Monday, October 24, 2011

Panoramio and Copyright

We just published the results of the Panoramio Contest of August 2011. In the results we had this fantastic photo from  Tore Heggelund:

 

The Panoramio community realized immediately though, that the image was not linked from Tore’s gallery but from another user’s gallery. The image was copied, published in another account’s gallery and submitted to the Panoramio monthly contest.

As soon as we realized the abuse, we corrected the mistake and took action on the infringing account. Since it was so swiftly reported through our users, I want to thank the Panoramio Community for finding and reporting this abuse. At the same time I want to use the opportunity to clarify the DMCA procedure.

When you upload an image to Panoramio you can decide on the permissions you give to that image following the Creative Commons (CC) licensing. You can define the license photo by photo or you can have a general setting across all the photos you upload in Panoramio. To change this, you can go to your Settings page in the “Sharing, licenses and copyright” section.

Adding CC licensing to your image will not avoid misuse of your material, but it will give you the right to complain about it. If your image has been copied within Panoramio you can report it using the DMCA infringement form. If the image is copied in any other Google property, you have also available a general Google DMCA form.

It may happen in some cases that a photo hosted in Panoramio is displayed in another site or media. If the site displaying the image is not using the Panoramio API to do so, or it is not following the rights that you are providing in your CC licensing, you can file a complain directly to the site that is infringing your rights. In most of the cases they are not aware they are infringing your rights and they may take action following your notification.

Thanks again for your help on this and thanks for respecting the rights of the photographers.

For more information regarding this subject, please visit the documentation about copyright in our help content.

Published by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of July-August 2011: Scenery

I am happy to announce the results of the Scenery category for the Panoramio contest of July 2011 and August 2011.

The First Prize for July is for a photo taken by ©jjkphotos.com in Canada. Scenery First prize

The First Prize for August is for a photo taken by BEDRİ AKÇAYin Turkey. Scenery Second prize

The Second Prize for July is for a photo taken by Falke in Oz in Germany. Scenery First prize

The Second Prize for August is for a photo taken by zeemalik. Scenery Second prize

You can see all the winners in the results page for July 2011 and the results page for August 2011

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of July and August 2011: Heritage

I am happy to announce the results of the Heritage category for the Panoramio contest of July 2011 and August 2011.

The First Prize for July is for a photo taken by Roberto Bubnich in the Italy. Scenery First prize

The First Prize for August is for a photo taken by yarhold in Ukraine. Scenery First prize

The Second Prize for July is for a photo taken by Alireza Javaheriin Beijing, Iran. Scenery Second prize

The Second Prize for August is for a photo taken by helkiin Valencia. Scenery Second prize

You can see all the winners in the results page for July 2011 and the results page for August 2011

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of July and August 2011: Travel

I am happy to announce the results of the Travel category for the Panoramio contest of July 2011 and August 2011.

The First Prize for July is for a photo taken by blackdiamondimages in New Zealand. Scenery First prize

The First Prize for August is for a photo taken by Ultima Gaina in NY. Scenery First prize

The Second Prize for July is for a photo taken by Dave Wrightin California. Scenery Second prize

The Second Prize for August is for a photo taken by Egbert Röderin Germany. Scenery Second prize

You can see all the winners in the results page for July 2011 and the results page for August 2011

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of July and Augus 2011: Unusual Location

I am happy to announce the results of the Unusual Location category for the Panoramio contest of July 2011 and August 2011.

The First Prize for July is for a photo taken by Özcan MALKOÇERin Turkey. Scenery Second prize

The First Prize for August is for a photo taken by © Jim Ross in Arizona. Scenery First prize

The Second Prize for July is for a photo taken by Mahdi Kalhorin Iran. Scenery Second prize

The Second Prize for August is for a photo taken by jérôme bastianelli in NY. Scenery First prize

You can see all the winners in the results page for July 2011 and the results page for August 2011

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Google Earth downloaded more than one billion times


[Cross-posted from the Google Latlong blog]

How large is one billion? One billion hours ago modern humans were living in the Stone Age. One billion minutes ago, the Roman Empire was flourishing. If you traveled from Earth to the Moon three times, your journey would measure one billion meters.

Today, we’ve reached our own one billion mark: Google Earth has been downloaded more than one billion times since it was first introduced in 2005. That’s more than one billion downloads of the Google Earth desktop client, mobile apps and the Google Earth plug-in—all enabling you to to explore the world in seconds, from Earth to Mars to the ocean floor.




We’re proud of our one billion milestone, but we’re even more amazed at the way people have used Google Earth to explore the world. When we founded Keyhole, Inc. back in 2001 (the company was acquired by Google in 2004), we never imagined our geospatial technology would be used by people in so many unexpected ways. At www.OneWorldManyStories.com, we’ve collected stories from people all over the world who use Google Earth to follow their dreams, discover new and distant places, or make the world a better place.

 


Visit www.OneWorldManyStories.com to learn about people like Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia, who’s used Google Earth to scan thousands of square kilometers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Professor Kennedy has discovered ancient tombs and geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years, all without leaving his desk in Perth. Architect Barnaby Gunning, after the April 6, 2009 earthquake near L’Aquila Italy, encouraged his fellow citizens to start rebuilding the city virtually in 3D. Their online urban planning will aid city planners and architects. Retired English teacher Jerome Burg created Google Lit Trips, which uses Google Earth to match places in famous books to their geographical locations, encouraging students to create connections between the stories they read in school and the world they live in. 

We hope you enjoy the site, and that it illustrates how some of those one billion downloads of Google Earth have been making a difference. You can explore these stories right in your browser with the Google Earth plug-in or download the KML files to view in Google Earth. If you have a Google Earth story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you

If you don’t have Google Earth, download it now and be part of the next billion stories. While it’s inspiring to see how Google Earth has touched the lives of so many, we know the best is yet to come.