Do You Add Google Screenshots to Your Website?

Last Update: November 23, 2015

I think the majority of us here at WA understand the dangers of using images without permission on our websites.

I'm forever adding screenshots of the Google search bar and the search results for various reasons and adding them to my site.

Then a few minutes ago, it suddenly hit me...

"Am I legally allowed to do this, or will my website be de-indexed, be landed with a huge fine and be thrown into prison for twenty years"?

Okay, that last bit might be a little dramatic, but If there's one company that I want to stay on the right side of and that's Google.

Here's the short answer from the horse's mouth.

"You don't need our permission when you want to use an unaltered screenshot of our homepage ( or the search results page for instructional or illustrative purposes. This applies for print (book, magazine, journal, newspaper) or digital (web page, DVD, CD) formats".

I think the most important word here is "unaltered". You can read the page for yourself here which describes the difference between an altered, and an unaltered image.

This is for the UK site, but I presume other country sites will have the same permission but it's definitely worth checking.

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SuzetteH Premium
Thanks for this info Lee. I must be doing something right. I haven't been thrown into jail, lately anyway <wink>.
Mark1957 Premium
Good to know Lee, thanks
Loes Premium
Dangerously edgy I think, I would at least filter for licence for commercial reuse
LeeRaybould Premium
Hi Loes, If I need images I pay for them from a site called Fotolia. I only use screen shots shots of Googles search results or home page search bar for instructional purposes and according to Googles own terms, it's fine to do so.

You can get into trouble for altering the image for promotional purposes, which I wouldn't do.
Loes Premium
Oke, misunderstanding:) Sorry