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  In regards to the Copyright Claims and Takedowns:
Posted by: ACE_Spark - Yesterday 12:11 AM - Replies (3)
ACE_Spark

Got this tweeted in from Joseph Collins:

Quote:Hey, @Sprites_Inc, @AWDtwit, @Brelston, and @SumthingDigital... All the #MegaMan copyright claims vanished! Acknowledged or not!

Score one for Sprites INC, and Megaman fans actually getting a company policy to change. MM - Grin

Anyone else suffering these issues have this happen?

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  Livestream Tonight in regards to Christmas Carol's next sequel.
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 19-10-2014 10:52 AM - No Replies
ACE_Spark

If you have any interest in the future of the miniature franchise that is the Christmas Carol games, then be on around 8pm UK Time (3pm Eastern in the US) for a livestream, probably hosted at http://www.livestream.com/acespark

UPDATE: Livestream over. Thanks to all who joined. I'll be making a forum post with the specifics and for people to catch up if needed.

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  Software & Boss Runs page added.
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 15-10-2014 05:23 PM - No Replies
ACE_Spark

Two pages have been added to the Media Room: Software and Boss Runs.
These will be the depository for.. like their labels say.

Added to the Software Page:
* Podcast Player
* PC Alarm

Added to the Boss Run Page:
Official Games
* Megaman 2 (Gameboy)
* Megaman (Game Gear)
* Rockman & Forte: Challenger from the Future (Wonderswan)

Fan Games
* Megaman Christmas Carol Remix Perfect Run
* Megaman Christmas Carol 2 Perfect Run

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  The Erasure of Megaman from Youtube
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 09-10-2014 12:45 AM - Replies (6)
ACE_Spark

[Image: 1_08_10_14_11_33_30.gif]
Alternatively titled, the fourth podcast, "The Erasure Incident".
Long story short? Music companies are starting to take down Megaman videos from Youtube in a manner that violates fair use laws, and the fandom needs to do something about it. Please give us 20 minutes of your time and check out the podcast, which is linked above.

We at INC are amongst a legion of fans who rely on the Fair Use Doctrine to make our projects without having to worry about legal and copyright backlash.
This also gives us the peace of mind that our content won't be taken down or steamrolled by CEOs with axes to grind. The Fair Use Doctrine is really the only legal clause of the US Copyright Act that allows us to do these sorts of things (fangames, remixes, LPs, reviews, etc.), and without it we'd all probably be in a heap of legal trouble.
These three companies, from what we've experienced and seen, are claiming Megaman and other copyrights as their own and issuing take-downs and monetizations to both thin the fanwork herd and make an extra few bucks. This is a problem in and of itself, but they're also sidestepping Capcom, WHOM HAVE PUBLICLY STATED THAT THEY ARE NOT DOING THIS AND WANT NOTHING OF THIS SORT TO HAPPEN, in order to do this. So basically, you have three companies claiming copyrights that weren't theirs to begin with, issuing legal takedowns of anything relating to it that they deem unfit, sidestepping the companies they're supposed to represent, and by destroying information of the series are indirectly hurting potential sales figures on Capcom's part by eliminating word-of-mouth and free advertising.

The mere claiming of copyright isn't the crux of the issue here either, it's the fact that these Music Companies are either blocking videos by country or outright taking down these legitimate videos.

Contact Capcom:
Twitter user @Brelston seems to be the current guy in charge of the Megaman section at Capcom Unity, so he might be the best person to contact.

Contact the guys behind the Megaman CDs:
Here.

Again, we aren't here to place blame on Capcom, because it is not Capcom doing this. I must stress this if you choose to contact them.

These are the music companies in question:
Universal Music Group
Merlin Network

A mistake on my part mis-intentifies a dead music group, Shock, as one of the claimants, in fact the music group in question is Phonofile
My apologies for this, as I was going off reports from fans and messages I've received, and named the wrong group. I've only noticed this after the podcast has been recorded, and yet again, you have my deep apologies for a mistake like this.
The real third music group can be found here:
Phonofile Music Group

Feel free to re-post the podcast where-ever you can. I am getting a Youtube ready video version of the podcast ready and should be done with that shortly.

For those wondering about evidence, what else can we give other than, "Yes I have had to deal with these copyright claims myself." and "People have been reporting to me on Youtube that their videos are getting taken down." Often to keep accounts in good standing on Youtube, videos taken down are often deleted by the uploader. It's a sad case of affairs all around really.

Download Podcast:
Here - 12meg
Download Video Format of Podcast:
Here - 40meg

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  Archive Upgrade Update
Posted by: Rhythm - 08-10-2014 09:35 PM - No Replies
Rhythm

Hey guys. So unless you've ventured into DeadChat over the past couple of weeks, you're probably wondering "what the heck is going on with some of the Classic section sprites?" Well time to fill you in.

We're attempting to complete Ace's idea of full integration of the archives with the forum. Where you can see and access Forum stuffs while browsing through some of the sprites. Or quickly access some sprites from the forum. Just basic integration overall. Well this too comes with a bit of redesign to match the new layout of the forum.

