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Upgrading from Student to Commercial License - 3DS Max

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09-17-2013 10:52 PM

Okay, I've asked a few reps already and I feel like I'm not getting anywhere...


Here is my scenario...


  1. I own a student version of 3DS Max
  2. I create models for the game engine, Unity, to learn how the pipeline works
  3. I now plan on upgrading my 3DS Max Student copy to a Commercial License to use these models in the game and sell it

Here is my question. In this situation, would I be able to use my models for commercial purposes because I bought a license, or would I have to remake all the models all over again up to the point of when I bought the license?

And please, not to be rude to anyone, but don't just spit back at me what the terms and services say, something along the lines of *Student license can only be used for educational purposes*...
I understand this more than anyone. That is why I want to buy a commercial license, so I can use my models for my games and pay the company who allowed me to make them. But I am asking if the commercial license gives me the right to use my models for commercial purposes, since that is what I am paying for.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions.



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Re: Upgrading from Student to Commercial License - 3DS Max

09-18-2013 03:04 AM in reply to: aparke13
You cannot use content created in EDU software commercially: it's a violation of the EDU license.
Simple rule, simple rule violation. You can't cheat the system by later buying of a commercial license: you will get embarrassed publicly when you get fined by Autodesk since they tell your peers and peer journals about it, that's how it goes down.
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Re: Upgrading from Student to Commercial License - 3DS Max

09-18-2013 06:34 AM in reply to: pendean

Certain products have a watermark too.   This happens in Maya and AutoCAD for sure.


NOTE: #2 when installing the same version but on the computer.  i.e. Max 2014 EDU vs Max 2014 Commercial.

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Re: Upgrading from Student to Commercial License - 3DS Max

09-18-2013 08:19 AM in reply to: aparke13

Dean couldn't be more correct.  The educational stamp essentially is a plague and any imported reference to it from your commercial work will also "poison" your commercial work with the stamp.  And anyone you send that work to will have their works poisoned by it.  Any respectable entitiy will avoid your models at all cost for risk of ruining their own work.  I have seen it happen in the past and it creates panic in the company as drawing after drawing is stamped due to a referenced edu file.  Very very bad idea.  Just redo the work.  You should be able to do it quicker and better the 2nd time around. 


Good Luck!

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