Was Google Earth Stolen? (no)

Avi Bar-Zeev
11 min readOct 12, 2021

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.

Avi Bar-Zeev

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