I just had a conversation with Andrew Kramer regarding the potential uses Element 3D could have inside of Stock Project Files that could be sold here. The plugin's licensing is a bit of a mixed bag, as it does allow for authors to utilize Element 3D within project files, but there are some limitations that are slightly different from permitted uses of other plugins.
Element 3D can be used within project files, so long as the models, materials, and other assets like environments, are all original works. Assets that are provided by Video Copilot within the plugin, or through their addon packs cannot be used, included, or distributed within project files sold here.
One super important note is that the Element 3D License Agreement states that project files that make use of Element 3D must do so in a way where the buyer of the project file needs to also own Element 3D in order to use the project. Basically saying, prerenders (as we know them) are not permitted. Which brings me to my next point.
Referring back to the Element 3D License Agreement, please see number 3 - section A. This area specifically details that projects made with Element 3D must be made in a way where the buyer needs to also have Element 3D installed in order to modify the project. Even if you create completely original assets (models, materials or environments) the license prohibits authors from rendering out animations of those assets as prerenders, so that those assets can be used in project files, for authors who do not own a license of Element 3D.
What This Means for VideoHive
Well like I said earlier, it's a mixed bag. Authors will still be able to take advantage of this great new tool within their projects. But when they do so they must be aware that they're limiting their potential buyer base to people who actually own a copy of Element 3D. Since prerenders cannot be used or distributed, there's no real way of getting around this. While it may be disheartening for some, I do think the tool still has potential to raise the bar here in terms of quality and authors should still consider using it.
I'm planning a small change to the upload form that will list Element 3D and other common third-party plugins. So that you'll be able to select the plugins that are required, rather than asking you guys to just type this information into your description. Since buyers will need to be aware of this before purchase, I'd like to try and make it standardized and as clear as possible.
Feel free to comment here with any questions you may have.