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I would like to use a screenshot of google maps on my company's website. But im not sure they allow using the maps besides through their api. Maybe it's ok if the image points to the google website?

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It isn't allowed. You have to use the Google Maps API or ask for a High Res Screenshot directly to Google.com

link -> http://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html

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openstreetmap.org has a more permissive license. See "How to credit OpenStreetMap" at openstreetmap.org/copyright –  nic Apr 2 '13 at 4:39
    
Which section of that permission documentation actually says it's not allowed? The page currently says Google Earth Pro lets you print high-resolution views, but it doesn't say you can't do the same independently as far as I see. –  Peter Majeed Mar 13 at 14:59
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