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Comission Work and License isuue


So me and 2 other are going to do commission work for 3D architecture work for clients in Unreal 4. We going to be sending them the level and videos for them to show to clients who are interested. I'm unsure if we need to pay unreal the 5% percentage and what are legal uses for the client to use the level?

Many Thanks Mrfantasticghost

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asked Dec 03 '14 at 10:05 AM in Legal & Licensing

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Hi Mrfantasticghost,

Based on that description, it would seem that you are doing work-for-hire. Work-for-hire is exempt from royalty payments and Architecture Visualization is specifically mentioned in the EULA under that clause. You can read more about royalty exemptions here:


However, no royalty is owed on the following forms of revenue:

Consulting fees or work-for-hire fees which are non-recoupable for services performed using the Licensed Technology (e.g., an architect-created walkthrough simulation or a contractor-developed in-house training simulator).

If there is something more to it or if I have misunderstood you, please let me know and I will be happy to further assist.


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answered Dec 03 '14 at 06:40 PM

avatar image Mrfantasticghost Dec 03 '14 at 06:54 PM

Thanks Alexander once again for answering my question :)

Just to clarify,I won't need to pay royalty of I'm JUST using for architecture purposes? Also I just want to know do I need to keep paying for my subscription for Unreal 4 for the client?

Yeah, I'm starting a company up that will do 3D architecture based on designs from clients that they give us in Unreal 4. We doing commission work for them and will be paid on a contract based time and pay.

I just wanted to clarify if I'm breaking any terms and contract. Sorry for all the questions as well.
Thanks for saving me the worry and have a nice day.

avatar image atypic STAFF Dec 03 '14 at 07:00 PM

No royalties are due for work-for-hire fees, which is what you're describing. Whether or when you pay the monthly subscription is independent from your work for your client. That's up to you.

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and what are legal uses for the client to use the level?

The work product that you provide qualifies as a Product under the EULA. If someone starts earning money for it, like distributing as a paid app, royalties are owed. That seems very unlikely in the circumstance you described.

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answered Dec 03 '14 at 06:42 PM

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