[OSM-dev] complying with google/bing/yahoo geocoding terms of service

Ian Dees ian.dees at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 21:26:14 BST 2011

This isn't a Google mailing list so you shouldn't expect answers about
Google products, but:

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:21 PM, Michael Katz <michaeladamkatz at yahoo.com>wrote:

> In my OpenLayers application application, the user will have the option of
> using many types of basemaps: google, bing, yahoo, OSM, plus some custom
> types.
> I see that in the terms of usage for google, bing, and yahoo, it says that
> geocoding results must be used with the corresponding map (e.g., results
> from google's geocoding service must be displayed in some way on a google
> map). I also see they all put a limit on the number of geocoding calls you
> can make per day.
> Two questions about this:
> (a) I'm trying to understand how strict the part about using the result on
> the corresponding map is. For instance, if my application offers all these
> various map types, including google, is that sufficient for using google
> geocoding results on *any* of the map types. Or would I have to use google
> geocoding only when the user has selected a google basemap, bing geocoding
> when the user has selected a bing basemap, and so on? If that's the case,
> what are my options for geocoding when OSM is the base map?

In the strictest sense, you are only allowed to use Google's geocoder if you
display the results on a Google Maps API (mobile or web), but I have not
seen this rule enforced.

> (b) I'm trying to understand whether the daily limits on the number of
> calls to the geocoding service are per machine or per application across all
> client machines. I think it must be the former, but it's not clear.

It is per API key.
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