March 11th, 2015, 22:19
I in no way would advocate such behavior. However, in digital media, where does it end?
In specific to those concerned about FS models;
If a .mdl is reverse engineered, then the very mesh itself will be compromised. If it is re-exported as another file type, be it .obj, .3ds, .fbx, whatever, it is no longer a .mdl by a significant margin. This isn't copy/paste.
1. ) The pirated model would need legal documents to prove it's copyright/ownership
2. )A detailed comparison of subjects would have to be made by an inter-medium to determine that the 'pirated' example is such.