Hi. First of all, I’d just like to say that I’ve read the Terms of Service and the General Model License multiple times, as well as many forum conversations. I would appreciate please if also people didn’t tell me to go and consult my lawyer, because the things said in the documents are inherently ambiguous if not outright contradictory. Sorry for the rude intro, but I would just like things clarified.
I know that when a user, or (“developer”) uploads a model the terms describing the rights and license of both Trimble and another user who uses that model are identical insofar as both:
have a royalty-free license to download, reproduce, adapt, make derivative works based on, modify, publish, publicly display and perform, distribute, make, sell, offer to sell, import and use the model within the conditions set out in the paragraphs that follow.
Specifically I’m wondering what the meaning under Google Geolocated Models implies. It first says:
“you are only licensed to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, distribute and use such Model” BUT “and you shall not use or incorporate such Model in any application, product, service, database or repository.”
How is it then that Geolocated Models can be used? Is it the case that after Google slaps their name at the base of the model that Google precludes someone from using that model in, for example a video game? If so, how does this happen? Does it also preclude the original uploader, who is the original creator? If not, what’s the difference? I thought I have the same General Model License to modify and use the uploader’s model. Is Section 2(i) related to this when it talks about removing or obscuring identification or logo?
“Rights granted to other end users of the Services. You give other end users of the Services a perpetual, sublicensable, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute Existing Geolocated Models, Existing Non-Geolocated Models, New Models and related content and derivative works thereof which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”
I don’t think this is a case of being literate in contract law, I think this is just a case of being inherently abstruse. I want to use models in my game and just want to know if Google will sue me or not. If you’re still reading, thank you.