torsdag den 29. januar 2009

Check 'I Agree' to Continue – The Scary Yet Intriguing Truth about Web Mapping Terms of Service

En meget grundig gennemgang af de betingelser man underlægger sig ved brugen af mere eller mindre gratis kort og data ... En gennemgang af det som står med småt imellem linierne ...

A very in depth walk through of all the terms of use ... Almost free means a lot more than that ... Very important stuff that only a few really dive into ...


By Adena Schutzberg Directions Magazine 
Building Mashups
Let's move on to a "deeper" use of mapping services: building mashups using an API. In that case an additional document or one substantially different from an "end user" ToS may apply.

Google uses a single document for both the Google Maps and Google Earth APIs. At the very top is the date of the document's last update. As of this writing, that update occurred on November 26, 2008. That's a good reminder that ToS agreements change. Google (and many others) include details about the licensee's (that is, the developer's) responsibility regarding ToS changes in the document.
"1. 1.5 Changes to the Terms. Google reserves the right to make changes to the Terms from time to time. When these changes are made, Google will make a new copy of the Terms available at You understand and agree that if you use the Service after the date on which the Terms have changed, Google will treat your use as acceptance of the updated Terms. If a modification is unacceptable to you, you may terminate the agreement by ceasing use of the Maps APIs."
Be aware that these terms do not say that Google is obligated to tell the licensee the terms have changed. The licensee is responsible for keeping up-to-date. Indeed, this set of terms changed several times within the month of November 2008 alone! Further, this ToS references and requires acceptance of two other documents, which may themselves change: Google's Legal Notices and Privacy Policy.  [...]

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