Vrmodels store (vrmodels.store) is an online marketplace for 3D models and assets, mainly catering to the VRChat community. The website has been surrounded by controversy regarding copyright infringement and illegally sharing content.
Overview of Vrmodels Store
- Founded in 2018 as a platform to search, download, and upload 3D models and assets
- Mainly focused on avatars and content for the popular social VR platform, VRChat
- Allowed users to easily find and share fan-made 3D models based on copyrighted characters and franchises
- Offered thousands of free and paid 3D models covering avatars, props, worlds, animations, shaders, textures, and more
- Became one of the largest hubs for VRChat avatars before controversies led to its decline
Controversy Around Illegal Sharing
Despite its popularity in the VRChat community, Vrmodels faced backlash for allowing and enabling illegal sharing of copyrighted content:
- Many models were created from assets ripped from commercial games and franchises without permission
- The site refused to properly process DMCA takedown requests according to critics
- Received accusations of intentionally protecting infringing content to profit from it
- Perceived as disrespecting content creators by facilitating access to their pirated works
Several content creators and companies issued DMCA notices against Vrmodels for hosting ripped models and enabling piracy. But the site allegedly used its DMCA form as a “trap” to find infringing content and protect it rather than removing it.
Decline and Closure
The controversies eventually led to Vrmodels’ decline, even as similar sites popped up.
- Lost significant web traffic and users due to negative reputation
- Competing sites like VRCmods arose offering better moderation
- In September 2022, Vrmodels abruptly went offline without explanation
- While no official closure notice was provided, the site has remained inaccessible since
Vrmodels occupied a gray area – while seeking to freely share fan works, it enabled blatant copyright infringement. Its rise and fall highlights the difficulties of moderating and monetizing fan content and communities.
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