The Blender Monkey

I’m mainly using Blender to model prototypes of potential retail products or printed (off 3D printer) artwork to sell. I have an idea that involves using the monkey model included in Blender software. It would incorporate the mesh of the monkey as a base and then modify it to form the final functional product (s) to be sold. I can go about making my own model of a monkey but if it was possible to use the blender model mesh without legal problem of artwork infringement I would consider that. Blender provides various pre made meshes (of bolts etc) Does anyone know who made the original monkey mesh, owns it? I would like to contact for potential permission/credit/and/or compensation for use of the model if required. Thanks!

Does anyone know who made the original monkey mesh, owns it? I would like to contact for potential permission/credit/and/or compensation for use of the model if required. Thanks!

You are free to use it however you wish just like the default cube or sphere that also comes with blender.

Suzanne

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Suzanne

In January/February 2002 it was quite clear that NaN could not survive and would close the doors in March. Nevertheless, they found the energy for doing at least one more release: 2.25. As a sort-of easter egg, a last personal tag, the artists and developers decided to add a 3D model of a chimpanzee. It was created by Willem-Paul van Overbruggen (SLiD3), who named it Suzanne after the orangutan in the Kevin Smith film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Suzanne is Blender’s alternative to more common test models such as the Utah Teapot and the Stanford Bunny. A low-polygon model with only 500 faces, Suzanne is often used as a quick and easy way to test material, animation, rigs, texture, and lighting setups, and is also frequently used in joke images[SUP][citation needed][/SUP]. Suzanne is still included in Blender. The largest Blender contest gives out an award called the Suzanne

http://www.blender.org/education-help/faq/gpl-for-artists/#c2132

Can I sell my Blender creations?
Anything you create with Blender - whether it’s graphics, movies, scripts, exported 3d files or the .blend files themselves - is your sole property, and can be licensed or sold under any conditions you prefer.

Thanks so much!

It’s also a little-known fact that Suzanne won the Miss Monkey USA pageant in 2009. :wink: