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[aprssig] cell phone sized radar cgi on findu?

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Wed Sep 26 14:50:28 UTC 2007


On Sep 26, 2007, at 10:30 AM, Andrew Rich wrote:

> That turns out to be hard to do, you cannot grab single tiles from
> Google, you can only use their code, which requires javascript,
> something lacking in most cell phones.
>
> Que ?
>
> I have been doing this just recently using perl

I didn't say that it was technically impossible, just that one can't  
do it, the reason is legal. The terms that Google provides Google  
Maps prohibits the use of the map data outside their application.

With the low volume you grab, the odds are small they will sue you,  
and if the morality doesn't bother you, go for it. If findU started  
pulling millions of tiles from them a day, they would be a lot more  
likely to notice, and even if they didn't, I make the personal choice  
to respect property rights, even those of billion dollar corporations.

That is the same reason I had to pull the MapBlast maps from the site  
when Microsoft bought them and changed the terms of service.

Steve K4HG







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