[OpenLayers-Dev] Google Maps API Terms of Use changes

Eric Lemoine eric.lemoine at camptocamp.com
Mon Apr 23 12:27:02 EDT 2012

On Monday, April 23, 2012, Martin Reckziegel wrote:

>  Hello,
> Am 23.04.2012 14:31, schrieb Helge Fahrnberger:
> Last week Google updated their TOS in a way that could affect OpenLayers:
>  "This update clarifies that you are not permitted to use or provide any
> content provided by the Maps API in an API that you offer to others, even
> if your implementation provides substantial additional features or content."
> See
> http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.com/2012/04/update-to-google-maps-api-deprecation.html
>  This kills the Google layers, doesn't it? It is probably a direct
> reaction for all large websites flocking to OSM, OL and Leaflet as a result
> of the end of the free Google Maps API.
> it would be very sad, if this would be the case.
> But the blogpost is abit confusing. The Section 10.2 (a) (ii) of the
> actual terms and conditions (https://developers.google.com/maps/terms)
> state:
> "...For clarity, you are NOT 're-implementing or duplicating' Google
> Maps/Google Earth if your Maps API Implementation provides substantial
> additional features or content beyond Google Maps/Google Earth, and those
> additional features or content constitute the primary defining
> characteristic of your Maps API Implementation."
> So the main question in my opinion is, wether Openlayers is related to
> 10.2 (a) (i) and if not, if the example in 10.2 (a) (ii) for not
> reimplementing is related to Openlayers.
> Does anybody know a link to the text of the Google T&C before this april
> 20 update?
> kind regards
> Martin
I'm afraid the comments in the blog post and 10.2 (a) in the TOS make it
quite clear that it is not permitted to wrap the Google Maps API in another
mapping API like OpenLayers. I guess we need to verify this with Google.

Eric Lemoine

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