Hey Turbosquid, please don’t sue me! Think creative commons + free advertising.

Hello Turbosquid! As we all know Turbosquid provides excellent 3D models for use by game makers and builders of virtual worlds.

May I suggest that you allow the screen captures on your website to be used as something like a Creative Commons license? Doing so would allow energetic AR producers like myself, as well as all kinds of creatives to use those striking images... and we would be happy to credit you and the maker of the models. In short, we would be advertising for you!

I respect the model maker's skills and economic needs, and hope this idea can help promote them.

This suggestion is prompted by the following situation.

A presentation about AR and its impact upon the world of bicycling.
Stephen Black's presentation at the 419 Room, on Augmented Reality and Bicycling
  1. The creator of the powerful bike image was credited, both in the paper flyer (20 copies made in total) and here and here on line.
    The credit link went here, the cgstudio online shop.
  2. The poster suddenly had to be made, less than 24 hours before the event, Ride of Silence. A strong simple image was immediately needed.
    The day after the poster was done, I contacted the maker, explaining and hoping they would agree that the use of the image is actually advertising/ a showcase for them/TurboSquid.
    The reply was that I could not use the image because I did not pay for the model. I wrote a second, positive email, explaining that I was actually advertising for them. The response was that I should contact TurboSquid and "everything is recorded".

  3. I have not made any money from AR since I began researching/began a startup three years ago. The event is free. At present I do not even have a company set up.

Thank you Turbosquid for thinking about this...

Stephen Black

Hummingbirdsday provides the best branding and marketing solutions for tech startups. This screen capture features a game idea featuring Green Bean Boy, a character developed by Dominique Wu, the founder of Hummingbirdsday. Here Green Bean Boy enjoys a meal with Bubiko Foodtour.
Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. Although this version of Bubiko is 2D, it exemplifies cross-promotion. This still is from a Green Bean Boy game idea by Dominique Wu/Hummingbirdsday Studio

PS Another 3D project I am involved with are the Dundercats. With both the Dundercats and Bubiko, we would certainly talk to creatives about using the characters in exchange for promotion. On a case, by case basis of course.

PSS If you happen to be a 3D model maker who has images of bikes/bike parts/bike riders in wireframes, and ARE COOL WITH CROSS-PROMOTION...drop me me a line! I am not making any money yet, but things look very good when we get our AP app out. Here is a bit about me. Thanks for reading to the very bottom of this post!


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