Virtual Gackt Software Maker to Allow Derivative Works
posted on by Egan Loo
The software maker Internet has published the guidelines for fans and artists who want to use its virtual Gackpoid character that is based on the musician and voice actor Gackt. Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura drew the character for an upcoming vocal music synthesizer that uses Gackt's sampled voice. The software maker is allowing derivative works, as long as they are noncommercial and do not adversely impact "public order and morals." However, a special license is required for commercial works, solid or three-dimensional representations, or costumes.
Gackpoid follows in the virtual footsteps of Miku Hatsune, the first popular idol character based on a vocal music synthesizer. However, Miku Hatsune's creator, Crypton, originally published strict usage guidelines that prohibited any unofficial use of its character. Crypton created much online debate when it asked two dōjin groups to halt their unauthorized adventure game based on Miku Hatsune. Crypton eventually allowed the dōjin groups to release their game under a new name, and then changed its guidelines to allow unofficial releases, as long as they did not damage the image of its products.
Source: DTM Magazine