Commerical use of library models

I was wondering what the restrictions and rules were regarding the modles in the CAD library commercially. I could not see any information on the website.
For further clarification, I work for a Computational Fluid Dynamics Mesh Generation Company and we are always on the look out for high fidelity CAD models to use for demonstrations, publicity.
Thank You in advance for any light shed on this

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Having written the above I now find the terms of service page which gives some clarifiaction.
May I ask has anyone ever used any of these models commercially (of course with the authors permission)?

 
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Neil, yes, the standard approach for all GrabCAD library publicly shared models is that you can download and use them for non-commercial use only. If you want to manufacture or use the model for marketing purposes for example, we recommend you to ask the engineer (leave a comment with your question next to the specific file).
Very often the users have no issues with their work being demoed as excellent CAD files, it is a two way promotion of skills, as Robert said :), but it's always polite to let the author know what you want to do with the model and refer to the author in your presentations.

 
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it seems to do here contests and competitions! as well as offer job!

 
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it should be common courtesy to let original modeler know that you are using his model for commercial interest.

 
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Im surprised grabcad even has such a policy. pretty sure none of this will hold up in court. once something is posted on the internet, all copyrights are lost, it becomes fair use and it loses its IP, and as long as its edited or used in a non-direct way, its legal and fair use. grabcad can write any policies it wants, but it will never hold up in court

Most people that want to use Grabcad models for commercial use don't want to resell the models. They want to use the model to demo something else, some other software...

Posters should be able to "approve for commercial use" upon uploading, and that should go in a special library

 
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Like you say, i can't see it being an issue if the author says its fine. If it was me i'd be glad to let you use models commercially along as i got the recognition... it's free self advertisement.

 
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