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Topic: Photosynth point cloud - Legal issues

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gdao (Over 1 year ago)
It appears Photosynth software developers are really glad with the fact of so many users are using photosynth generated cloud points in creative ways, specially creating 3D meshes/models.

http://blogs.msdn.com/photosynth/archive/2008/11/24/creative-uses-of-photosynth-in-science.aspx

What I really want to know is what Microsoft lawyers think about this. Is it legal to use photosynth point clouds for professional, amateur or academic proposes?
GaryMortimer (Over 1 year ago)
Er, I would be interested to know why you would think it would be illegal? If you go down this line, all images will be illegal.
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Well the pointclouds are mentioned in the terms of use to be the copyright of Microsoft, even after we delete our synths. It has been said before that this is primarily so that Microsoft has the right to link synths to each other in the future, without people complaining that "their" pointcloud had been used by Microsoft illeagally, but it's understandable that when there is a commercial Photosynth license available for sale and the pointclouds are copyright Microsoft that people would be leery of using the pointclouds in their own buisness.
gdao (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for the answer Nathanael.Lawrence. Apparently nobody care about this subjects until get sued.
GaryMortimer (Over 1 year ago)
Well I expect some great minds at Microsoft have considered this one.
gdao (Over 1 year ago)
In other words...appears to be illegal to download the point cloud and use it to create a 3D model, even if you to do it only with academic objectives (non commercial). 

I'm right or do I miss something?

If so, why don't Photosynth developers make clear this is illegal, and continue making references in presentations to the "interesting" things people are doing with Photsynth cloud points (i.e. like low altitude kite surveying terrain generation)?
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