So as of right now, all of the Classic Main Characters have their own pages set up, as well as some of the games. I hope to have the entire Classic section fully upgraded with the new design by the end of the weekend. This will allow us to change over the Classic Home Page to the new design!

Once these are set up, I would appreciate any mislinks or bad links sent my way so that I can ensure the best possible experience using the archive. Once Classic is done, I will migrate over to the X section and try to get all of that fun sorted out!

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  Archive Update - X1
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 06-10-2014 12:16 PM - No Replies
ACE_Spark

Following has been added to the archive:

Classic Series
Rockman and Forte 2: Challenger from the Future
* Two enemies added to the enemy sheet. (me)

X Series
Megaman X1
* Misc Game Objects page is back up with additions, yay.
To wit, following added:
* Explosions and other effects added. (Me, and DarkSamus993)
* Items added. (me)
* General game items. (me)
* Cars added. (Unknown ripper)
Weapons
* X-Buster has "reflected" frames added.
* Hadoken has "reflected" frames added. (Thanks Qarabe!)
* Fire-Wave has been tile-ripped. (me)
Enemies
* Slide Cannon re-ripped and has been added to the re-rip section. (me)

Additionally various sheets from various sections have been moved to their correct locations.

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  Podcast 3 - Lamda's thoughts on Megaman Design
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 02-10-2014 08:05 PM - No Replies
ACE_Spark

Another Podcast has been added to the media room, this time forum member Lamda Bamda giving his thoughts on Megaman Design, in story aspects, game designs, and all sorts.

Get it here:

Download - 40meg

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  Archive Update - Cameos, Backgrounds, and Super Fighting Robot, Rubberman!
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 01-10-2014 05:21 PM - No Replies
ACE_Spark

Quite a few nifty things this time round, some obscure stuff, and DarkSamus993 has finished ripping the backgrounds from Mega Man X!

And I think we've finally got a complete sheet of the 32bit (MM8 & MM&Bass) Megaman at long last.

Classic Series
Megaman
* Special Weapon frames from Megaman 8 added to 32bit Megaman sheet.
* Additionally, missing frames from Megaman 8 and Megaman and Bass added. (me)

Wily Wars
* Unused Protoman sprite found and added. (me)

Capcom World GB
* Cameo bosses, the world map and misc added. (me)


X Series
Megaman X1
* Armored Armadillo's , Flame Mammoth's, Launch Octopus', Spark Mandrill's and Storm Eagle's stages added to the background section. (Cheers DarkSamus993!)

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  Archive Update: X3 Enemies, and More Megaman Poses
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 28-09-2014 01:21 PM - No Replies
ACE_Spark

The X section is in a bit of a state isn't it? Let's do something about that.
The following has been re-ripped/updated in the archive. Unless otherwise noted, this is stuff I'm ripping.

Classic Series
Megaman
* Special Weapon frames from Megaman & Bass added to 32bit Megaman sheet.
*We've also given this section a new look, tell us what you think!

X Series
Megaman X2
* Bubble Crab's sheet has been updated with his projectiles.

Megaman X3
* Following enemies have been re-ripped: Blady, Caterkiller, Earth Commander, Meta Capsule, Walker Cannon, Head Gunner (both types), Helit, Notorbanger, Victoroid (both types compiled into one sheet) & Wall Cancer.
* Following Sub-Bosses have been re-ripped: Carry Arm, Genjibo, Rex 2000.
* Missing frames and pieces have been added to Blast Hornet's sheet.
* Items have been ripped.
* Various things have been moved about, such as Spy Copters going into Misc, and Carry Arm being put into Sub-Bosses. Main bosses have also been split up.
* X3 section has been updated to match the new look of the site.

This update may be.. well. updated, as I rip enemies from X3 as I go along.

EDIT: Since the redesign is ongoing, and one of the biggest pages on the site is currently dead in the water whilst this is happening (mainly, Megaman's page), have a placeholder link to tide you over till that section is finished:
And we've got a redesign done for one of the characters.. of several. Yay. Have a bonus rip from Megaman and Bass, as noted up there.

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  Hanayashiki Xtreme
Posted by: ACE_Spark - 21-09-2014 12:13 AM - Replies (3)
ACE_Spark

So.. there's a Megaman event going on at a Japanese theme park that has original sprites. Neat.

I got bored, and redrew them. So, update then, it's a small one.

Classic Series
Hanayashiki
* Megaman sprites re-drawn from this event, except for Wily riding the goose. (Currently by me, but i'll check later if someone has done a more accurate version.)
If anyone has a clearer image of said Wily riding said goose, that'd be great.

X Series
X
* Missing frames added to the Xtreme sheet. Xtreme sheet also recoloured to the correct colour palette. I'll check out the Armour sheets later. (me)

Xtreme
* Couple of enemies re-ripped.
* Bo-Spider and Serges re-ripped. (me)

Xtreme 2
* Stage Select ripped. (me)

Not much of an update sure, but I thought the Hanayashiki sprites were weird enough by themselves. MM - Sigh

And yes, from the images I've seen, the Yellow Devil really is as wonky as it looks there.

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