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 used to typically refer users to simply review the standard Google Earth Terms of Service.
Fortunately, back in 2011 Google created a better solution with with 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:
Always remember that if you build something noteworthy using Google Earth, let us know about it so we can feature it here on the site!