Why you should stop pirating Google’s geo APIs


Pete Warden's blog


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This morning I ran across a wonderful open source project called “Crime doesn’t climb“, analyzing how crime rates vary with altitude in San Francisco. Then I reached this line, and honestly couldn’t decide whether to cry or scream: “Here’s the code snippet that queries the Google Elevation API (careful–Google rate limits aggressively)

Google is very clear about the accepted usage of all their geo APIs, here’s the quote that’s repeated in almost every page: “The Elevation API may only be used in conjunction with displaying results on a Google map; using elevation data without displaying a map for which elevation data was requested is prohibited.

The crime project isn’t an exception, it’s common to see geocoding and other closed APIs being used in all sorts of unauthorized ways . Eventutorials openly recommend going this route.

So what? Everyone…

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