Since I couldn’t find an equivalent topic, starting this thread for whatever questions that may come up with TOKYO6’s character usage.
Am I allowed to redesign the character and still use TOKYO6’s character name?
While I’m sure under doujin & non-commercial usage it wouldn’t be a problem as long as I’m not presenting the character in a damaging way; it seems like putting the music up via music distributors (Tunecore, Distrokid, LANDR, etc) counts as commercial?
There’s a part that translates to “digital distribution via subscriptions constitutes commercial use”, so I’m guessing if I don’t use the specific music distribution services they list down I won’t be able to use their names without TOKYO6 permission?
Basically I intend to put my music up for free on Bandcamp while also putting it up on streaming (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) via LANDR. I am unsure if there will be problems if I use the character names in the project. Just the character names, I don’t intend to use the official character designs, let alone the official illustrations.
Which of these options won’t cause issues:
- I use the official name (example, Natsuki Karin) in the song information (title or artist: ft. Natsuki Karin) with my own character design
- I don’t use the official full name (example, KARIN) in the song information, with my own character design, so I’m alluding to TOKYO6’s character
- I use an original name (example, Nikka) in the song information, with my own character design, sidestepping TOKYO6 guidelines entirely
Currently I understand it as: 1 is not possible, 2 might be possible but might cause problems, and 3 is the only way forward that won’t cause issues.
Do let me know if I’m dumb & wrong, like “oh that isn’t commercial”, or “oh nah your translation probably got it wrong”, because that would be great (although I feel like that’s just wishful thinking ).