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Free Maya Personal Edition

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"Alias is giving away copies of their highly regarded professional 3D graphics and animation program Maya Personal Edition. The full program normally costs $2000. The Maya Personal Learning Edition restricts users to non-commercial applications through the display of a watermark on images as well as through the use of a special non-commercial file format."



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Is utilizing a program like this for artwork considered non-commercial? All art has the potential to be sold. If it is strictly for free distribution, that really rests on the conscience of the user.10/18/2003 1:49:41 PM
stargrazer
i think the main thing is that they put a watermark in the image so it basically makes the final product "unpresentable."10/18/2003 6:04:00 PM
ben
Strictly a "learning tool," then, unless you can subvert the watermark into being part of the content of a finished piece?10/22/2003 1:24:21 PM
stargrazer
Oi. What the new art would be...

Can you imagine seeing all the pieces produced these days with a logo "Produced in Adobe Photoshop!, Rendered in Maya!" Or even, like on live365.com, right in the middle of CDs, "Mastered in ProTools!" Scary.

This totally brings to mind the thing I heard this weekend on the WFUM pledge drive. Some little skit from Ira Glass, having one of the newscasters testing out Product Placement in a story. It was pretty funny, and pretty on-point as to why some things should remain non-commerically funded.
10/22/2003 9:30:39 PM
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Jenny Holzer might have some fun with this, by twisting the watermark into ironic content.10/23/2003 10:15:09 AM
stargrazer
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