Guy trying to rip 3D models
I can't believe that currently there is 3D project on the main page where guy is looking for someone to help him building a tool to rip 3D models from Sketchfab, CGTrader, Turbosquid.
Do you know anything about this techniques? Are they they the actual threat to us and how can we protect against it?
This is the guy! https://www.cgtrader.com/free-premium-models
I told him to get ***** . I did not see a report button so I have no idea if it's possible to report.
Yeah got the same, report and ban quick before he does any more damage.
Got the same request. Just ban and report.
He even has 5 applicants already..
Maybe those should be banned too?
Those tools are already available for years, if you do not want to distribute your models for free then simply don't use 3D viewers.
The people using Sketchfab probably don't mind their models get distributed for free, they sell license and as long as they feel enough people buy those license then they don't mind all the free downloading. At least that's what I assume, otherwise I don't get the logic using 3D viewers?
Note, in order for a computer to display 3D graphics there usually needs to get data (vertexes, UV cords, textures and shader data, etc.) tot the V-ram on your GPU from where it can be rendered. Sites like Sketsfab (using 3D viewers) distribute this data to the users computer via the web-browser where an embedded app delivers it to the GPU for rendering.
So the simple act of viewing such models puts it already on your PC. The only thing holding you back from opening it in Blender or whatever 3D app is the format the data is in. However, there are plenty of smart people who know about the techniques behind the encoding and decoding of this data and they provide decoding apps so you can convert this data to regular OBJ or FBX format.
Anyone is free to transmit/distribute his work over public network for free but I find it a bit strange as its kind of opposite of what most license describe?
Well I was one of the applicants but just to tell him to get **** so maybe the rest are similar
I also think that most applicants only wanted to say s..t to project creator.
Otherwise there is no new serious danger. I really doubt that there would be some real programmer/developer among applicants who would create such tool for only 50$.
And the funny thing is about "reselling allowed" so the create could sell the tool here on CGT. :-D
I got invited to the project, and of course, reported but I don't know how to ban this user from contacting me. How can I do that? Any help will be much appreciated.
There are two possible scenarios, he is a retard because of posting this here on cgt (it's like kicking the hornet's nest) or he posted that here like some sort of provocation wich i think it is, because tools for this kind a thing are in existance for very long time, but there is other side of this, usage of those tools requiere some knowladge, but you can't expect knowladge from someone who is retarded enough to want to rip other peoples hard work, and is even more retarded for posting project like this here on cgt.
I also had this person comment about ripping models on one of my models for sale. Because you cannot remove these yourself I had to get support to remove it for me. Kicking the hornet nest is certainly a good description.
If you want to protect your model just make renders like me. It's not perfect because he can rip it with photogrammetry tools, but in this case, they don't get the UV data, the LOD's, and the lightmap, and it's a ton of work to make it usable.
I don't want to open another topic (I hope that author of this one won't mind) to point out once again a scammer/thief https://www.cgtrader.com/blackbitapps who buys 3d models and than immediately asks for refund for no reason, and although cgt didn't refunded him and already once removed negative ratings from all models he bought, he continue to abuse model rating system in anger, In my opinion he should be banned long time ago, but it is what it is, at least cgt shouldn't allow rating of the model again once they removed rating.
Still getting the messages. Please someone do something
Look like he registered again with similar user name: https://www.cgtrader.com/premium-models-free and posted the same project once again.
I guess that means his main purpose is to actually advertise the ripper page.
That's yet another reason CGT to stop allowing new users who do not have approved ID info to post projects, models or even forum posts.
Maybe a good temporal solution can be adding a 'Report' button for Projects too.
It kind of worked in the Forum.
I looked into this deeper. Actually CGTrader has responsibility to act on this. We can't have a site up promoting illegal activity. I have been in large corporation before and moderators have responded to such problems in few hours notice. CGTrader has to act or it might face a lawsuit.
CGTrader acted on this as soon as possible - we have banned this malicious person and deleted the job listings straight after detection. The latest listings were deleted in less than an hour notice. Such activity is illicit and infringing our Terms and Conditions, we are and will be deleting content like this and terminating the membership of the person posting such content as soon as we become aware of it.
We would like to thank our users for their support and involvement, many people have reported the spam conversations and informed us about the listing. We believe this was a provocation rather than actual intention of ordering a copyright infringing tool via our platform, however, we are glad to see this situation resolved. The person was also contacted via email and issued with a warning, it is not likely that they will reappear on our website again.
If you have any questions, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austeja from CGTrader
I think it's about time to start suing those criminals that plague the site.
You will never stop this with just a warnings.
Thieves should understand that they are commuting a real punishable crime here.
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