Gregory Block, Sonntag, 13. April 2003 11:36:
> On Monday, Apr 7, 2003, at 17:00 Europe/London, Michael Herder wrote:
> > -loading a non-GPL (but "free") model with a GPL app -> legal
> > -converting the same model to a different file format -> illegal
> > (if not permitted by the licence)
> That's strange. Unless the 'free' license does not permit any creation
> of derivative works (i.e., no modifications to the model would be
> permitted in any way) then it would restrict the creation of derived
> works, such as a converted model.
Don't know, whether I understand you correctly: You say, that the creation
of a derived work is allowed in general, if it's not explicitly forbidden by
the license? (I actually thought, it's the other way round)
> However, very few 'free' models (I say very few because I can't think
> of *any* at the moment, but I'm sure someone will prove me wrong)
> prevent derived works; they merely state, generally, that in some cases
> proper credit must be given to the author.
Some excerpts from the licenses included with so-called "free" models:
"Feel free to use this model anywhere you want, I only
ask that, if you use it for any commercial purposes, you
send me an E-Mail letting me know where it was used. I
don't think that's asking too much, do you?
I also ask that, if you distribute it, please distribute
only the original ZIP file which includes this text file."
IMHO the distribution of a converted model (i.e. one in CS format) is not
permitted with such a license.
Or another curious licence:
"This 3dstudio Max model of a Boeing 737-400 comes as is,
use at your own risk. It's not my fault if your disk drive explodes ;-)
You are free to use this model in your own scenes but please don't sell it
Modification permitted or not?