[Taxacom] Google Maps again

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at wesleyan.edu
Thu May 6 17:37:58 CDT 2010

>> The Lat/Lng Marker works this way: hover the cursor over a spot,
>> then right-click. At the bottom of the context menu is 'Drop
>> Lat/Lng Marker'. Choose this, and a marker appears at the spot,
>> again with lat/long in decimal degrees.
> I just want to point out that I frequently used Google maps/earth in
> this way until I learned that extracting coordinates for use outside
> of Google products violates the terms of service. See section 10.12
> etc.

Where do you see this?  The Google Maps/Earth ToS only goes up to 7,
and the general terms section 10 refers to decompiling the source
code.  Section 2(f) does say you can't "use the Products in a manner
that gives you or any other person access to mass downloads or bulk
feeds of any Content, including but not limited to numerical
latitude or longitude coordinates, imagery, and visible map data",
but I don't see any way that taking individual points, even a lot of
them, could be interpreted as mass downloads or bulk feeds.  As I
see it, it's referring to duplicating the whole content of the map

Karl Magnacca
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Hawaii-Hilo

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