Mmm, I think there may be a different way of looking at this but to see it one might need to go back in time a little, to maybe a year or so ago…
Back then there were only two systems, one based around the free Facer Creator and the other I guess being what one might call the premium Facer Creator. The free version allowed anyone, for free obviously, to make, share and download faces that had a minimum set of features. The other version contained premium Facer features that produced faces that were only available via subscription or by individual purchase. If one wanted to sync a face that had these premium features one had to, not surprisingly, pay a premium. Now, the only people who had access to those premium features to make faces were the Creative Partners. No-one else, not even if you paid. No one else could get access to those features to make a face.
Not surprisingly, this would have been seen by some ( maybe many ) as not fair.
So, then we have the modified system …
Now anyone, for a price, can get access to the premium features of Facer and fully enjoy the creative potential of the Facer platform. A great win for people who wanted those features to make faces. in addition, not only can people sync premium faces made by just a few, they can sync from many more designers who want to share their premium faces.
But, and this is a big but, the features are premium, the faces that are produced contain those features and are therefore premium. And to get access to other peoples premium faces you still have to pay for that privilege. Of course. They are and remain premium features only available to people who pay to get access to them.
So the other way of looking at this is …
Creator Pro is there for people who want access to premium features to make wonderful feature rich faces for themselves. If they want to share them, fair enough, but there is neither requirement nor financial incentive for them to do so. It is there choice. Having that choice, to share or not to share, is not a negative. The alternative would be to say, you can pay to access premium features, create feature rich faces for yourself but no, you can not share them.
So, you might consider this:
Which is better, the old system, with no ability to create faces with premium features or the new, where people are free to choose to pay for access to those features and to share or not share the result as they want?
No-one is forced to subscribe to Creator Pro. If one wants access to the full feature set then one can get it. If people don’t want the features or do not want to pay for them then they do not have to and can still enjoy and be part of the totally free standard Facer community.
For me, I think this was a great positive innovation for the community.