arbaro theft?

MajorHealy
2005-08-14
2013-04-23
  • MajorHealy
    MajorHealy
    2005-08-14

    Maybe I'm wrong, but it looks as if someone has exported, textured and rendered some arbaro trees (straight out of the provided samples, no less) and are selling them for $20 US... see here:

    http://www.daz3d.com/shop.php?op=itemdetails&item=3381

    Not sure if this can be construed as a violation of the licensing, but the least they could have done is credited your work...

     
    • CurtJ
      CurtJ
      2008-08-19

      I think you're right - the contents are listed as:

      15 Trees in OBJ format

          * Aspen
          * Black Tupelo
          * California Black Oak
          * Cottonwood
          * Desert Tree
          * Fan Palm
          * Fir 1
          * Fir 2
          * Lombardy Poplar
          * Ornamental Asparagus
          * Palm
          * Royal Fern
          * Shavegrass
          * Tamarak
          * Weeping Willow

      If anyone's interested these are being distributed by Vic Haynes graphics http://www.vichaynes.com/

      Even if this isn't a violation of the licence, it's a big rip off in my opinion - I hope nobody's bought into it. It's like selling blank word documents.

       
  • Tilman Sommer
    Tilman Sommer
    2011-07-26

    Since the software is under the GPL and since the tree files are part of the software, I would think the GPL license also applies to the original tree files.

    However, the person is selling the OBJ files, something exported by the software and not part of the original software. Therefore I would think this is not a violation of the license. However, it speaks clearly against that person's work ethics - or that person must be pretty desparate or uncreative…  ;)

     
  • According to GNU.org's take on GPL output, he seems entirely within his right to do this. It's still highly unethical, and no one would be well served by buying these assets.