Google Cease and Desist

Google Cease and Desist

gMerge has gotten the take down. I received nearly the same cease and desist email in February for the google maps tile grabber. The difference in mine was use of the word “scraping”, rather than “using” (guess it’s a friendlier word?). I had been wondering if Google had just given up after the proliferation of gmaps hacks. Now it looks like the line is being clearly drawn. Assembling google map tiles is a pretty easy thing, expect to see this pop up again.

Anyway, it’s not even necessary to scrape Google. For freely available imagery, MapProxy can build maps worldwide with 30m resolution, and in the US at just the same resolution as gmaps.