I’d like to use 3D textures from 3D Warehouse for research purpose. As I’ve seen in the ToS, I need to ask the developers directly, if I want to use the textures for my research, but I didn’t find any contact option on the developers profile, so I’d like to ask, that how can I contact with the developers via the website.
Hi Barry, so can I confirm that currently there is no way of directly contacting the developer of a graphic to gain approval for publishing use?
I am part of a team working on an education app for young people which is commercial in nature. We would like to use some of the graphics from Sketchup Warehouse as 2D images in our application - for education purposes.
We have found the T & C’s and FAQ’s a bit contradictory and confusing. Would be great if you can help gain some clarity
The FAQ you’re referring to attempts to distinguish between the use of models in a Combined Work (See section 7.B.2), which is permissible, and the aggregation and redistribution of models (See section 7.C.5 and 7.C.6) which is not permissible.
With respect to the issue about 3D Warehouse not providing a means of contacting content developers directly, that’s something we’re working on.
I have previously sent an email to the address indicated on the ToU. I haven’t yet received a response and have followed this up today.
When you use the term ‘redistribution’ does this include the use of any graphics from the 3D warehouse? I.e. if we are using the Sketch Up models as 2D graphics within our product. With users unable to edit or directly download specific elements of these graphics.
So to confirm: we are required to gain approval from the developers to use graphics from the 3D warehouse, but currently there is no means to contact them? Can this be done by individual request? e.g. SketchUp can contacts the developer, and the developer has the option of contacting us?
I understand, as per your last message, that I may need to direct these questions to the ToU email address.
I sent an email to check on the status of your inquiry and hope to have a response back from our legal department soon.
Caveat: I’m not a lawyer, so the following is my personal, unofficial response to your question.
If we’re talking about downloading a model from 3D Warehouse, and then redistributing it in its original, unmodified form, that form of redistribution is not allowed by the terms.
The Terms allow users to download 3D models from 3D Warehouse, use them in Creations (in your case, turning the models into 2D graphics would likely constitute a derivative work that fits this definition), and/or include those models in the context of a larger product (defined in the terms as a “Combined Work”).
Only if you were interested in requesting permission for use cases that the Terms do not already allow.
That is correct. 3D Warehouse does not currently provide a feature that would enable users to contact other users directly. In some cases, you may be able to track down a means to contact an author, by looking for information that may be included in their model/collection descriptions, or URL fields. We realize this situation is less than ideal and are working to improve things.
This is not a process that we’re prepared to facilitate at this time.
I would like to use a model from the Warehouse for a patent drawing that is filed with, and later will be published by, the Patent Office. This SketchUp Warehouse model will be modified by me, and will be one of like a dozen drawings in the patent application – is such use allowed?
Hope that helps. let me know if you have other questions.
Warning! Non Lawyer answer! Do not take as legal advice!
Seems to me that your hiding or obscuring the brand identities if you distribute the hidden line style image without the underlying SketchUp model. Without the underlying model, the branding elements aren’t recoverable.
Well, I think that the corresponding passage under “License Restrictions” that reads:
You may not remove, obscure or alter any product identification, proprietary, copyright, trademark or other notices contained in the Model or accessed in conjunction with or through the Model
…means that no product identification, copyright or trademark may be removed if it is a manufacturer’s mark belonging to the creator of the model.
For example, when a furniture manufacturer uploads models of their furniture to the warehouse that are visibly marked with their logo. Then the company has a legitimate interest in ensuring that the logo is not removed or obscured when their furniture models are used in architectural work, for example.
However, the above mountain bike model was not created and uploaded by the manufacturer, but drawn from scratch by a private user. Insofar it is questionable whether the user was even allowed to use the manufacturer logos in the model. On the other hand, since the model has not been created by the manufacturer, the manufacturer also cannot demand that logos remain visible in the model.
Therefore, it seems justifiable and legally conclusive to me that the logos in the model may be hidden if the model is processed and used in other ways.
Hi Mike, I have a similar query surrounding use permission. Some research students I am working with have created two vehicle models based on heavily adapted sketchup files. We have commented to request access from the two creators, but have unfortunately not received responses and are not sure what else we can try.
Simple geometry from the car models has been taken and heavily adapted to fit our research. We want to publish the results in an academic paper (part of a PhD). Are you able to guide us on how we should proceed?
I am running into the same issue as Claire. I want to contact the developers to ask for permission to use 2 models in a figure I’m making for a paper, but there is not even a button to contact people. I commented but have not received an answer so far. Any solution?