[Talk-ca] Google Streetview

Robert Shand bob at shand.org.uk
Tue Mar 9 18:10:34 GMT 2010

On 2010-03-08, at 7:07 PM, Paul Johnson wrote:

> On Mon, 08 Mar 2010 15:39:52 -0500, Colin McGregor wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 3:26 PM, James Ewen
>> <ve6srv at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Okay, my last message just got me wondering about other issues...
>>> We all know that it is not appropriate to copy data from Google, or use
>>> their aerial photos to trace out ways. What about looking at the
>>> Streetview photos and reading a street sign? Is that still a prohibited
>>> action?
>>> I can stand on the street corner and read the sign, which is kosher,
>>> but I probably can't look at a streetview photo and read the sign...
>> I would make the assumption that any/all data from Google MAY be
>> doctored. We have seen deliberate map errors added to commercial maps as
>> a way to prove copyright infringement. We have to assume that Google
>> would not be above altering some of their images as a way to again offer
>> proof should anyone attempt to infringe their copyright.
> I would tend to agree with this, as I have spotted street view imagery 
> having been doctored.  I used to live on a one-way street, and the 
> imagery in Street View clearly showed the SV car travelling in the wrong 
> direction on the street.  I pointed this out to Google; they Photoshopped 
> the car out of the imagery for two blocks.

Either that or the guy took a wrong turn.  I've seen other SV where they went down a UK road that they shouldn't have during the hours they did.  I'm sure they didn't read the signs properly - but had I been a cop on duty I would of enjoyed giving them a ticket :p

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