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[aprssig] APRSdos using MAPquest maps?

Jason Winningham jdw at eng.uah.edu
Tue Jun 27 22:29:10 UTC 2006


On Jun 27, 2006, at 5:02 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:

> Since BMP maps are quite personal to one's personal area
> of interest, it would seem that personal use of ones
> own copy of a MAPQUEST map would be reasonable...

The folks spending the $$$ to provide them don't always see it that way.

http://www.mapquest.com/features/main.adp?page=legal

In particular:

> Accordingly, but subject to the Restrictions set forth in the next 
> paragraph, you may copy this information only as necessary for your 
> personal use to (i) view it on your screen, (ii) save a single copy on 
> your hard drive or disk, (iii) print it, and (iv) transfer it to a 
> portable computer device, provided that you do not remove any 
> copyright notices that appear and do not modify the information in any 
> way. You may not otherwise reproduce, copy, modify, decompile, 
> disassemble or reverse engineer any portion of this information, and 
> may not transfer or distribute it in any form, for any purpose.

So, you can save one copy, can't give it to anyone else, and can't 
modify it (like changing the colors).

It gets worse, though:

> Restrictions: Without limiting the foregoing, you may not use this 
> information with any products, systems, or applications installed or 
> otherwise connected to or in communication with vehicles, capable of 
> vehicle navigation, positioning, dispatch, real time route guidance, 
> fleet management or similar applications. You also may not use this 
> information with or in communication with any mobile or 
> wireless-connected electronic or computer devices (except as provided 
> in subpart (iv) of the preceding paragraph), including without 
> limitation cellular phones, palmtop and handheld computers, pagers, 
> and personal digital assistants or PDAs.

That one explicitly forbids APRS and mobile computing platforms that 
may run APRS.

-Jason
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