Correct use of Google Maps and Google Earth does not violate Google’s copyright

Correct use of Google Maps and Google Earth does not violate Google’s copyright. Often, due to the speed of adding content to a web page, we can end up with nasty consequences.

Today I wrote a nice article about the beautiful Teutonic castle in Poland. I thought I would add a picture with Google maps to this article. I’ve already made them into Gimp (only crop and resize). I have already added them to the media library in WordPress. Before publishing the article I began to wonder.

  • Can I do that?
  • Does Google allow such a quick copy paste its content?

You know – I usually pay great attention to such things. But everyone is using Google every day – hundreds or even thousands of times (after thinking – anyone who uses the Internet). It’s so common to think that from Google it’s all free – so why not Google Maps?

Correct use of Google Maps and Google Earth

However, I checked at source ie: Google permissions geoguidelines.

All uses of Google Maps and Google Earth Content must provide attribution to both Google and our data providers. We do not approve of any use of content without proper attribution, in any circumstance. We require attribution when the Content is shown. Requests for exceptions will not be answered or granted.

This quote explains that correct use of Google Maps and Google Earth does not violate Google’s copyright.

Correct use of Google Maps

  • You just have to add the appropriate attributes (ownership) to the image.
  • The other way is: crop the photo while retaining the original property rights. At the bottom of Google Earth you’ll find something like this:

For Google Maps is similar – there you will only find Google copyright. Such difficulties are only when you take a screen shot yourself. When you use Google tools (I encourage you to return to the article on the Google page) – Google itself provides such attributes for the photos.

Google’s copyright

Google’s copyright is very important to me. I’m not exaggerating. I would not like to be banned on Google. I do not know whether the violation of Google’s copyright affects my future (or rather lack of) in Google Adsense. Sorry – I do not want to test it. Google Adsense is the best program to make money on ads. You will not find anything better.

That is why, on my travel blog, I have added (just in case) an attribute to the photo. In the picture you see of course also copyright. But this is a small picture – copyright is poorly visible. Is it enough for Google? I do not know. I do not want to check. That’s why I added proper attribution.