Hi, I just want to check something. I am using certain models downloaded from Warehouse as elements in a ‘work-for-hire’ comic book I am drawing. The models used are mostly vehicles and the odd hard-to-draw background element like stairs in perspective. They only feature in a handful of pages throughout the book.
Basically I use the model then draw over it in pencil, making any modifications I need.
I have purchased a Pro License.
I believe my use falls within the permitted use in the General Model License
“Incorporating or including Models and Creations into a larger work or a deliverable for a third party (“Combined Work”), provided that the Combined Work includes substantial additional content to the original Model;”
I cross-checked this with a few other sources-
The Sketchup FAQ says this:
“As a professional designer, I get paid to create deliverables such as SketchUp models that contain objects I downloaded from 3D Warehouse. Is that OK?
And @MikeWayzovski helpfully wrote this:
With the Pro version comes two separate programs which could be very usefull for artists : LayOut for 2D output and StyleBuilder for using your own handdrawn strokes( (edges are replaced by strokes)
Check : http://www.sketchupartists.org/39
If you use a model from 3D warehouse, you might wanna leave a comment or contact the owner, they already agreed with the TOS, but it’s a nice letting them know."
I think I am on safe ground here. But would be happy for feedback. I am obviously cognizant that most people on here aren’t lawyers (thank heavens!) so the usual caveats apply. But it would be helpful to know if my interpretation is not completely off-base here.
I am happy to leave thank yous on the profiles of the super-talented people whose models I used. I am also happy to flag with my editor where I have used the models and to make clear I don’t own the original IP for certain vehicles, furniture etc. in the book.