Google Maps Views policies
Our policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for everyone who uses Google Maps Views, so please follow these policies when submitting photos. From time to time we may change these policies, so please check back here.
The following Google Maps Views Policies apply to any content your account displays or links to, including titles, captions, and any other associated text.
Visual and geographic accuracy: Photos must be real photos that accurately represent the location where they were taken. Photos that aren’t placed in an accurate location on the map may be misleading to Google Maps users and will be removed from Google Maps until the location of the photo is updated to be accurate. (The photo will still be visible in Google+.)
Full 360 view: Photos must show a complete 360 view so that viewers of the photo can rotate around the entire image without seeing breaks in the scene.
Intellectual property: Please don’t upload photos that infringe anyone else’s rights - including copyright. For more information or to file a DMCA request, review our copyright procedures.
Attribution and copyright notices: Small, discreet copyright notices (such as a business name, url, or logo) are allowed at the bottom of the photo if you are the copyright owner. Email addresses and phone numbers are not allowed. If you do add a copyright notice, the text must not take up more than 14% of the image or block any relevant part of the scene.
Advertising and promotion: Please don’t submit photos that contain advertising in the imagery, caption, or comment fields. Discrete logos and attribution information are allowed, as long as phone numbers and email addresses are not included. Please note, any content that facilitates the sale of illegal or regulated products, such as illegal pharmaceutical drugs, will be removed.
Violent content: Don’t upload depictions of graphic or gratuitous violence.
Illegal content: Don’t submit photos that contain unlawful content or promote dangerous and illegal acts.
Impersonation or deceptive content: Don’t pretend to be someone else, and don’t mislead anyone by representing that your photos are authorized or produced by a company or organization if that’s not the case.
Sexually explicit material: We don't allow photos that contain sexually graphic material.
Child Exploitation: Google has a zero-tolerance policy against content that exploits or abuses children. This includes all sexual abuse imagery and all content that presents children in a sexual manner. When we encounter content that appears to exploit children we will terminate the user’s account and report the user to the appropriate authorities.
If you find any content that you think exploits children in this manner, do not +1, reshare or comment on such content, even if your intent is to bring it to Google’s attention. Instead, flag the content through the ‘Report Abuse’ link. If you find content elsewhere on the internet, please contact NCMEC directly.
Personal and confidential information: Don’t post photos that contain another person’s personal and confidential information, including credit card information, government identification number, driver’s license information, etc.
Hate speech: We do not allow photos that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Harassment and bullying: Imagery that appears to harass, bully, or threaten others will be removed. We take online harassment very seriously, and may suspend the accounts of individuals who use Google Maps Views to bully or intimidate others.
Malicious products: Don’t upload any content that contains or link to viruses, malware, or any other malicious or destructive code. Don’t distribute content that harms or interferes with the operation of the networks, servers, or other infrastructure of Google or others.
Spam: Don’t spam Google Maps Views. This means you shouldn’t upload photos with unwanted promotional or commercial content, nor should you upload the same content multiple times.
Report a problem with a photo
To report a photo that violates our sharing policy, click the Report a Problem link on the bottom of the page in Google Maps or in Views when viewing a photo. If we determine it violates our policy, we will remove the image.
Access to your content
Your content in Google products
When uploading your photos to Google Maps Views, your content will be publicly visible to other users. Geolocated photos that are shared on Google Maps may also be displayed in a variety of Google products and services, such as Google Maps for mobile, Google Earth, Google Search, Google+, Google+ Local, and third party sites using embeddable widgets or the Google Maps API. They may also be displayed in gallery pages that feature content shared by users. For more information about how your images may be used by Google or third parties, please see the Terms of Service.
If you don’t want to share the location(s) of your photo(s), please don’t use this service.
Your publicly shared Google+ photos that are tagged to a specific geographic location and your uploaded geotagged photos will appear automatically in Google Maps Views.
Google Maps requires that photos shared through this service be accurately geolocated for the benefit of other users who may view them on the map. This service uses the geotag that is included in the image’s metadata or that you otherwise provide. Use of this service does not impact how other services may use the geotags in your photos and is independent of, and not affected by, your geo location preferences for photos in Google+.
When we’re notified of a potential policy violation, we’ll review the imagery and take appropriate action. (Depending on the violation we may remove the photo from Google Maps, but this does not necessarily mean it will be removed from your Google+ album.)
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