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    Question A 'kmz file' on a commercial website? Is it legal?

    A quick question: Is a 'kmz file' on a commercial website legal? It will just show the location of the company and should allow visitors -provided they have Google Earth on their PC- to 'fly' there. Or do I have to ask Google for permission?

    I could not find anything on the Google Earth legal section which discusses the use of the image data only. I also did not get a response from Google Earth support.

    Any ideas?

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    Mark

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    I wouldn't have thought it would be a problem, if anything it will encourage more people to use GE. Besides, it's not really much different to posting one on a forum like this is it?
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    Hi Mark,

    i'm planning the same, and i guess since GE in Freeware and the Map Sources are publicly available, it should be no problem.
    Lets see other opinions.

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    Nope as long as you don't sell them, At least that what Google Earth said.
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    I'm not an attorney, but I would think that using an application to create a file, then offering that file for download, is completely legal. If I use Microsoft Word to create a .doc file, there is no problem in hosting that file for others to download. If I use Photoshop to create a .psd file, I can host that file on my website and anybody can download it. Same if I create an action in Photoshop, I can host the .atn file for anyone to download.

    And there are currently tons of kmz files on websites all over the world - do a Google search for kmz file , then click past the first ten pages, you will see lots of sites that have kmz files available for download.

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