the licensing project


Nukeme, Fashion Designer

Latest episode from toco toco web documentry series on Japanese creatives looks at artist who explores glitches in fashion making, as well as a little tour of independent fashion spaces:

Nukeme is a fashion designer based in Tokyo. He works on various creative projects, that recently include a collaboration with Urusei Yatsura license and other projects leveraging new technologies. His latest creations feature glitch art, that he creates by hacking into embroidery software, which generates a random aspect to his works.

First we will follow Nukeme to Hayatochiri, a select shop located in the Koenji area, whose owner, Goto is also a creator himself. The store features unique creations made by young local designers, and it was the first to feature Nukeme’s work eight years ago. The store’s walls are fully decorated with manga pages, so the store’s visitors can also enjoy some reading while browsing through its wares.

Our second stop will be at House@Mikiri Hasshn, a store and gallery space located in Omotesando area. The store combines original fashion creations from Japanese creators, vintage clothes and a gallery space located in the basement. We will have a peek into the current exhibition, Korisho, featuring items that combine traditional Japanese craftsmanship with new technology, such as laser cutting. Its peculiar interior combined with its concept make the store one of Nukeme’s favorite spots in Tokyo.

Lastly, we will head to Nukeme’s atelier, where he will tell us about his work inspiration and creations, some of which involve a unique use of 3D printing… 

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anonymous asked:

Since you are an awesome freedom artist, do you create your own fonts or find impactful fonts (that are license free) that you used for your recent works? If possible, what do you suggest to find a bunch of interesting fonts online and what sort of fonts you used right now?

Getting Fonts with Free License

Using free-licensed fonts is indeed very important for individual artists, as commercial font royalties are often calculated by letters and can be extremely expensive. Fonts that come with proprietary operation systems — like Microsoft Windows and Apple OS — are, most likely, also proprietary. You cannot use these fonts to publish your work without paying the license fee, otherwise the owner of the font can sue you for that.

What’s a Free Font?

Free and open-souce fonts are often licensed using SIL Open Font License, sometimes referred to as SIL or OFL. These fonts are free to use, study, modify and distribute. A full list of various of free font licenses (from Open Font Library):

There are 4 primary sources from which I get my free fonts:

1. From the repository of a GNU/Linux distribution

Most GNU/Linux distributions hold a number of basic free fonts that are easy to read, which resembles to those preinstalled in MS Windows. If you are not using GNU/Linux, you can still download them from their websites. I use the following ones more often:

  • Liberation fonts (Libreoffice’s default font, good for document)
  • DejaVu fonts (arguably the most widely used free font, good for on screen display)
  • Droid (Once the default font of Android)

2. From Google Fonts

Google maintains a large repository of free and open source fonts. It has a very friendly interface that allows you to type whatever preview text and set the font size you want. It helps you in using those fonts on your website as well.

Visit Google Fonts (License page)

If you are using Ubuntu or its derivatives, you can use TypeCatcher to make font searching and installing from Google Fonts much easier.

How to install TypeCatcher (Launchpad PPA)

3. From Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel hosts a large number of fonts that free for commercial use, which are not necessarily free-licensed. However, the website has a filter to shows only those fonts with OFL/Apache license.

Visit Font Squirrel (OFL/Apache fonts only)

4. Open Font Library

Open Font Library also hosts a large number of free fonts but the interface is funny so it’s not very easy to find what you want there.

Visit Open Font Library

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Thank you all! You guys are amazing and I love you.

It’s been now a little over a week since the game’s release.

I couldn’t sleep during the first night after the release. I was anticipating the worst, that the game was shit, no one likes it, or it has huge game breaking bugs. But in the morning I was able to relax after reading peoples comments and seeing them being excited about the game. Yay, I didn’t fuck up!

In general I’m really happy and surprised for the positive reception. The game isn’t perfect, and it shouldn’t be. It’s my first game (well, first where I worked alone) and I started it as a “practice project” for my other project. I really appreciate all the critique you guys have given me! Some of the things I knew people wouldn’t like or would find problematic, but some things I hadn’t even thought about! Really helps me when I’m working with future stuff. And one of the biggest help with feedback has been watching people’s let’s plays! Seeing how they react to certain things and how they see the world and the story helps me figure out what worked well and what didn’t, even when players don’t realize it themselves.

But most of all I’m happy how people seem to like the story, since that was the main reason I wanted to create this game. It’s a small story with important message I wanted to tell. I could have done better with some of the scenes and the dialogue, but otherwise I’m happy how it turned out.

But yeah that’s for the “feelings!” part. So what’s happening next?

