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google maps copyright

Aug 7, 2013, 21:15
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google maps copyright
Hi I thought someone here would have the answer to this: I am supposed to design something for a friend, its a promotional booklet sort of thing, and everything is going ok but he wants there to be a photo of a map to his business on the last page and he has just provided me with a screen shot from google maps... Am I allowed to use that or is there some copyright?
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Aug 7, 2013, 23:12
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RE: google maps copyright
Google Maps are copyrighted, if you make BIG bucks off that booklet you need to get Google to give you permission. Sometimes getting the permission is easier than most people think. You need to get written permission just send them a letter and ask. Explain your project to them.

Now on the other hand, if this is a class project for education? No monies are being made? How much of the image is going to be the Google map and how much is going to be your own work?

Then it could fall under the US fair use copyright laws this law is there to mainly protect people. For example; If the nightly news posted the logo of General Motors behind the anchor would it be fair for GM to sue the nightly news for copyright infringement?
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Aug 8, 2013, 09:09
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RE: google maps copyright
Thanks Wendy! I think Ill just draw the map again to make sure theres no risk. its not really a big budget project but still commercial. I asked my printer (http://print24.com/uk ) too and the said that I should be careful about using that. Also I found this http://www.openstreetmap.org/ and Im gonna find out if that can be used since its open source Smile
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