Was Google Earth Stolen? (no)

I recently watched “The Billion Dollar Code” limited-series on Netflix, which claims that Google Earth is a rip-off of a project called TerraVision, created by the German art collective ART+COM. The show chronicles their lawsuit against Google, which ultimately failed.

I am drawn to stories of inventors having their work stolen by greedy assholes. I can genuinely relate to the inventors in this case, and their various struggles. If someone is owed credit or money for their invention, I want them get it. And I truly respect the early and innovative work done by ART+COM.

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Avi Bar-Zeev

Avi Bar-Zeev

XR Pioneer (30+ years), co-founded projects at Microsoft (HoloLens), Apple, Amazon, Keyhole (Google Earth), Linden Lab (Second Life), Disney (VR), XR Guild