Ripping the System

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Hello, pretty simple question.
I've just started the 3d modelling for a game I intend to release. I've gotten everything done except for replacing place-holder models.

My current problem is the price of 3ds Max. If I pirate 3ds max, get all my models done, and then buy a month of 3ds Max before releasing the game, will I have the copyright to release the game and not owe anyone any money? As an independent developer, I don't have over a grand to drop before releasing this game. I know I could use blender, but I'm working in Unreal Engine, and the quality difference between the models I've already bought is notable.