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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 09-02-2010 05:34 PM 941 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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09-02-2010 05:34 PM

If you design something on Google sketchup, does your design belong exclusively to you? Or does Google retain some sort of ownership or intellectual property rights over your designs? I just gots to know…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 09-02-2010 05:59 PM

Yes and no:

The Google Software allows you to access and view certain content, including photographic imagery provided by Google and its licensors (the “Content”). By using the Google Software, you do not receive any, and Google and/or its licensors retain all ownership rights in the Content. You may not use, access or allow others to use or access the Content in any manner not permitted under the Terms and Conditions, unless you have been specifically permitted to do so by Google or by the owner of that Content, in a separate agreement. The Photo Textures feature provides access to certain Street View imagery, to enable creation of photo-textured models (the “Street View Content”). Google grants you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publicly perform and publicly display, and create derivative works of the Street View Content as embodied in a model created with the Photo Textures feature (a “Photo Textures Model”). You may not disassociate or separate the Street View Content from the Photo Textures Model. Without Google’s prior written authorization, you may not use or distribute a Photo Textures Model in a mapping or geographic application or service (other than a Google Service).

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 06:11 PM

Thanks, lew!
So, conversely, do others have access to my work, and does Google profit from disseminating data from my participation in Sketchup? Should I just buy some sort of design software and keep it off-line if access by others is a problem?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 06:21 PM

You are saving to your computer unless you want to put in the warehouse then it becomes public.

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 06:40 PM

no one including google has access to your work unless you personally and manually give someone access by either sending them your work, or by posting it online.

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 08:18 PM

“The Content” as stated only applies to photographic imagery provided by Google or its licensees. The model you design yourself in Sketchup would not apply as being photographic imagery. However, if you use their textures to give photo realistic images to your surfaces in the model then this may apply to your Sketchup model. In regards to making models for your woodworking projects it might come into play if you use the Google supplied wood textures in your model. I’ve used their textures in my own models before and have never really been all that worried about this issue. I have also discovered its easy to take any digital photo image and use it as a texture for a surface in your model. Given that when I want my model to look like a particular species of wood I go find a photo of the wood species on line (usually at http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/) and use those photos to generate textures on my photo realistic images of my designs.

In most all cases you should obtain the rights to the model design itself, but there may be some loss in the rights of your design if you post to Googles 3D warehouse space – certainly you have made it publicly accessible and by your action of posting it have in essence given permission for it to be disseminated and used. If you keep it saved on your local machine and never post it online you will not run into an issue with this.

Personally I love Google Sketchup for doing everything from fairly simple models just to figure out basic dimensions and maybe some of my joinery decisions to more detailed models to show to my wife or friends for projects they ask for or to show to clients for the occasional commission job that I get so I can get approval on the design before committing saw blade to wood. I wouldn’t let your concerns about Google possibly having some limited rights to your designs get in the way of your use of this design tool and I doubt you will ever run into a practicable limitation on the use of your own designs for your own work belonging to you. Especially given the power of the tool versus its actual cost for the basic non-Pro SketchUp (free!!!!).

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 10:55 PM

As Sharon said, your documents are secure and “legal” when they are stored on your own computer.

If you post them online- Lumberjocks, Photobucket, Google Docs, Facebook, etc,etc- you are then making them public. Once public AND if you used one of Google’s contents AND tried to generate an income from your drawings I think you may have a problem.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 06:55 PM

Thanks, lew and every one who took the time to reply!
I’m still smarting over that ‘RSS scraping’ issue from a few months ago, and haven’t really been posting stuff worthy of stealing since. I want to learn Sketchup, but you can perhaps understand my hesitation to once again discover that I’ve been pirated.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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