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Did you ask the artists at Capcom, SNK, etc to rip their artwork, sprites and animate them to use in another program?

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Controversy over Redistribution of M.U.G.E.N Works

 

There has been debate over the act of hosting the works of content creators for the engine without consent from them, a practice dubbed "warehousing." Warehouses and content 'megapacks' are generally seen as ideal for new engine users who are able to obtain a lot of usable content quickly with little searching. Arguments have risen against this practice. Since the "warehouse" would host all the content they previously downloaded, the content users are unaware of the original source of the content and possibly miss any patches or updates related to each piece of content. Another issue stems from the fact that many authors gain revenue in one form or another by visitors to their sites, be it by advertising banners on their site or merchandising (such as that sold by Mugen Institute for their original Dragon Claw character.) The use of "warehousing" has the potential to drop the amount of visitors to the author's web site, resulting in a loss of feedback, distribution of updates, or as in the case of Mugen Institute a possible loss of revenue.

 

There is some controversy on the legality of warehouses. Although most of the authors have not registered copyrights pertaining to the code or graphics used to create the content, much like hosting a videogame FAQ it is considered in violation of the author's copyright unless permission to host is given.[28] The debate ranges from original design by authors as well as derivative works or fan art often taken directly from previously released video game characters.[29] A violation of copyright of the original designs would be where the original author has good standing to legally sue an offending web host if the correct documentation was filed before the release of the content.[30] Typically it is argued that legal action is not sought for the misuse of most M.U.G.E.N creations because the origin of sprites and sounds has been ripped from commercial games even though the program code is crafted from scratch or templates.

 

The debate over warehousing has been long standing, but several key arguments stand out:

 

* The argument that the engine itself is freeware due to flockt not being required or asked for and the timeout function of the program still leaves it fully functional, and thus covered under freeware laws. In reply, opponents state due to the license agreement[5] obtained by Elecbyte, which in part may still apply, M.U.G.E.N itself is actually shareware, and covered under the laws governing such.[15]

* The argument that when copyrighted characters or sprites such as those owned by Capcom or SNK are used in the works, the works themselves are a violation of copyright and thus any claims are to be argued as null and void. Capcom, SNK and other companies have not shown any ill will towards those using sprites/sounds from their games when creating content for the engine, despite being aware of the practice for several years. However, French Bread previously had a notice on one of their older websites that expressed not to convert material found in their games.

* Some sites host original characters generated by the author themselves (such as those by Reu or Rikard), in which case the characters are still copyright of their authors. The copyright on the code itself is the key factor here, though the claim of copyright has been misinterpreted to cover the sprites or the character concept.

 

As M.U.G.E.N. add-on creator Igniz once stated at the MugenBR forums:

 

"Imagine that you're in school. Now, let's take that Capcom, SNK and the rest are the text books. Now imagine that a M.U.G.E.N. character is your classmate's homework. You get the rest."

 

However, people who don't support this stance cite Elecbyte's official statement in the enclosed documentation that "the reason for the open file formats is so that you can share techniques with other developers."[15] Yet there has been a great deal of controversy regarding permission (or lack thereof) between coders.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.U.G.E.N

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It's looks like BlackKnight is the only one here with some sense.

 

from reviewing this topic, you seem like that you are desperate and wiling to take whatever means to get what you want despite the creators wishes, but apparently it don't matter you you.

 

Just as long as you get what you want, the hell what others thinks.

 

As far as rules and such being made about certain creations. Those creators, such as myself, have that right!

 

We take the time out of our daily schedule to create such things and no its not an easy task. Let me clear something up, We as creators make stuff for mugen because we find it an enjoyable hobby, we don't create for you, but we may share our creations with the internet. Thats our choice and all we ask for something simple as do not distribute our works out side of our site.

 

Now you speak of creations and authors leaving the scene without notice. Ever take a minute and think what would be the cause behind that? You topic fully support what I just explained.

 

Anyway I am definitely against this and you know whats the funny part of all of this?

 

You guys find a leaked character warehoused on a site, you break your necks to get that creation, then you start crying about its broken or crappy.

 

What you expect from betas being leaked by random jerks?

 

I like how you assume things about me so easily without even a shred of evidence. I especially enjoy how you generalize and shove me in the same boat with all the other dudes. Oh, how I enjoy people who jump on bandwagons without even so much of an inkling of forethought or analysis.

 

So you're saying creators leave the scene because one of their works, which they decided to share with the Internet, is being distributed to a greater extent ON the Internet? See what I did there?

