Often then not, we receive messages and feedback about how MikuDB is illegally publishing albums for free and why are we doing it. There were also some doubters having concerns for the producers, who are hardworking and finding their hard work then goes unrewarded. Should we stop doing what we are doing and move on with other projects?
The reason why I am writing this essay…
Recently, you noticed the website got slower, that is because we are once again facing a lot of DOS attacks, messages full of hate and wishing for us to crash and die. With this, I hope I can clear some doubts surrounding us.
Let me first explain why I believe we are actually helping Vocaloid. From my point of view, there will be always illegal content (let’s call it shortly warez) on the internet of any and everthing. Where there is light, there will also be shadows and that’s it. Because Doujin as a whole is not yet widely popular, there are hardly reliable sources to get the albums. Some of the more popular albums can be found on iTunes, lesser known ones on Bandcamp, or nowhere at all online. This is where the problem starts.
Similiar songs that I purchased. a.k.a iTunes and Bandcamp
Regarding iTunes. So after you found the song you want, searching for it on iTunes is easy. But what if you want to find more Vocaloid music? iTunes is so big, mainstream English music, underground, instrumental, OST, anime music, kpop, diverse languages etc. Going straight to the current problem, there is no market for foreigners that would unite all the Vocaloid works. Bandcamp is a good idea, but it isn’t so united. Each author just has their own page and that’s it. Not the right approach, in my opinion at least.
There are also lots of albums available only via events, physical CDs. If you are some one from far away, there is just no way you can ever obtain those songs. And this is where we come in and continue our work. We want to spread Vocaloid more so everyone knows about them and can get the album they wish for. The Vocaloid fan base contains many young people, young people who aren’t working and cannot afford to purchase and buy albums. I am not trying to defend our actions, but I truly believe by making it easier for people to browse, having them able to download their works, it actually helps the market. Without sites like MikuDB, I would hardly have known that there were composers like livetune, doriko, 40mP and more…
I’m new to Vocaloid
If you are a newbie with Vocaloid, I doubt you can just browse tons of albums available on VocaDB, where you go through the album crossfades, or by browsing YouTube. It is very hard to go through all these to find tracks that you might like. When I started with Vocaloid, there was no MikuDB and the only way to find some pretty good works was via Youtube and NicoVideo. But checking it everyday was really painful and it was more by chance to find a song that I really liked. That’s why my aim at the beginning was to completely transform MikuDB to become a website more accessible for newcomers and regulars, so they can rate it, see the Charts, checking some videos, use our music player to find music suitable for them. Features like these are nowhere to be seen.
People grouped into 3 different categories…
There were also some thoughts about how people are split into 3 categories. One is the kind that would never buy any albums or merchandise even if it would be available for them to purchase (majority). The second kind would be the people who are downloading, but will occassionally purchase albums and lastly, those who only buy the stuff and never download. Yes, we know that and let’s be honest, whose works are not being pirated? Does Warner Brothers or Disney go mad about it? Yes, time to time they ask google to take down a few links, but they will never be able to stop it completely. They know that thanks to piracy, their works are more popular and maybe someone will download let’s say, Iron Man, but they might go to the cinema for Iron Man 2, so on so forth.
What I also believe is that every fan will always try to support their favourite artist by purchasing some of their works as a sign of gratitude and appreciation. That is why we always put the purchase link or at least the official website when we can. I definitely think that thanks to MikuDB, some producers became more famous worldwide outside Japan and their works are reaching more people than they could have without.
If a producer contacts us…
We are also understanding and whenever a producer asks us to take down a link, we do so without hesitation, we value their work. If there would be an iTunes version for all Vocaloid stuff and anime music, then I don’t think it will be necessary to have MikuDB as it is now. Who knows? Maybe we will one day be the pioneers and do it ourselves. There were great examples like Crunchyroll, Fakku and more.
Last but not least…
If you have reached my last lines, it is my opinion concerning this matter and you are always welcome to discuss with us about this matter. Let us hear your opinion.
Thanks for supporting us and defending us.
addition: you can read the old post created by zaku dono few years back here.