, this happen to TDA models(their face not being error, only their body mesh) and some other models too(a game ripping models and SeeU(not TDA)) Here is how they look:
Thank you very much!
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
See if this helps: A very odd issue... by Trackdancer
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