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I wonder... Is it okay to use screen shots taken from Google Earth or live-streaming web cams? (I mean from when you are roaming around on street views.) Since I started writing little "vignettes of life" bios, I've been visiting towns and villages where I once lived via Google Earth and sometimes web cams (which of course are recording in the moment and keep changing). I would love to use pix of these places (at angles I choose) but I'm not sure of the rules in such circumstances. Anybody know?

And by the way, anybody else like traveling the world via satellite pix or web cams? When my mom was dying I discovered a wonderful web cam app (Live Cams Pro) on my then-new iPhone and spent sleepless nights comforted by watching people all over the world taking part in their daily lives, albeit from a distance. I'm gonna chance posting an edited photo I took late one night of Borgholm, Sweden, after one of their snow storms. I will remove it and replace it if it is inappropriate, though I can't imagine why it would be, since it is my capture of a moment in time...

Please let me know dear PPers...

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Kasman wrote on March 7, 2015, 5:08 PM

BodieMor - As far as Google Earth images are concerned you can't use them on Persona Paper or any other blogging site where you get paid unless you get permission from GE themselves. Go here for more information on this:

Concerning screenshots in general they are usually the intellectual property of the site owners and permission should be sought before you use them.

As far as Persona Paper is concerned the basic site rules will apply - any image you do not have a right to use may result in you not being paid for your work.

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SoundNFury wrote on March 7, 2015, 5:08 PM

I love virtually going around the city with Google Earth. I don't know for sure, but my hunch is that there is probably some kind of copyright issue with Google Earth images. That's just my guess. Not sure about web cams. Wish I could offer more information.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 7, 2015, 5:28 PM

I too have no idea, but you can hope MaeLou sees your post and jumps in to offer you some advice.

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BodieMor wrote on March 7, 2015, 10:02 PM

Thank you very much for the link. I tried to fill out a form, but the only one available was for professional sounding "companies". Otherwise they say "You can personally use an image from the application (for example on your website, on a blog or in a word document) as long as you preserve the copyrights and attributions including the Google logo attribution. However, you cannot sell these to others, provide them as part of a service, or use them in a commercial product such as a book or TV show without first getting a rights clearance from Google." Do you know what they mean by "preserve the copyrights and attributions..."etc.?

bestwriter wrote on March 7, 2015, 10:30 PM

Our expert Kasman has answered your query. Take his word. emoticon :smile:

BodieMor wrote on March 8, 2015, 1:17 AM

From what I can tell by the link Kasman provided, it won't be a problem providing I acknowledge what they want acknowledged, which I haven't quite figured out how to do. And yeah, isn't Google Earth on street view amazing?

BodieMor wrote on March 8, 2015, 1:19 AM

I've gotten some advice that is helpful, but I'm still working on figuring out where to go with it, lol...

BodieMor wrote on March 8, 2015, 1:20 AM

I perused the link thoroughly, and I think I'll be okay, but still have to research more...

bestwriter wrote on March 8, 2015, 1:29 AM

If you find anything do get back. We all will learn something. emoticon :smile:

trufflehunter wrote on March 8, 2015, 3:44 AM

That's an interesting question. Perhaps the site admins can tackle it.

Kasman wrote on March 8, 2015, 8:23 AM

BodieMor - it simply means that you must leave in place any copyright notices or Google logos which might appear on a page you are considering using as a screenshot.

The pertinent part of their statement is the bit which says 'use them in a commercial product' - Persona Paper is a commercial blogging site (you get paid) and you can't use Google Earth screenshots on this site without the permission of Google.

Fill out the form anyway. Many of these permissions forms have a very official look to them but they do receive requests from individuals (I have done so several times). If the reply is positive don't forget to save the email just in case Persona Paper admin ask to see it as proof of your right to use the images.

PS: I just took another look at the Google Earth permissions page - it is quite comprehensive and a little daunting! There are multiple sub-categories some of which you may need to explore but basically they will either say 'Yes' or 'No'. Good luck! (would love to know how you get on).

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 8, 2015, 8:56 AM

I love looking at places on google earth and also there´s a live streaming webcam on a Bognor Regis beach that I nip over to when I need to see, hear the sea. Can´t answer your question though. try MaeLou or elitecodex .

BodieMor wrote on March 10, 2015, 1:44 AM

I'll give it a shot as soon as I have some extra time and I'll let you know... Thanks for your help! emoticon :smile:

grandma20121 wrote on March 11, 2015, 4:13 PM

i wish i could help you with the answer to your question but I am not familar with Google Earth I have never used it before, you might want to ask Google Earth or Persona Paper the question.

seren3 wrote on March 17, 2015, 1:15 PM

It was fun watching through that webcam when we did! I see they have had the usual heavy snowfalls.

BodieMor wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM

I'm thinking that right now they are very busy with other important issues... but thanks for the suggestion!

BodieMor wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:31 PM

Could you send me a link to it, here? I would love to check it out! emoticon :smile:

BodieMor wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:32 PM

I have checked out Google Earth and their explanations and suggestions are so complicated, I think I may just pass... emoticon :winking:

BodieMor wrote on March 17, 2015, 6:33 PM

I don't think they had much snow this year. The pic is from a few years back...

CalmGemini wrote on March 19, 2015, 12:38 AM

I do not know about these things .Kasman has given you all relevant information and the links.

iamshane487 wrote on March 31, 2015, 11:49 PM

Sounds like a very engaging app!
Sorry if I can't answer you on that, but sir Kasman is now giving you hint.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 10, 2015, 9:55 AM

We see a lot of questions like this one on writing sites, asking what the site rules are. But even before you ask the writing site owners if you can post a given image, the more important part is do you have permission from the copyright owner? In the case of Google, they are very specific about what you can and can't do. But as Kasman says, it's still worth filling out the form to ask about using the screenshots here on PP. They may consider it commercial use, but they may also make an exception...

Kasman wrote on June 10, 2015, 1:53 PM

BodieMor - Ruby3881 makes a good point about sites making exceptions to their copyright rules. I have found that a polite request accompanied with a full explanation of why and how I intend to use an image will often result in a positive reply - I have gained permission to use certain Flickr 'All Rights Reserved' images from both Flickr and individual contributors to that site by doing so.

BodieMor wrote on June 11, 2015, 5:12 PM

Thanks to both of you for your elucidating info, but I think I will forget about Google Earth screenshots. emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on June 12, 2015, 3:19 AM

Just out of curiosity, when would you approach Flickr itself for permissions? Aren't all images on the site property of the users who post them?

Kasman wrote on June 12, 2015, 2:28 PM

Ruby3881 - a while back I wrote a post on how to find and credit images from Flickr ( ). This involved using screenshots of the site and, of course, they are the intellectual property of Flickr (Yahoo, actually since that's who owns Flickr). I had to gain permission for the use of certain screenshots or I would not have been able to write that post - at least not in the way I did write it. If you take a look at that post you will see how I went about it. Note that the Yahoo/Flickr permission is included at the end of the post.

Ruby3881 wrote on June 12, 2015, 3:00 PM

Ah OK, that makes perfect sense! I wasn't thinking about screen shots emoticon :smile:

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 17, 2015, 11:34 PM

I never knew the Live Cams Pro app existed. Thanks for sharing this informative information.