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Sorry for posting here but Quixel forum is bugged for me and I'm stuck in an infinite login loop.
I would appreciate if someone could give me some straightforwards answers as most of the threads on their own forums are answered by their community manager with some vague answers and most of the follow up question are left unanswered completely.

What even is a megascan? I know this sounds dumb but the collection on their website https://quixel.com/megascans/home shows everything (2D,3D, textures, brushes) as megascans. This leaves only "smart materials" in local library to be safe to use for commercial purpose. Is everything else off limits?

How do I even know I used a megascan? When I open the asset manager usually there is "megascan surface" or a similar description but for example if I download a megascan brush and paint with it the asset manager just shows paint layer map. If I download a brush from some other place can I even know it was a megascan?

I know I can't make a texture with megascan and sell it but there are exceptions when you add 50% of your own value or sth like that. Of course that it just another non-specific phrasing that makes me afraid of breaking the terms. If I make a 3D model and texture it with megascans (for example use scratches brush) am I now unable to sell the model?

Another thing is Unreal. I got and infinite points because I once wanted to try it so I got a license even though I never really got to use it. I found this "You'll need a paid subscription to use Megascans legally, unless you're working in Unreal Engine as the final destination point". What does that mean? I'm unlikely to use UE since I'm not a dev. I'm currently just learning to model so all my work will be static renders in Blender and possibly selling those models. UE is not the "final destination point" so can I even use megascans? Do I need to render in UE?

Thank you.


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  • radiancef0rge
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    all content downloaded from - or created in bridge or mixer - is subject to their copyright specs.  the only exception to this is the free content that has a specific set of rights outlined on their website.  

    I know I can't make a texture with megascan and sell it but there are exceptions when you add 50% of your own value or sth like that. 

    this is a myth, there are no rights for altered content that arent covered in their copyright unless explicitly stated.  

    unique content textured using megascans is probably fine to sell - i am not a lawyer and you shouldnt take this as legal advice

    youre getting caught up in the details, i think common sense here should guide you.  dont resell assets you dont have the rights to.  


  • ibex
    Maybe I am caught up in the details but you are proof that people don't actually know for sure whether they are breaking TOS and can be held liable. I only want to use megascans for texturing of my own models with my own maps so they are practically unusable for anything else. I can only hope it's OK to sell those.
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    your answer is in the eula

  • ibex
    Coming with an answer from support. in case anyone finds this topic.
    Q: "If I use megascans (e.g. scratches brush) to texture my own model with my own texture maps which are unusable for anything else but that specific model am I allowed to sell it including the textures?"
    A: "The usage you've described sounds acceptable under our Terms of Use. Transformative works - e.g. brushes applying textures to UV mapped models is totally fine for commercial purposes are you're not reselling original Megascans data, but are instead modifying it and providing additional value."
    This means the additional value is not a myth. Rendering inside UE wasn't answered but it probably doesn't matter.
  • Synaesthesia
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    It's definitely not a myth -  it's in our Terms of Use, which is why I provided that answer to you on ZenDesk. :)

    WRT Unreal, you're legally obligated to work with Unreal Engine in exchange for free access to the Megascans library if you're signed up under the Unreal Unlimited plan as you've noted. There is no stipulation in the agreement for working outside of UE unless you're using other tools to modify Megascans assets for use within Unreal. Rendering assets outside of UE on a UU plan is strictly prohibited.
  • ibex
    I haven't noticed your signature and thought it's just your opinion. I wasn't planning on signing up for UE license I just tried it couple of years ago and the license was still active. It's pretty cumbersome to export everything to UE just for a render of a single still image when I'm gonna be doing everything in Blender. Especially since I haven't really used it and don't even know how to set it up.
  • Synaesthesia
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    Just make sure you're using a paid plan and you should be OK. Rendering in Blender is not a legally applicable option for UU assets.
  • ibex
    Even if I'm selling only the object and not the render itself?
  • Synaesthesia
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    Blender is not an authorized destination for Unreal Engine content.
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