Subject to the terms and conditions of “Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial, 3.0 Unported” (“CC BY-NC”), Crypton Future Media Inc. (Crypton) grants you a license to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit illustrations of Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO and KAITO (collectively, the “Characters”) for non-commercial use.
Crypton has officially registered Hatsune Miku and their other Vocaloid characters with a Creative Commons program.
For those of you who don’t know what Creative Commons is, it’s basically a copyright program for artists. Artists and companies register their works under the Creative Commons program in order to regulate how people are allowed to use their works.
What’s the big deal? Oh, there’s a lot to talk about.
This is a game-changing move. Here are the major discussion points on the For Creators site:
- You can NOT profit from any widely-distributed works containing Crypton characters.
- You can NOT upload your Vocaloid works onto Youtube:
The Characters are licensed under CC BY-NC (which does not allow commercial use). But the only CC license currently available under YouTube is CC-Attribution (CC-BY), which allows commercial use. Therefore, unfortunately, any video clip of yours that contains any of the Characters cannot be uploaded on YouTube with a CC-BY license.
In other words, if you put your work on YouTube, you are assuming that you may eventually profit from it (i.e. ad revenue). Therefore, it violates the Crypton copyright. (Trying to centralize around NND?)
- Even though images of Miku may be created, you may NOT redistribute others’ images of Miku, unless their work’s copyright permits it. Even with this, they recommend that you put the artist’s name accompanying the work.
- Prior guidelines by Crypton are still in place! You have to use your best judgement in figuring out how you’re going to use others’ works.
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