[OpenLayers-Users] Google license

Richard Greenwood richard.greenwood at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 20:54:28 EDT 2009

I am confused with regard to the legal aspects of using Google maps in
OL. Is this the license, or terms of service, that governs use of
Google map layers in within OpenLayers:
http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS or is there a different one?

Under http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS It says:
"5.3 You agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the
Services by any means other than through the interface that is
provided by Google..."
So is Google referring to their server interface here, not their
client JavaScript interface? And thus it is okay to use OL instead of
the Google map API?

Basically my questions is: From a legal perspective, is there any
difference between consuming and displaying Google map layers in
OpenLayers as opposed to doing the same in Google maps API? I know
that people are generally reluctant to express legal opinions, but any
general hints or pointers would be appreciated.

Richard Greenwood
richard.greenwood at gmail.com

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