I will do an updated version of the game where I will fix some minor issues and maybe add a little more sound effects and otherwise polish the game. I can’t say when this will be done, but hopefully soon.

I was also approached for a possible Spanish translation of the game. So that is going to happen. If you are interested in translating the game for another language, send me a message.

I probably won’t be making any more Imaginary Friends related posts here. Of course I will keep answering your asks and maybe occasionally drawing something small, but since the game’s out, I have nothing really to update about it :D (Maybe we’ll do a Q&A similar to ones we did years back)  But for now I’m starting to focus on my next project. I’ve actually started working on it already since i don’t have any other life. I don’t know when I’m going to reveal it though, I could either show it you guys right now, or I could wait a little bit longer until I have some gameplay to show. I’ll think about it.

But hey. BIG Thank you for playing the game and leaving feedback! And special thank you for those who have donated money in, I really appreciate it. All that money is going towards my future projects (software licenses for start). And a very very very special thank you to all who have been following the development of Imaginary Friends and been supporting me these two years. Thank you <3

kanzen--kankaku-dreamer  asked:

hi mad, i really love sakana but i saw that you didn´t update it for a while now..i already read some comics that just stopped..will you update it soon? I miss Yuudai and Tai so much :T

I have literally generated (penciled, inked, sometimes writing and lettering) over 300 comic pages in the past year for professional licensed projects. I’m…a little busy these days :I

That being said, I just completed work on the most recent Adventure Time miniseries I was involved with, and haven’t been contracted for another large project YET. There are a few things that may or may not happen with Sakana in the next few months, but SOMETHING will happen with it, and I’ll be able to talk about it once I know for sure. 

Just know that IT WILL CONTINUE IN SOME FORM in the next few months. Thanks a bunch for reading and enjoying, and just know that I WILL find an avenue to finish this comic. One way or another. 

[masssterchief] AKB48 Team 8 Driver's License Acquisition Project #1 English Sub

Disclaimer: Because it’s a one-man project, this is not perfect. Please understand if I made a mistake and please tell me if I made a mistake so that the next release will be better. Thank you!

4 members of Team 8 will go on a journey to acquire their driver’s license! They are Ota Nao (Kyoto), Oda Erina (Kanagawa), Sato Shiori (Niigata) and Shimizu Maria (Gunma). This series also features Oguri Yui (Tokyo) as the narrator. But can they do it? Watch this series to find out!

Hardsub / Stream: Here



Check out this link for more subbed videos! : Here

Not all my restaurant co-workers are college dropouts, and none are failures. Many have bachelor’s degrees; others have real estate licenses, freelancing projects or extraordinary musical and artistic abilities. Others are nontraditional students, having entered the work force before attending college and making the wise decision not to “find themselves” and come out with $40,000 in debt, at 4.6 percent interest. Most of them are parents who have bought homes, raised children and made financial investments off their modest incomes. They are some of the kindest, hardest-working people I know, and after three years alongside them, I find it difficult to tell my students to avoid being like them.
—  From a brilliant New York Times op-ed about the “shame” of blue collar work. The essay is by a Las Vegas college professor who makes more money waiting tables than at her university job.

anonymous asked:

To follow up the other anon. THe book in question is the Book of Erotic Fantasy. It was made under the Open Gaming License by Velar Project, Inc. It was made with the 3.5 system in mind but can be used for other systems. In addition to what they said it also has information about how different species reproduce and find mates. I have never really seen it used anywhere though. Unless your players really want a XXX campaign. Usually you'll only get useful tidbits for sex in your world.

Damn a lot of you guys seem to know this book, I got like 15 messages bout it. Personally I have never heard of it before. I gave it a good look and there is a damn lot of information. Some weird stuff, as expected but yeah. 

Cool beans…

@fyeahcopyright Reacts to the REACT Trademark Application

Last night,​ @edwardspoonhands posted a piece on Medium about @thefinebros​ and the ongoing kerfluffle about their “ownership” of “REACT”; Hank updated his piece overnight, but it still both oversimplifies and overcomplicates trademark law in the way not uncommon to most intelligent people who haven’t practiced trademark law for years (i.e. the analogy to Burger King is great and the note that trademark law isn’t the same as copyright law is an important one but the distinction between descriptive and generic marks is skirted over, even though it could impact what rights the Fine Bros own). 

However, we have (well, @heidi8​ has) practiced trademark law since literally the 1990s, and we want to get in the weeds, look for the seeds of the Fine Brothers’ misdeeds - or, more possibly, the absolute incomprehension of YouTube by their lawyers. 

Someone told Hank this at some point, but it’s not accurate. 

