Screen recordings of Google Maps will not only infringe Google's intellectual property rights, but will also be rejected for monetization. They will be classified as recycled content. YouTube will only monetise original and unique material that you make yourself. If you include Google Maps screenshots in your videos, they won't be eligible for advertising revenue.
It's best to avoid scraping Google Maps if you want to keep uploading videos. Instead, try using a mapping tool such as Bing Maps or Terraio that are allowed to use Google Maps screenshots. These tools can help you create more informative videos that don't violate any copyright rules.
If you're utilizing Google Maps content in an internet video (e.g., YouTube) for educational, instructive, recreational, or entertaining purposes, you don't require permission, but you must still follow our general principles and properly credit.
Would it be okay if I utilized Google Images to create YouTube videos? Yes, everyone whose photographs are trawled by Google and displayed on Google Images. You CANNOT use them unless they are clearly labeled as copyright free or are covered by a broad C.C. license. Be careful not to infringe upon anyone's rights!
In fact, Google encourages this practice by offering "free images" for use on YouTube and other products. The problem is that these images aren't truly free. They are copyrighted materials that can only be used under license. It's best to check the licensing before using them.
Furthermore, even if you do find a image that has a clear license, you should still use caution not to violate any rights holders' ownership interests. If you upload someone's photo to YouTube and don't have permission to do so, you could be sued by the owner of the copyright.
Finally, Google takes no responsibility for the copyright status of any image you may find through Google Images. Even if an image has a clear license, you should still use your own discretion when using it. Some companies may not want their images used in this way because they're seeking publicity or some other form of commercial benefit. In such cases, you might be forced to remove the image from Google Images or face legal action.
All usage of Google Maps and Google Earth material must credit Google and our data sources. In any case, we do not approve of the usage of content without due acknowledgment. However, Google adds that photos can be used in reports, presentations, the web, or print projects within certain parameters.
Videos are protected by copyright, as are any screenshots taken from them. However, in the United States, there are fair use exceptions that allow even small samples of copyright work to be used for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research without incurring infringement. Large excerpts or complete works may not come within this exception.
It is your responsibility to determine whether or not you have permission to use this material. If you are unsure about how to proceed, contact the owner(s) of the video via email at [email protected] They will be able to advise you on what license you can use the material under.
If you want to utilize Google Maps material in a television ad, please see our "Entertainment and Media" standards to obtain brand permission. You may not utilize images from Google Maps, Google Earth, or Street View in print ads. The same rules apply to all other media including radio, web sites, and more.
Google Maps includes terms of service that govern how customers may use their product. It does not permit the usage of screenshots in the manner you describe. However, we understand that this can be a useful tool for many applications so we have created a custom map image API that allows developers to request small maps images that they can use within their applications.
So, no, putting the photo as a screencap from Streetview violates Google's authorization, resulting in a copyright violation. However, just because something is a copyright violation does not mean that you cannot do it. For example, fair use allows for limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the owner.