Are there any legal issues with using Google data?

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Aug 31, 2010 at 1:54 PM


I have just implemented GMaps as a feature into a commercial asset management application (windows forms) and was wondering if anyone knows what the legal implications of using google, bing, etc. maps is. We sell to government bodies and some businesses and I'm not sure if them using the google, bing etc. data in this was is OK or not.



Nov 9, 2010 at 8:14 PM

NOT ok. Look at section 10.9...

pretty much no business/enterprise use whatsoever. 

GMaps has a hard-coded developer API key in it to make it work for demos. I hope you didnt distribute that to customers.



Nov 9, 2010 at 8:36 PM

if they use geocoding, it's their responsibility to change it, but not necessary ;} because default key has limits, so you share that limit with all who use that default key

...anyhow these functions are just extensions, the main point is the map control, whatever the source of the tiles

Nov 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM
Edited Nov 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM

"Can I use Google Maps in my non-Web application? 

Yes, the Google Maps APIs can now be used in Desktop applications, provided that they adhere to the other restrictions of the Terms of Service. Note that in order for a desktop application to be deemed "publicly accessible", there must be a publicly accessible webpage from which it can be downloaded. See Section 7.1c( of the Terms of Service for more information."

Nov 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM
Can I access the Maps and Satellite images directly?

You may not access the maps or satellite images through any mechanism besides the Google Maps APIs (such as the creation of your own mapping API or the use of a bulk tile download script). Your application's access to the tiles will be blocked if it accesses them outside of the Google Maps APIs. See section 5.3 of the Google Terms of Use for more details.

Jun 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM

If I implemented GMaps just using the OpenStreetMap data would this be OK or is the google API still used in some way?

Jun 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM

if you don't use google maps, then you don't use it ;} quite simple, openstreet is ok