Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe (   (408) 425-1601)

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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You should use images that you own in your marketing efforts. Copyright laws protect the owners and legal actions can be very expensive for those who use images without permission.

Jun 17, 2015 12:30 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Probably No, not unless you have permission. Also, MLS guidelines probably state that you can't use any photos that you don't actually own.

Jun 17, 2015 01:48 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Blue Bell, PA

No, in my MLS you have to digitally sign that you are the sole owner of any photos you are posting.  

Jun 17, 2015 01:19 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

It's probably illegal but then again Google uses some of my photographs.

Jun 17, 2015 12:42 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

No, you shouldn't do that. From a legal standpoint, someone can sue.  And, if it's Getty or someone similar, they will win.

Jun 17, 2015 12:36 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

In my Board you need to own the rights of the photo or have permission to use. 

Jun 17, 2015 01:24 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sam Shueh as much as I believe Google is not going to come after you, may be, it's a good idea to just go there and take a picture.....

Jun 17, 2015 08:12 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

No I think you can get in trouble doing that. How hard is it to take a photograph?

Jun 17, 2015 08:04 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't know what the ruling is on Google Earth images. I am sure there are disclosures and feel like you could link to it but shouldn't copy and paste as your own. I always recommend using your own images. 

Jun 17, 2015 07:05 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sam Shueh I would say no, the photos are protected by copyright laws.

Jun 17, 2015 02:53 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's not legal unless the Google image allows commercial re-distribution.  Plus, your MLS may have further restrictions about the images you use.

Jun 17, 2015 02:15 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Legal or not, it is a reflection of one's character.  In our opinion it further damages the public's opinion of real estate agents.  Should the person who owns that picture came after someone, it can be detrimental in many ways.  An assistant of an acquaintance used a photo from a photo sight without paying for it.  It cost our acquaintance $3000 to get rid of the problem.  A

Jun 17, 2015 01:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sam --  I don't answer "legal" questions --- ask an attorney.  


Jun 17, 2015 01:35 AM