I see you have a model that is just what I need for my new film, print advertisement, or game. What restrictions are there on my usage? Our goal is to allow you the most possible flexibility in using purchased models while protecting the interests of the model's creator and the model's future sales. Accordingly, when you are publishing, selling, or otherwise distributing your final product you cannot distribute the purchased model in a file format that is usable by any 3D application. The purchased model has to be incorporated into your final product in a way that the end user of it cannot access the purchased model itself. For example, you should publish your final product in a proprietary, native file format so that the users of your final product cannot access the model by itself. You must not distribute with your final product a folder (for example a .zip file) that includes the purchased models by themselves.
Can I use this 3d model even though it has a real company’s logo or other third-party design? Although commercial use is within the scope of the Standard license (authorized by the artist), you must still keep in mind whether the content features renditions of third-party intellectual property (“IP”), such as real business’s logo or other third-party-protected design. For example, a 3d rendition of a vehicle may include a real-world manufacturer’s logo or other protected ornamental designs in the geometry.
If a 3d model has third-party IP, it may only be used with that IP for Editorial purposes, i.e., in news/for journalistic purposes. To use such third-party material beyond Editorial purposes, you must have third-party clearance.
Are the usage rights for a 3D models and products ever different than the Standard Royalty Free license? Yes. There is the Editorial Royalty Free License, and less commonly the Custom License option. The type of license is indicated in the product page and shopping cart, and there are notifications when you add content to your shopping cart that has a different license than the Standard Royalty Free License. Custom Licenses are typically much more restrictive than the Standard Royalty Free License. Software typically has its own license.
Do I have to pay royalties to the creator of purchased products every time my final product, which includes the creator's product, is distributed? No. All royalties are paid at the time of purchase for Royalty Free products. After making the royalty payment with your purchase, you obtain the perpetual usage rights for the product royalty-free. However, your purchase is bound by the other restrictions for product use and does not include the right to transfer the ownership of the product to someone else, resell the product or publish it in any format that is usable by a 3D application. Please see all the other answers in this FAQ and our EULA for more details on the permitted usage of purchased products. Note that Custom Licenses may place additional restrictions and you must review any Custom License to answer those questions.
Can I buy a model from TurboSquid under the Standard Royalty Free License, then use it to render out imagery for use anywhere within a book, poster, t-shirt or other items for sale commercially? Yes. The rendered image in these cases does not constitute redistribution of the product in a prohibited manner. Public display and performance rights are standard to the default license agreement between vendors and rights purchasers.
Can I purchase a model from TurboSquid and publish renders of it on a stock photography website? No. Posting renders on stock art sites is expressly prohibited by the EULA. Renders may not be posted on stock content sites whether for free or for sale. Under the Standard Royalty Free license, you may not publish any images or videos which depict a TurboSquid product on a stock art site, even if the featured TurboSquid product is only a minority portion of the render.
I want to buy a product from the TurboSquid library and convert it to a physical 3D object for sale elsewhere. Is this allowed? Yes, this is allowed under the Standard Royalty Free license. It is not allowed under the Editorial Royalty Free License, and Custom Licenses may prohibit this.
I want to buy a product from TurboSquid and use it in a virtual world community, like Second Life. Is that allowed? TurboSquid 3D models, conversions, and any altered or unaltered part of a TurboSquid 3D model, may NOT be imported, uploaded, reproduced, made available, transmitted, distributed, or sublicensed in Second Life or other virtual world communities. We prohibit any inclusion of TurboSquid material in any software that imports open 3D file formats (e.g., Second Life, 3D modeling software, etc.), and while we respect the Second Life and similar communities, our artist community does not believe the IP protections for their work are sufficient for these uses.
Once I buy a product from TurboSquid, may I change it for my use? Absolutely, so long as the modified product is used within the scope of the license agreement. The only exception here is that simply because you have purchased a product and changed it around (applying textures, adding details, etc.) this does not grant you the right to re-distribute and sell that product as your own.
Is software offered here royalty-free? No, software is not under the Standard Royalty Free or Editorial Royalty Free Licenses. All software usage is bound by the End User License Agreement of that particular software. This is usually different for each piece of software, and software installers typically require you to accept their license.
If I buy a model to use as a template (a reference to guide the placement of my polygons and curves) for another model I am going to build from scratch, how can I use the new model? Can I sell the new model I make on TurboSquid? Using models purchased or downloaded from TurboSquid as templates is very common. You are welcome to do this and can use the new model that you made or derived from a model on TurboSquid in any way that you would use a purchased model. You will not, however, be able to resell the new model. By using the first model as a template for the creation of a new model, the new model automatically is a derivative of the purchased model. Derivatives of models may not be sold on TurboSquid or used in any manner inconsistent with the TurboSquid End User License Agreement.
If the product you purchased is defective and/or differs substantially from the product description and product reviews on TurboSquid's website, you may return the model for a full refund within 7 calendar days of Purchase. Please review our full Refund Policy.