Can i use free models for online tutorial purpose

Discussion started by swats


I am a lighting and look development artist. I am starting a non-commercial youtube channel for tutorial purpose. And i will be needing models for demonstrations. Can i use the free 3d models from cgtrader for it?


Posted 6 months ago

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Briefly you can use the models which have Royalty Free Licences in your commercials. I have a mic. model as free, you can use it at wherever you want.

swats wrote
Thank you so much for your helpl
Posted 6 months ago

You can use free models for your tutorials, but remember that most free models on cgtrader is being shared with Creative Commons license, so attribution is required. If you're using free models in your tutorial, then simply mention from where you did get them. Backlink to seller's shop would be a nice way to say thank you for the models.

Posted 6 months ago

Just have in mind that you can not redistribute those models - meaning, that if you plan to share tutorial files - scenes that include those models - you have to ask for permission from the author.

Posted 5 months ago

Sure. Thanks for the reply's

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