Regarding the Honor it OK to add photos of ancestors' homes obtained from Google Earth's Street View display? [closed]

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in Genealogy Help by Tom Shaw G2G6 Mach 1 (17.1k points)
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As long as Google does not have those pictures copyrighted, I can't see why it would be a problem.  See if you can find anything on Google about a policy for using their images.
by Fred Remus G2G6 Mach 4 (41.0k points)
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Thanks Fred! I don't know why I didn't think to check with Google myself, but I did, and found out that they do allow use of their products (including screencap photos), provided that you acknowledge them as the source.  The specific statement from Google reads, "For screenshots, the Google or Google Maps logo is not required but attribution must always be present. However, the reverse is not allowed - only including the Google logo is not proper attribution, particularly when 3rd-party suppliers were used for the content."  In other words, if you intend to use a screen-captured Google Earth aerial photograph or a Street View photo of someone's current or former residence, the comments entry for your photo should include "© Google 2012", regardless of whether the Google Logo appears on the photo or not.  Hope that helps anyone who might have been wondering about this!


This is a great revelation to me.

Since you undoubtedly have seen the primary source, could you please provide a link to it.

Updated 06/20/2014: The Google policy is located here:

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