 

Let me clear some things up for you my friend. I'm not much of a MUGEN character collector. I have stuff to do, just as you do. And I take time away from that stuff to give a crap about your work. This is how it is. And the same goes for other people. And people would pay a lot more attention to your work if they could actually analyze it for themselves. The only real reason MUGEN developers leave the scene is because no one gives a crap about their work. And you know why? Because we can't actually see what he/she did. We can't actually appreciate that and give him credit for it.

 

But you already knew that, seeing as you apparently know everything about me. Why else would you decide it was a good idea to throw me, and/or any of the other posters that are for this change, in the same boat as every other retard in the MUGEN scene. Maturity for the win yo.

 

To answer your last two sentences, you obviously didn't read my previous post. And for the record, I could care less if this change was implemented or not. There's nothing a good google search can't dig up anyway. This would have just facilitated it and would've allowed us to share between ourselves like a community, further enhancing my point stated above.

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Did you ask the artists at Capcom, SNK, etc to rip their artwork, sprites and animate them to use in another program?

 

 

Actually Yes!

 

That issue was discussed plenty of times and at plenty of places. Those companies consider mugen as fan art and see nothing wrong with it.

 

Check mugen guild and Randomselect for more info pertaining to that.

 

-edit-

 

go to http://randomselect.i-xcell.com and look for news post March 18, 2007

 

March 18, 2007

 

Alright, let's cut to the chase. Messatsu recently emailed Capcom and SNK to see what their official stance is on stuff like M.U.G.E.N. Capcom's was what we all expect: it's fan art as long as you don't sell it. SNKP's was different: they said no to having their stuff used in games they didn't make. But before everyone screams the sky is falling, it should be pointed out this was SNKP's USA branch, and the validity of them having any say was brought into question because they 'don't make the games' and are 'just the USA branch'. Messatsu in turn emailed the Japan branch, and I sent a more detailed email to the USA one. No reply either way.

 

So all's good, right? Depends. To me, getting told no and then not getting any further reply isn't exactly a sign that it's all okay. Even the community doesn't do that. So if I ignore this, I'm a hypocrite for telling people no and ignoring it. I can't bring myself to do that, I respect the people in the community too much for that. The email Messatsu sent asked about "non-profit games", which doesn't exactly leave a lot of wiggle room for statements: mugen is in itself been turned into a game, and there are still plenty of mugen full games that utilize SNK stuff. And no this isn't in thread of some lawsuit or something, it's more a case where what's right is what's right.

 

So to this extent the database will have the SNK sections severed, excluding RotD (SNKP holds no rights to this game or the characters), CvS chars (they were licensed to capcom who has in turn given us permission anyway, so meh), and stuff like Rikard's work which would be insane to block as it'd be pretty much saying "you can't even do SNK shading style! >B)". Yeah.

 

Mine, Rolento's, Helios's, Psicoso's, and ZSabreUser's SNK stuff is gone also. Whether other hostees follow suit is up to them. I'm not going to force my morals onto these folks. And that goes for the rest of the community too: if you take this as law or not is your choice, I'm not going to dictate things for you.

 

On the bright side of it all, at least as Rolento put it RS will be a lot easier to update.

 

March 21, 2007

 

Behold the hard earned reply, and all that good jazz. Oh yeah, you can't call creators thieves anymore for this stuff.

 

The rest of RS will be restored tonight. Hopefully. Should be. Either way thanks for those of you who supported us, and those who threw a tantrum and sent death threats, you may now go ---- yourselves. ;D

 

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Solved that problem, now on to the next.

 

 

@ Axl

 

Let me clear some things up for you my friend. I'm not much of a MUGEN character collector. I have stuff to do, just as you do. And I take time away from that stuff to give a crap about your work. This is how it is. And the same goes for other people. And people would pay a lot more attention to your work if they could actually analyze it for themselves.

 

Not a valid excuse.

 

I have stuff to do, just as you do.

Umm correction, I create stuff, you leech stuff. HUGE difference.

 

But you already knew that, seeing as you apparently know everything about me. Why else would you decide it was a good idea to throw me, and/or any of the other posters that are for this change, in the same boat as every other retard in the MUGEN scene. Maturity for the win yo.

 

No I don't know anything about you, but I know the path you follow by starting a thread like this.

 

To answer your last two sentences, you obviously didn't read my previous post. And for the record, I could care less if this change was implemented or not. There's nothing a good google search can't dig up anyway. This would have just facilitated it and would've allowed us to share between ourselves like a community, further enhancing my point stated above.

