[OSM-legal-talk] Using Google Street View to perform "virtual survey"

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 19:39:31 UTC 2014

On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 11:50 PM, Paulo Carvalho <
paulo.r.m.carvalho at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear fellow mappers,
>    Let me present myself to you.  I'm a OSM mapper from the Brazil
> community and a question rose there which caused a split in the group
> regarding Google Street View to perform "virtual surveys", such as taking
> notes of house numbers and plotting them in the maps.
>    After reading
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Legal_FAQ#2a._Can_I_trace_data_from_Google_Maps.2FNokia_Maps.2F....3F, I was pondering about the impossibility of copyright and licenses apply
> to facts and reality (not regarding philosophical aspects).
>    Google Street View photos depict reality or facts, thus I could use
> them to observe reality and derive interpretations which would be genuine
> creative work.  It would be illegal to use the images in Mapillary, for
> instance, but the facts depicted by the images are not property of Google.
>    Your thoughts, please

You may find more discussion of this topic on this OSM help page:

Also, somebody has asked Google regarding Street View. Here is Ed Parsons'

"Checking the odd street names is OK. But every street name I would suggest
> would represent a bulk feed."

And "bulk feed" refers to the Terms of Service:

2(e) [You may not] use the Products in a manner that gives you or any other
> person access to mass downloads or bulk feeds of any Content, including but
> not limited to numerical latitude or longitude coordinates, imagery, and
> visible map data

Hope that helps.
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