Just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve recently discovered that someone has stolen some of the content I previously uploaded to Sketchfab and was selling this for more than $100 on Turbosquid. I’ve also found content from at least one other user here too, so I can only assume all the content might have been stolen from various Sketchfab accounts. Here’s the link to the user who stole this content: NINI2020 3D Models for Download | TurboSquid. I’m assuming it’s ok to share this and can’t think of any reason why not, but mods can obviously amend if required.
The Samurai character also available for sale by that user also “appears” to have been stolen from this Sketchfab scene / Samurai The Shogunate - 3D model by heat3d [48533e7] - Sketchfab
One important thing to note is that my dealings with Turbosquid so far have not been positive and from my perspective, they don’t really care about such things. It took more than half a dozen emails and nearly four days for them to take any action at all and they’ve only just deactivated the stolen content to prevent further sales. The user’s profile and other models remain active and available for sale though!
Here’s a little advice for anyone else who experiences this. Before I continue, I should state the obvious. I’m my no means a legal expert, so please take the following with a grain of salt. However, I do have friends, family and clients who work in prominent positions within the legal industry here in the UK. Digital artists “do” have rights and you can take action to recuperate costs. Deactivating or removing content is not enough, so make sure you don’t accept that. How many times has your stolen content been sold and under what licensing conditions? These are questions you need to ask. Remember, content purchased via sites like CGtrader and Turbosquid may end up being used international ad campaigns, on TV or shared across social media channels. Those licenses can cost a lot of money!
Companies and individuals who have purchased your content without your permission from stock 3D sites may also be liable. Hope this helps and Sketchfab will continue to take steps to prevent content being downloaded illegally ASAP.