I wanted to take a photo from https://www.istockphoto.com/ and use it as a base to create a 3d model.

The photo would be an essential feature of the model, without the photo the model could not exist.

Would redistributing the model for free be possible following the license provided by the website? I would be happy to consider both the standard and extended license if any of those would allow me to execute and redistribute my work giving due credits to the author.

  • What does the specific license text say for the standard and extended licenses on that image?
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 2:03
  • This is the license agreement for all media on istockphoto istockphoto.com/legal/license-agreement
    – bracco23
    Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 8:45
  • I gave it a look but didn't find anything that would correspond to what I want to do
    – bracco23
    Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 8:46
  • Do you intend to purchase a license or just use the watermarked preview? Commented Jul 28, 2021 at 9:16
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    If they have a license, then you are allowed to do anything allowed either by the license or by copyright law. Anything else I’d not allowed.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Jul 29, 2021 at 9:43

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As far as I can tell, the license allows this though I'm baffled as to why you're asking random people rather than the site licensing it.

The license offers unlimited use, including modification, with some restrictions. This would include making a derivative work from it and distributing that.

The only restriction likely to be an issue is that you cannot falsely claim authorship of the photo. It is likely you would need to attribute it, depending on how much your 3d model uses it.

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