Any and ALL private use of our creations is permitted
The policies listed below are designed for creators and modders who wish to re-use our items to form part of their artwork. If you want to re-use our items in a way which is not normally allowed you will need to email us to request permission.
The general gist of our policies is:
** For the purposes of our terms a commercial site is any that sells any quantity of Sims content, either as subscriber-only downloads, donor exclusives, or buy purchasing 'points'. It does not matter if you intend to use our content only in free files, if the site sells Sims downloads, it is considered a commercial site - regardless of whether or not you get any personal benefit from the sale of those items.
Please be aware that many items you'll find on the site will include custom content made by other artists and websites. We have NO ownership of these items and cannot give you permission to re-publish them. In some cases we have special permission to share them which is not normally allowed so please do not assume it is OK just because we have used them in our creations. To try to obtain permission please visit the links provided by a download that includes the item you want to use.
Credit means putting a visible clickable link which goes to Parsimonious by the download that uses our content.
It is OK to put the credit link in a tooltip or other 'hover' feature so long as it is easily seen by visitors who are actively looking at your download and does NOT require them to actually click before they see it.
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 3 Create-A-Style Patterns:
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 3 Objects:
Please be aware all our Sims 3 objects require either 'Pets' 1.26/1.27 base game patch. This means your download will also require the same - it is your responsibility to make your site visitors aware of this requirement if you use our objects.
Although you can convert our sims3pack format downloads into package files for use in your game, but they will not automatically get included with your house or world. If you wish for your visitors to get our creations so they appear inside your house or world as you've created it, then you will need to include our original sims3pack files in your download archive. Please do NOT include the raw package files in your archive - your visitors may prefer package files, in which case they are probably already comfortable and familiar with the process of extracting them.
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 3 Fashion - that is clothing, hairstyles, make-up, shoes, accessories, skin tones etc:
*** This policy was amended in February 2011, previously the policy stated that all our fashion items could be included with Sims and CAST recolors without credit. This old policy was meant to last only for the short duration when our Sims 3 Fashion section included only CAST recolors and should have been updated immediately after original material became available in August 2009.
Sites with files uploaded prior to February 2011 may of course continue to comply with the old policy, however only as long as your existing files remain in their exact original condition and do not have cause to be updated or moved, after which time our new policy now applies and you must therefore cease distributing our original items with your CAST recolors. This does not affect downloads of sims, households, houses with households or worlds with households.
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 3 Houses:
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 3 Walls & Floors, Lot and Create-a-World terrain paints:
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 3 Worlds:
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 2 Objects:
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 2 Fashion - that is clothing, make-up, accessories, skin tones etc:
This policy was amended in June 2009, prior to this inclusion was optional and those who chose not to include the mesh could link directly to our meshes page instead of a normal credit link. Items posted before June 2009 may still adhere to the original policy until such time as the zip has cause to be updated or moved to another URL.
Please be aware that if you are linking to our old meshes page it no longer exists. Instead meshes are now found in with our normal Clothing content in our Sims 2 Fashion: Clothing Section. There is a re-direct in place, but it links only to the first page in the category, the mesh you are using may be on a subsequent page so you will either need to make your visitors aware of this, or better yet, update your zip to include the mesh!
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 2 Houses:
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 2 Walls & Floors and Lot terrain paints:
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 1 Objects:
This policy was updated August 2008. For any site who uploaded a clone/recolor prior to this date credit is required until such time there is cause for the zip to be updated or moved to a different URL.
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 1 Fashion - that is clothing and heads:
Please be aware that most of the sites who's meshes we've used are dead and gone, some are still online, but almost all have been abandoned by their owners. Nevertheless, their policies over the re-use of their artwork still applies and you are responsible for checking and complying if you choose to also include the meshes we've used in your creations.
In cases where the site no longer exists it is probably safe to assume the mesh is distributable, and in general it is probably better you include it with your item than link to us as a form of mesh 'repository' but we will not take any action against a site that chooses to link directly to particular pages on our site for this purpose.
The following policies apply to the sharing of Parsimonious Sims 1 Walls & Floors:
The policies stated above assumes that creators wish to use our items as part of another item for the same version of The Sims.
If you wish to convert our items from their existing format so they are suitable for a different version you will need special permission - please email us detailing which items you want to use and which game you are converting them to.
In general permission is not likely to be given for converting Sims 2 objects to Sims 1 objects, and there are a large number which are also intended for conversion to Sims 3 when time allows (mostly newer objects). Please note that where permission is given for such conversions, it will not be given exclusively, so if you get permission to use particular meshes, it's quite possible other creators may also have permission to use those same meshes.
All the policies stated above apply to creators who wish to use our items in their own Sims projects. If you wish to use our artwork as part of a different use un-related to The Sims then policies stated below apply. Please note that we cannot give you permission to use materials included in our items which are property of EA for obvious reasons (we are subject to EA's license agreement for Fan Sites which allows us to use their materials in this capacity provided it does not negatively impact EA). Nor can we give permission for the re-use of included elements belonging to other sites.
You may be able to get permission to use our materials for a commercial game mod, but there is likely to be a license fee payable which will be at least $100 (US). Please email us giving full details of precisely what your project is and which of our items you wish to use.
Needless to say since you cannot copyright an idea (only it's execution), you are allowed to use the design of any of our items as a concept to base your items on without any credit, so long as you don't use our actual materials in your project.
"Surely it would save your bandwidth if I shared Parsimonious stuff on my website?"
Once or twice a week without fail some visitor will write to me and offer to upload our stuff to some Media Fire or Weebly site.
In most cases they're trying to be helpful, thinking it'll save us money. It doesn't. In fact it has precisely the opposite effect. Our bandwidth usage is pretty high (usually in the range of 100-150Gb per day). That costs a great deal of money, but in order for it to stop costing a great deal of money it would have to fall down well below 50Gb a day to make any real savings. On the flip side if people start downloading our files from other sites, their visits don't generate any advertising revenue. Unlike bandwidth costs advertising income is pretty linear, it starts falling off just as soon as traffic starts falling off. In short loss of income makes an impact much sooner than the reduction in bandwidth costs.
These little unauthorized mirror sites rarely make much of an impact individually, but there are a huge number of them and it takes up a great deal of my time trying to get them shut down (it's much like whack-a-mole only a great deal more stressful and time consuming). I'd have more time to make more custom content if I didn't have to deal with such things - so please leave our content exactly AND only where it is.
Parsimonious is in violation of MY intellectual property rights - how can I get this problem sorted out?
Obviously if one of our artists has accidentally used some graphic design materials or Sims content that they shouldn't have done, then I will attend to the matter as a highest priority.
To lodge a copyright complaint please send an email to me (Kate) at email@example.com detailing exactly which items are involved, and provide a URL of where your original materials and stated policies can be found. Please be aware that I will not respond to completely ridiculous complaints from attention-seeking idiots so don't bother unless you have a genuine beef.