Can I use Bing Map aerial image to make 3D building or terrain model? If yes, how to attribute? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, I want to construct a 3D terrain and building model with the use of Bing Map aerial image as texture. I checked the terms of Bing Map and could not find the restriction on this use. I want to know:

    1. Can we use the output from Bing Map (including aerial image) to make 3D model?
    2. If yes, how should I attribute Bing Map? After using the aerial image as texture, the default Bing logo on the map will be likely removed. Is it ok if I add the Bing logo on my texture or on the text description of the model on my web page?

    My output will be available free to public in web or app based. Any advice will be appreciated, thanks a lot!

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 4:35 AM

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  • Hi Ethan,

    Can you tell me more about your final goal?  Are you adding your own new buildings and using Bing Imagery as a backdrop for example?

    Our TOU ( has clear guidelines not to obscure the logo and attribution for print and media use but you are intending to use this on the web or in an application so that has different rules.

    For an application, we have both Windows ( and Android/iOS ( native controls that will render 3D maps like you see in the Windows Map Application under 3D cities.

    As web browsers do not allow us access to the rendering engine, we offer bird's eye oblique views through the V8 control (

    Last but not least we do have a 3D table top experience for MR/VR for Unity applications ( that might be an option for you.

    So the answer to your question, without more details are:

    1. Yes, you can use Bing Maps to create 3D models for your own use

    2. No, you can not use/redistribute those models in an application or web page based on the TOU given above. 



    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 4:02 PM