"Bill Pragnell" <bil### [at] hotmailcom> wrote in message
> Just a thought, because the models at
> keep coming up, is it worth adding a few of the smaller ones, in mesh2
> files, to the object collection? I know anyone can go here and
> etc for themselves, but not everyone will know they're available, or have
> necessary knowledge to do the conversion. It took me quite a while to hunt
> the relevant tools when I first got hold of them.
> I was thinking of the utah teapot, the bunny, the chinese dragon, maybe
> even the
> happy buddha. This of course raises the questions of a) would it be legal?
> b) is there enough space on the server?
So far as I'm aware, space isn't a particular issue, the licensing is. The
POV-Ray Object Collection is all under the CC-LGPL, which is one of the most
liberal licenses around, authorising use, modification and redistribution
with very few restrictions. Stanford say that "such models or images are
not to be used for commercial purposes, nor should they appear in a product
for sale (with the exception of scholarly journals or books), without our
permission". They also ask that some of their models are not used in
specific ways (so no exploding Buddhas).
However, they don't exclude specific permissions being granted. So if you
can get permission to redistribute particular converted POV-Ray format
models on a CC-LGPL license then that would be fine. They may be prepared to
do this for the Stanford Bunny and the TeaPot for example as they are pretty
well everywhere anyway.
Otherwise, you might consider writing up the technique on the Wiki. You can
of course load any supporting macros, textures or other bits and pieces that
you have copyright over onto the object collection.
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