We encourage you to report any models for abuse or infringements of licenses. However, keep in mind that only the copyright holder can report copyright or IP infringement, and should do so using the DMCA takedown process. For all other kinds of reports, contact us here. Please include a link to the model in question and any other relevant information. We'll do our best to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. There is no registration to use the Creative Commons licenses. Licensing a work is as simple as selecting which of the six licenses best meets your goals, and then marking your work in some way so that others know that you have chosen to release the work under the terms of that license. If you choose to make your model downloadable, you can choose a CC license. See Downloading Models and check out the quick guide on the Creative Commons site.
If you want to use a model that has the CC symbols, just make sure to comply and give attribution, meaning, please give the originator of the material credit for their work. Similarly, please familiarize yourself with the details of fair use if you are planning to rely on fair use to make works based on those created by others.
See someone using your work without proper attribution?
First, try contacting them directly and asking them to credit you, you can try pointing them to this page as well. If that doesn’t work, you can contact us and we'll do our best to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Please include a link to the model in question and any other relevant information.
What is the DMCA?
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is legislation enacted by the United States Congress in October 1998 that made major changes to the US Copyright Act. The intent behind DMCA was to create an updated version of copyright laws to deal with the special challenges of regulating digital material. Broadly, the aim of DMCA is to protect the rights of both copyright owners and consumers, especially online and with user-generated content.
What does that mean for you?
It means your work is protected, and there is a clear process for removing user generated content (via a "DMCA Takedown") while limiting the liability of service providers.
What does that mean for Sketchfab?
Sketchfab is DMCA compliant, and we respect the intellectual property rights of others. We thus prohibit users from uploading and publishing on the site any content that violates another party's copyright. Any infringing materials posted by any User can be identified and removed pursuant to this complaint procedure.
In the event you believe that any User Content on the Services infringes your copyright, please file a notice of infringement using this form:
I got a Takedown Notice! What now?
We will notify you if one of your models has been taken down as a result of a takedown request. If you do not have a license, permission or are not using Creative Commons attribution, please comply and remove your model. However, if you feel that the takedown request was improper, you can submit a counter-notice requesting that the model be returned to the site.
Procedure to Supply a Copyright Counter-Notice to the Designated Agent:
As with the original takedown notice, filing a counter notice is a formal legal action. It can have consequences both for the person filing the notice and the person receiving the notice. We strongly encourage you to do your research and/or consult an attorney to fully and accurately understand your rights before filing a formal counter notice request.
If you believe that your content does not infringe any copyrights, you must send a counter-notice, pursuant to Sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please do not re-list or reactivate the content yourself.
Much like the DMCA Takedown Notice, the counter-notice must contain all of the following information listed below:
- Your physical or electronic signature;
- Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
- A statement, under penalty of perjury, that the you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the content;
- Your name, address, telephone number, and, if available, e-mail address and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is located outside the United States, for any judicial district in which Sketchfab is located, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under Section 512 (c)(1)(C) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or an agent of such person.
If a counter-notice is received by the Designated Agent, Sketchfab may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that we may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright or intellectual property owner files an action seeking a court order against the user, the removed content may be replaced or access to it restored in 10 to 14 business days after receipt of the counter-notice, at Sketchfab’s discretion.
Please contact Sketchfab’s Designated Agent to submit Notifications of Claimed Infringement and Copyright Counter-Notices at email@example.com.
Our full policy is here if you would like to know more, and information about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) can be found here.
If you have any other questions please feel free to send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.