I noticed some forum members saying how they use free models from Archive3D.net in their Blender renders, so I did some research.
Looking at its Whois info Archive3D.net is run by two people from Russia and Tashkent, and provides no company or legal info. (They run a bunch of sites, all basically offering the same.) Searching the net for discussions about it, the sensible and cautious consensus seemed to be “if it looks too good to be true then it probably is”.
So I went to the3dstudio.com site to buy models legit, and guess what I find:
…here’s the ‘free’ version:
To all those who make a living using Blender for archiviz and other 3D businesses, using such ‘free’ models in their commercial work, can they really do it with a clean conscience? And more to the point, without fear of legal repercussions?