With so much emphasis being placed on "duplicate content," is the usage of Google Static Maps considered to fall under that category, since they are used across the web and could be used in multiple locations within a site.
I know the Google Maps Dynamic API is available, but such programming is often not necessary for basic illustration. i would assume the usage of the dynamic API would be far less likely to be seen as duplicate due to its flexibility.
It is mysterious to me what is and is not a penalty in terms of the usage of maps, which are such common widgets that many sites make use of. I suppose we can only speculate if it is a penalty.