Google Maps Images: Can I Use Them?

May 6, 2013 - 7:14 am 2 by
Filed Under Google Maps

Google Maps ImagesOne of the more common topics I see come up is the question of, can I use images from Google Maps or Google Earth on my web site, on a t-shirt, in the news paper, on TV or somewhere else.

The question is never all that clear but Google had decided to clarify all of that with a new and updated geo-guidelines page. The page describes the licensing rights and use rights of images within Google Maps and Earth. It is broken into these categories:

  • The basics
  • Using maps in print
  • Using maps in television, film and online video
  • Using maps on the web or in applications
  • Using maps in advertisements
  • Using Street View and Panoramio
  • Grants eligibility
  • Technical support
I spotted this on Google+ via the Google For Media section, where they said:

Some of the most frequent questions we get from the media regard rules around using our maps on television, in film and online — everything from how much does it cost, to what should the credit look like, to whether you need our explicit permission for each use.

To help clarify your questions, we’ve refreshed the “Using our maps” section on the Google Permissions site. We hope it helps! Visit the site here.

Forum discussion at Google+.


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