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:
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 adf.ly 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 Ad.fly 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.