We want to pull info and images from google’s places API for our travel website. We are trying to figure out if these images are able to be used or will we run into copyright issues? Thanks
In general, such images are protected by copyright, and may not be used without permission, except to the limited degree that fair use applies (or fair dealing outside the US), which would not seem to fit the circumstances of the question. Google has a complex set of terms and permissions documents. These grant permission in limited circumstances to muse their content, which includes their images. What seem to be the relevant section included the following:
The google places policy says:
If your application displays data from the Places API on a Google Map, then the Google logo will be included and may not be altered. Applications that display Places API data on the same screen as a Google Map are not required to provide further attribution to Google.
If your application displays data from the Places API on a page or view that does not also display a Google Map, you must show a Powered by Google logo with that data. For example, if your application displays Places API data on one tab, and a Google Map with that data on another tab, the first tab must show the Powered by Google logo.
The Google Maps Platform FAQ says:
You may not access the maps or satellite images through any mechanism besides the Google Maps Platform (such as the creation of your own mapping API or the use of a bulk tile download script). Your application's access to the tiles will be blocked if it accesses them outside of the Google Maps Platform. See the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service for more details.
You may not store and serve copies of images generated using the Maps Static API from your website. All web pages that require static images must link the src attribute of an HTML img tag or the CSS background-image attribute of an HTML div tag directly to the Maps Static API so that all map images are displayed within the HTML content of the web page and served directly to end users by Google.
Subject to your compliance with this Agreement's terms, Google grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use Google Maps/Google Earth, including features that allow you to: ... publicly display Content with proper attribution online, in video, and in print ...
When using Google Maps/Google Earth, you may not ... copy the Content (unless you are otherwise permitted to do so by the Using Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View permissions page or applicable intellectual property law, including "fair use"); ... do anything inappropriate, illegal, or in violation of others' rights (including their privacy, publicity, and intellectual property rights).
Generally speaking, as long as you’re following our Terms of Service and you’re attributing properly, you can use our maps and imagery
All uses of the content must provide attribution to both Google and our data providers. We require clear, visible attribution when the content is shown.
... you may export an image from Google Earth or Earth Studio to add custom labels or graphics using third-party software.
It is clear that the above allows displaying an unaltered image within a google maps or google places display, which can be embedded in a web site. It seems that, as long as proper attribution is preserved, images may be displayed outside of a google maps display, although not on the same page or in connection with any non-google map. (It is very clear that any display must fully preserve and make visible at all times the full attribution info supplied by Google.) However this is not nearly as clear. You may well want to consult a lawyer, or ask for clarification directly from Google.