Re: Support for quadkeys

On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM, Jiří Techet <techet gmail com> wrote:
On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
<zeeshanak gnome org> wrote:
On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Jiří Techet <techet gmail com> wrote:
On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM, Mat <mat parad0x org> wrote:
On 09/12/13 21:59, Jiří Techet 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
and there are any licensing issues, 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.

Thank you guys for responding so quickly.

Honestly I don't know much about the legal aspect of using Bing or
Google maps. My assumption was always that if I were to use libchamplain
to access tiles from, say, Google maps (since their tile servers use
X/Y/Z coordinates) then *I* would be the one infringing on their term of
use, not libchamplain.

Yes, I think this is the case as well. Now let's assume that using
Bing tiles this way isn't legal for some reason. Then what you are
saying is "please modify libchamplain so I can use it in an illegal

If there is no Bing support added directly to libchamplain, its all
about the app then. An app using Bing could and could not be using
Bing legally. IMO not allowing adding of some support for a generic
concept/algorithem in libchamplain in the fear that it *could* be
easily used to connect to a service in a way that the usage is
illegal, is really getting into the paranoia side of being concerned.

I have no problem if it's the *could* case, but when there's no other
use case then it's rather *will* case and I don't want to add
something which is only usable when it violates some license.

Ah ok. Time to ask Karen then. :)

[Date Prev][Date Next]   [Thread Prev][Thread Next]   [Thread Index] [Date Index] [Author Index]