Trademark rights in the US are accrued by use, not by registration. Absent some very limited exceptions, a person/business/nonprofit/team/organization/family (hereinafter “Entity”) starts to develop rights in a trademark as soon as they start to use it (commercially, which is defined very broadly), but when the word is not a coined term, those rights are tied directly to the types of goods or services or serieses (hereinafter, “Stuff”) on which that mark is used. 

In other words, APPLE can be one company’s trademark in connection with computers and another company’s trademark in connection with music, and both of them can put it on t-shirts and pens and stuffed animals as long as the logos aren’t the same, and there won’t be any conflict (until the computer company wants to start selling music). 

The concern for the courts and the trademark office is Likelihood of Confusion, and there are tests to determine if a junior user is likely to be confused with a senior user. There are a lot of things the courts look to, including the overlap between the parties’ Stuff and their distribution channels, and even the number of similar marks in use on similar Stuff. 

PTO and court policy states that if you’re using a dictionary word in connection with a filmed series or a book series, you have to specify the theme of the series - with @thefinebros did in their PTO applications. They already have registrations for three marks containing the term REACT, and a bunch more are publishing tomorrow, which means that anyone can file a petition to oppose the registration, which an attorney has already said he plans to do, on the grounds that REACT is generic (though I hope he argues in the alternative that it’s descriptive of the Stuff). 

Why does it matter whether REACT describes “a series of programs in the field of observing and interviewing various groups of people”? 

Because the USPTO does not allow registrations of marks that are descriptive of the Stuff that they are used commercially with without a showing that the mark has acquired distinctiveness. The word “react” describes the content of the programs - they show people reacting to things. 

A claim of acquired distinctiveness generally required the claimant has been the sole and exclusive user of it, advertised it extensively, etc., because they have to show that “the primary significance of the term in the minds of the consuming public is not the product but the producer”. In other words, when people hear “a react video” do they think of The Fine Brothers and/or their designees, or do they think of any video where someone is reacting to something? 

If you weren’t the senior user of it in the first place, and others have used it before you and while you’ve been using it, and it’s very descriptive, it takes a lot of effort to say that secondary meaning has attached to it in connection with that specific Stuff

But not necessarily for all Stuff. Is REACT descriptive for candy? Nope, and it’s likely they’d be able to get and keep a registration for REACT in connection with candy, t-shirts, mouse pads, swords, and probably even cameras and microphones. 

Is their distinctive REACT logo that they use on YouTube & elsewhere descriptive, design-wise, of the Stuff? Again, no - so they would probably be able to get and keep a trademark registration for the Design Mark REACT, as long as they stated to the PTO that they don’t claim exclusive rights to the word, just to the logo. 

Those are neat ways to protect a brand that you’re building while not trying to restrict those who are using it descriptively or decoratively, or on unrelated goods and services. Start using it on merchandise like candy or shirts or stuffed microphones or camera-pillows, and protect the logo so people know that it’s MY THING unless it has that logo on it. 

If a mark is generic for specific Stuff, btw, nobody can register it and secondary meaning cannot develop. But again, a mark is only generic for specific Stuff, like “apple” is generic for the fruit, but not generic for computers or music companies. 

What puzzles me about this is, why did they suddenly announce their licensing project right before their current applications publish? As I noted above, anyone who believes they may be damaged by a registration - including anyone who may ever want to create a video of people reacting to things and use the term “react” in connection with it - can file to oppose a registration; you have to file papers with the PTO and there’s a fee, and the process can take over a year to move through the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, but if you win, the mark doesn’t register - which doesn’t mean they can’t use it because rights-by-use-not-registration - but it does prevent them from getting the benefits of registration. 

Even if they aren’t trying to prevent everyone from using the word “react” - and no, they don’t have the law on their side if that’s what they are trying to do - why did they put their pending applications at risk like this by shouting about it? Is it because they can now claim secondary meaning more easily than they could in, say, September of 2015? 

Fwiw, the marks that they have already registered, including KIDS REACT, TEENS REACT and ELDERS REACT, haven’t been registered for five years yet, and thus anyone who believes they may be damaged by the ongoing registration of those marks can petition the PTO to cancel those registrations on the grounds that the marks are descriptive of the Stuff; again, small fee, pleadings filed with PTO, will take over a year through the TTAB. 

But, still. 

And that’s not even as significant as the hundreds of thousands of subscribers they’ve hemorrhaged over the last few days. 

Will this situation make them rethink their licensing plans, and switch to protecting their Stuff by using their marks on merch? 

We’ll see, and I am sure that we will react.