Re: Support for quadkeys

On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM, Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
<zeeshanak gnome org> wrote:
On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM, Jiří Techet <techet gmail com> wrote:
Hello Mathieu,

the question is - is this quadkeys location encoding usable for
something else than Bing and if not, is it legal to use Bing tiles
with libchamplain? I haven't searched much but found this

which doesn't look very encouraging. Frankly if it's used only by Bing

I don't think this itself should be an argument against merging such a
patch. Not saying that you implied that it is but just wanted to keep
things clear.

Well, my point was that if it really isn't legal to use Bing for some
reason and if quadkeys is only usable for Bing, then this patch is
only useful if you use it in a non-compliant way, which is something I
don't want to support.

and there are any licensing issues,

That is something we really should be concerned about. The post you
pointed to is about a corporate heavy-duty usage of Bing. I'd imagine
that easily going to illegal space.

We gotta read these terms before we can decide if this is going to
easily lead into illegal space or not:

Good luck ;-). I'm afriad that even if I read that I won't understand
all the legal implications it has...

If there isn't any clear legal dangers involved, I'd really love to
use Bing since that is going to give us good satellite imagery. Right
now the one we have is pretty crap when it comes to outside US.


I would be very hesitant to add
such a patch because people would be tempted to use it in a
not-quite-legal way. The last thing I want are some legal disputes
with Microsoft.

If in the end it boils down to that, I can merge the patch for you so
so Microsoft sues anyone, thats me. or my employer. :) However, I
don't think its going to get to that.

I'm not really afraid of that ;-). If there's nothing like "don't use
the Bing service in 3rd party libraries" and it looks it's possible to
use Bing legally, I have no problem with merging the patch and adding
support for Bing in libchamplain.

It would be useful to find if someone else uses the Bing maps too.
I've noticed Garmin uses it in it's Garmin Connect web interface but
so far I haven't seen it in any non-web application, which is why I'm
a bit skeptical if it's legal. Google for instance doesn't allow this.



Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
FSF member#5124

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