The copyright status of a photo does not change when you post it in Panoramio. Photos are copyrighted according to the decision of the owner: standard copyright, copyleft, Creative Commons license, and so on.
When you post a photo in Panoramio, you grant Google the right to use it as follows:
Third parties who use the Panoramio API can display your photos, but they must credit you by displaying your name under the photo. Third parties are not allowed to download or copy your photos. More information is available in the API page and in the Terms of Service.
Please visit our DMCA page where you will find all the information on how to file a notice.
There are two ways that another site might legitimately display your photo:
A site that uses the Panoramio API can show photos that appear on Panoramio, free of charge. The site must credit the photographer and link to the original photo page. Sites that use the Panoramio API cannot store copies of the photos.
However, if you suspect that the owner of another site copied your photo improperly, you'll need to contact that site to resolve things.
We can act only to resolve issues of copying within Panoramio. If someone copies your photos to another site, you'll need to take action yourself.
To use, copy, print, or download a photo from Panoramio, you must get explicit permission from the photographer. To contact a photographer to ask for permission, add a comment to the photo or use the Private messaging feature. The owner of the photo will receive an email with your comment and can contact you back.
You can not use the photos for any commercial or business purpose other than with the explicit permission of the photographer. To contact a photographer to ask for permission, add a comment to the photo or use the Private messaging feature. The owner of the photo will receive an email with your comment and can contact you back.