Will I regret writing about this? Probably.
So as most of you know I've been running this MMD downloads blog for some time now for Vocaloid and UTAU models. I have left the comment function on, so that users have been able to comment on the posts I've made. So far I've gotten very few comments (I mean Blogger is not exactly tumblr) and the majority of them have just been telling me that some model have ended distribution. I'm very grateful for those comments because it's not like I check my own posts that often...
Anyways. A few days ago a user commented on a post I'd made many months ago where I feature Kagamine Rin/Len by Mogra. According to this user I'm not allowed to feature those models on my blog, as they can only be used on niconico douga/seiga. I thought this seemed strange so I download the models to read through the readme, and actually the commenter is not completely wrong. In the readme (even in the English version) it says:
"Do not uplode your works with this MMD model data on any websites except NICOVIDEO or NICONICO DOUGA and NICONICO SEIGA"
Ok but here comes the tricky part... What exactly do we define as a "work"? Do we define that's it's simply any representation of the model what so ever (like even a picture of Len's foot zoomed-in would be considered a work) or do we define it more as artwork. For example a nice-looking picture where Len is sitting under an oak-tree where a stage, MME and other effects have been used to actually make something artistically pleasing? I notice also that Mogra write "your work" in the readme, which points to it being something that I've made myself right? Is just showing a picture of someone else's model still considered to be "my work"?
Different people will give different answers to this question. On my blog, I simply render the models using already pre-made poses and do not use any kind of MME, background or stage (and no post-editing in photoshop or similar progam). The meaning of the picture is simply to show the model in full-body view so people will know what the model looks like. It's not meant to be some kind of art.
However, some people might still argue (just like the example above) that any picture or video what so ever using that model can't be uploaded outside of niconico. So I looked it up to see whether this model actually have been used in some other location, and I found it.
Misakiru, for those that do now know, is a Japanese blog where models for download are featured (much like my blog except they feature all kinds of different models and not just Vocaloid/UTAU). This blog is probably the biggest MMD model downloads blog in Japan and have been around for ages. They are not exactly a "breaking rules" kind of blog and as you can see they have uploaded pictures of Miku, Rin, Len and Luka made by Mogra. Just the same like I did.
So I'm just gonna go ahead and assume here that uploading pictures of those models, as long as it's not for artistic purposes, is fine to do even outside of niconico. And that's all I have to say about the matter.
I don't really know what kind of comments I'll get as a response to this journal, but I hope you all understand my reasoning and that I'll not be deleting the Mogra posts from my blog.