Panoramio Help

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:

  • Host it
  • Display it
  • Make the photo available from the APIs

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.

Policy questions and answers

A Panoramio user copied my photo without my permission. How to file a complaint?

Please visit our DMCA page where you will find all the information on how to file a notice.

Another website is displaying my photo. Is that allowed?

There are two ways that another site might legitimately display your photo:

  • The site uses an embedded Panoramio map, as described in a previous section.
  • The site uses the Panoramio API.

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.

For more information about your rights, please review the Panoramio Terms of Use. In brief, the Terms of Use explain that you retain rights over photos that you upload to Panoramio, but that you allow Google to display the photos through services such as the Panoramio API.

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.

Can I use, copy, print or download a photo from Panoramio?

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 do not need permission to use the Panoramio API to display Panoramio photos on your site. For more information, see the API page.

Can I make commercial use of a photo from Panoramio?

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.