Autodesk makes huge trove of docs, training materials and 3D asset files available under Creative Commons

Rama from Autodesk sez, "Autodesk, the design software company you probably know from AutoCAD also makes entertainment software used to make movies, TV shows and video games -- stuff like the Iron Man movies, Man of Steel, Game of Thrones and The Last of Us made a big announcement this morning. The group adopted the Creative Commons licensing which means 20,000 pages of documentation, 70 videos and 140 downloadable 3D asset files are now ready to be modified, remixed and shared globally. On the YouTube learning channels for their Maya and 3ds Max software, their iTunes podcasts, and their help pages, you’ll see the Creative Commons tag for easy identification. And it’s just the beginning, Autodesk said soon all Autodesk online help, learning channel movies, podcasts, support articles and downloadable materials will be placed under the Creative Commons model -- even their Autodesk University training content past and future. It's a bold move to open up their intellectual property for digital artists everywhere"

Autodesk takes great pride in offering high-quality resources that support the pursuit of lifelong learning, supplement classroom materials, and contribute to digital community development. Many of these great resources are now licensed to you under Creative Commons because we believe that learning should be free, open, and shared widely around the world! Look for the Creative Commons tags in our online help, learning channel movies, podcasts, support articles and downloadable materials. More content to come soon…

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  1. I have to admit this is pretty surprising given their near monopoly of 3D and FX software. Autodesk really doesn't need to do this, so good on them for seeing beyond the short term bottom line.

  2. fateh says:

    It's funny in light of Autodesk's rivalry with "Your Own 3D Software", Blender, which since 2006 pioneered high-profile 'Open Movie' work. Blender's movies are made with f/loss tools, released as open content including all data assets licensed under CC-BY. A few years ago at SIGGRAPH, Autodesk had its booth under a giant banner that read "Don't Blend In". It's SIGGRAPH time of the year again, and the Blender groups are packed, but there's no Autodesk booth anymore.

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