Lately there's been confusion over the readme notes on models that come with both an English & Japanese version having different rules/conditions in them.
You're probably thinking it's not fair that the Japanese version has more freedom with editing models than the English one. Then there's this assumption that Japanese modellers are racist. This is not the case. It is merely a misunderstanding and I'll explain it here.
When overseas users break the MMD rules it's hard for the Japanese modellers to handle it because there is a language barrier. It's very difficult for a modeller to talk to the culprit when they both come from a different culture. It's a huge burden for them to go through a language obstacle just to reason with someone who can't speak the same language as them, let alone try to resolve a situation where rules have been violated. On the other hand, when the culprit and modeller are both Japanese, it's easy to resolve because both people are from the same culture so there's an understanding when they address the problem. Therefore it's only fair the modellers have stricter rules on the English readme because this is the only way they can protect their works when it happens overseas.
When modellers have an English AND Japanese readme notes, it's expected that we, the overseas MMD users follow the English readme, not the Japanese one.
The Japanese one contains additional rules and conditions. For example, it contains instructions on how to edit models, so it isn't the issue of who edits but how it's edited. These are lost in translation when you use Google Translate (and personally I hate using it because it's inaccurate 40% of the time). It doesn't matter if you know how to edit stuff properly or "correctly" (google translate will not suffice), if you cannot understand Japanese at an academic level (newspapers, academic articles etc in Japanese), please refrain from editing them.
Below are some of the Hetalia Modellers who have this rule:
Hanaoka - Germany, Prussia, Austria, France
Usapon - Fem!England
mkmknoHito - Old Fritz, Hungary, Mini Prussia, Mini Germany, Mini England
Q_Ku - Maria Theresa, Fem!Austria, various clothing kits (Q_Ku has informed me that you should not be using her kits because it leads to editing Hana's models which is forbidden to edit).
In addition, some modellers don't like people using their models in Fujoshi-influenced/Yaoi material. According to NononoP's journal, most Japanese modellers don't know how to write this particular rule in the english readme. In the Japanese readme it would be written "腐表現", "BL表現" or "同性愛表現". (NononoP's journal is found here: [link]
. For full information regarding the No Yaoi rule, look here: [link]
These artists work very hard to make models of this quality (6 months to even over a year) and share their work with the community without asking anything in return, only that you follow the rules. This is all they ask of you and it gives them a piece of mind that their work and time is appreciated. 6 months or more is just making the model alone. Artists go to school or college to learn these modelling skills, others are hobbyists and use their spare time to learn which take even longer. Whatever the case, they took their free time making them and we owe them for that. It's lucky enough they allow people overseas to use their models in MMD or else they would have given an IP block for all models. Please do not argue with them, it only makes it worse with the language barrier. It's no use talking to them using google translate because it doesn't make sense. This is their work and they have the right to put whatever rules they feel fit with their model. The worse thing you can do is redistributing and "trading" the models. Not only is it a violation, it also causes mistrust among the community and further problems.
MikuMikuDance was created so like-minded people can have fun with 3D animation. MMD would be nothing if it weren't for these devoted artists. Please, follow the rules and most importantly, have fun! If you need to ask about the MMD rules or anything, feel free to contact me.
P.S It's great people understand the rules better after reading this journal. Please ask as many questions as you want if you're not sure, I'm happy to help.
For further information about the rules of each individual modeller/model, read MikuMikuTalia's "Modeller rules & info" note here:[link]
For further reading on the rules itself, read the journal here: [link]