 

Um, I clearly read this post and from your view behind it, you can care less and disrespect an authors wishes.

 

The only real reason MUGEN developers leave the scene is because no one gives a crap about their work.

Logic Error!

 

I have been involved in Mugen since 99/2000 because of people like you and threads like this, I seen many leave and go private and when that happens, people like you are the first to complain about it not realizing that people like you are the cause.

Edited by -SyN-

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At the moment it seems that unless you get the author's permission first, you can't distribute it.

 

I think it should be the other way around, that is, it can be distributed unless the author explicitly says otherwise either on his site or by a post in a recognised MUGEN forum.

 

This would take care of sites dying, because the stop notice disappears along with the site. If it was in a forum, it needs to be updated (say) every 3 years or it expires.

 

I'd also insist that every distribution of anything contain full credits to the original author(s), together with any limitations or licences as the author requires.

 

That should keep everyone happy.

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I'm not here trying to cause problems with anyone but my stance as a creator and seeing topics like this isn't pleasant to the eyes of those who hold a creator status.

 

The main reason is that I myself have seen my works distributed outside of my website without my consent for whatever reason and myself being the author, I have the right to stress my materials which I spent my time to create and chose to share meaning released it for download to be made available at my site alone.

 

Not just me but I can name plenty of others who feel the same as I do.

 

As soon as we see the name "warehouse" yep we go into a rant for those warehousers or any that falls in that category can care less about whate we ask, but expect us to continue to create as if they think we make stuff for them, which we dont.

 

We create for ourselves and we decide if we want to openly share our materials with the community.

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The main reason is that I myself have seen my works distributed outside of my website without my consent for whatever reason and myself being the author, I have the right to stress my materials which I spent my time to create and chose to share meaning released it for download to be made available at my site alone.

That is fine, while you still hold an interest in MUGEN. I'm with you 100% that you can control the methods of distribution.

 

But, what happens if you lose interest, die, or whatever. Eventually your site disappears and your stuff is lost to the world because of your previous restrictions.

 

That's where my idea takes over. Because you've lost interest, naturally you no longer care what happens with it.

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But, what happens if you lose interest, die, or whatever. Eventually your site disappears and your stuff is lost to the world because of your previous restrictions.

 

That's where my idea takes over. Because you've lost interest, naturally you no longer care what happens with it.

 

True to a certain extent.

 

I have a good example. Reu.

He recently died due to a boating accident. He created the characters Evil Ken, Evil Ryu and his original character Dragon Claw.

 

All three of those characters are being warehoused. Evil ken and Evil ryu is a different story but Dragon claw is his original creation and believe it or not, its also copyrighted and not made to be distributed outside of his website which is still up btw and operated by his friends from his company Pathos and at a music remix community he was affiliated with.

 

where the stance on that?

 

-edit-

when entering the characters download page, DragonClaw is the only character you will find the phrase below before downloading.

 

Dragon Claw 1.1 WINMUGEN/LINMUGEN (14/03/06)

 

Disclaimer: All downloads are for personal use only. By clicking the following links you agree not to copy, modify, distribute or sell the whole or parts of the files without written permission of the Reuben Kee. This includes hosting of the whole or parts of the file on any other server or the usage of any form of graphics or sound. Should you agree to all these terms, you may download the M.U.G.E.N file. Dragon Claw and all likeness are copyright 2005-2008 Reuben Kee.

Edited by -SyN-

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That's where my idea takes over. Because you've lost interest, naturally you no longer care what happens with it.

 

That's an illogical assumption though. An author leaving doesn't necessarily mean they have lost interest and leaving itself shouldn't automatically relinquish control of their creations to the public domain. Family issues, studies, travel etc. could all account for an absence from the scene- however none of those things should impact the basic rights they have over their work.

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Thats why I said I agree to a certain extent. I seen ppl leave suddenly without leaving a word. Like BlackKnight said, some retired from mugen and moved on as well as real life issues might occur.

 

Regardless, copy written materials or not, Those who create works for mugen still holds that right for their works not to be distributed, modified, etc outside of their sites if they ask for such a thing.

 

Warehousing is definitely something many of us on my end do not condone!

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BK: As long as they update a notice on a MUGEN site every 3 years (that's a lot of time!), he can protect his work. If he doesn't care enough to do that, then he doesn't care about his work either.

 

Syn: The site is still up with the restrictions in place. That is still valid to me. When the site eventually goes under, then the restriction goes as well.

 

Also if someone has copyrighted something with the relevant copyright office, and covering all nations, then obviously the law would cover what happens as well.

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