The fantastic open source software Blender 3D that allows you to create your own 3D models without forking out for the professional editions of Maya and 3ds Max. Has been targeted by scammers who have taken the free to download and use software and rebranded it under their own label and are now reselling it without any additional features for $77.
There are two companies that have been caught in the act 3DMagix and IllusionMage and the Blender Foundation has issued a press release detailing how the two companies have rebranded the Blender 3D software and started selling it on Ebay and from their own websites.
The Blender Foundation explains:
On their web pages they intentionally hide that the products are distributions of GNU GPL licensed software, and that the software is freely downloadable as well. More-over, even after contacting them several times, they don’t remove copyrighted content from their websites. A lot of text and images have been copied from blender.org and random images – not even from blender – were copied from various CG websites.
Unfortunately the Blender Foundation has explained that there is very little they can do about the sites as lawyers would be a waste of time and money. Instead they are trying to let as many people as possible know that these $77 packages are just Blender in false clothing. So spread the word where ever you can.