What am I allowed to do with Google Earth?

We get emails quite often from readers asking about permission to use Google Earth data in various projects. Unfortunately, we’re not in a position to answer those questions, and Google typically refers users to simply review the Google Earth Terms of Service.

Now there is a much better answer — the Geo Permissions Website. It uses a simple wizard interface to walk you through your project, then helps you determine if that action is permitted with the Google Geo product that you selected (Earth, Maps, etc).
Here’s a quick video that shows how it works:

Hopefully this nice new tool will help you as you continue developing amazing projects using Google Earth!
(via Ed Parsons)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. The reason why I make a bunch of posts is because then it won’t be long and hard to read.
    If you decide to not make my posts show up because I will not be 100% positive of Google then you are hurting yourself.

  2. Kyle — We call out Google when necessary too, so it has nothing to do about being “100% positive”. However, this new feature of theirs is quite helpful and your posts were simply ranting about how Google uses bots to ban YouTube users, which has nothing to do with this post…

  3. scott Adams says:

    I am writing a book about my father’s World War II company. I want to use 7 images of Google maps and I alter the maps by drawing in the path the company traveled and circle the objectives. I site the source of each map in my end notes.

  4. Please help me. I have gone through the permission page multiple times, and can not find the permission tool. When I try follow a link to get permission it just takes me here:

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