Google Legal wrote this to me. You may want to exercise caution when using this program, and avoid
using it to scrape imagery.
Thanks so much for the quick response.
Your site was brought to my attention by the Google Maps team. As best we can
tell (and please tell us if we're wrong), the code you're offering on the site
allows yourself and others to scrape images from our new Street View feature.
While we're always excited to see developers interested in our services, the
scraping of images from Street View is prohibited by our terms of service
( http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/help/terms_maps.html). We'd respectfully
request that you remove the code from your site.
They certainly are being nice about asking me to take down the code, but I really don't think this code fits under their description of a violation of terms of service. Again, you really shouldn't use this program to scrape images. It's just meant to scrape the metadata.. that is the XML data associated with each panorama. Here's what I've written back to Mike Yang (Senior Product Counsel, Legal Dept / Google):
I am not encouraging anyone to scrape imagery off Google. In fact, all I'm
doing is walking the metadata that details the Panoramas. This can be used to
call up images from the API, but again, I am not encouraging anyone to scrape
I would like to see Google open up this API and document it. Our current
documentation is at http://wherecamp.pbwiki.com/Hacking-Google-Street-View ,
but is far from complete. I believe the community at large would benefit from
Google releasing this data in an open way, and allowing people to mashup the
imagery since (at least for SF) is owned by Google and there are no licensing
agreements with other companies like there is with Teleatlas and Google Maps'
I am adding your message to my website now to communicate clearly that I in no
way wish the code to be used to scrape images, and that is not my intention.
If you have any questions or concerns, I of course will do my best to address
them, I in no way wish to make any trouble for you, and I love Google Maps and
what you guys are doing for the geoweb. I only want to provide more tools to
allow developers to use Street View in new and interesting ways.
..waited a day for some feedback.
Thanks for the clarification. We appreciate the suggestion, and will
certainly let you (and the rest of the developer community) know when we have
an official API. In the meantime, though, I still have to request that you
remove the code from your site. As you note on your site, even if you aren't
encouraging the scraping of images with the "Google Street View Scraper", the
code is "meant to scrape the metadata". The scraping of either images or
metadata is prohibited under our terms of service.
As before, we appreciate your interest in Street View. Thanks in advance for