[OSGeo-Discuss] Advice - alternative to google maps v3 Javascript API????

G. Allegri giohappy at gmail.com
Tue Jun 28 02:27:06 PDT 2011

Hi Mark,
using the google APIs thorugh their libraries or thorugh OL doesn't change
your licence position.
AFAIK you can use their services with no charge unitl you don't strictly
make money by means their APIs. Instead you're allowed to provide a
commercial service with no fess if you can document that your incomings are
not directly connected with the APIs use (eg consulting, advertizing, etc.).
Anyway be careful that the Google EULA forbids wrapping their services under
different names. OL publish google tiles directly, i.e. it doesn't proxy or
wraps the Google services.
Here are some Google official notes [1] [2].


PS: If you need support on OL or webgis client dev in general, me and my
company can give it ;)

[1] http://code.google.com/intl/it-IT/apis/maps/terms.html

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2011/6/28 quade <mark at websolving.co.uk>

> Hi all
> I'm trying to develop a vehicle tracking system
> I'd planned to use the google maps api
> However, someone mentioned they want lots of money per year to use it, and
> suggested openlayers instead
> I'm really confused about the whole thing
> Can i use openlayers (or anything else) and use the title maps from google
> maps and still get around the licence issue?
> I'm a .net developer, but have no experience in maps so have a steep
> learning curve
> I would really appreciate some guidance on my options
> Thanks all
> Mark
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