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Pirating APIs

Posted by smathermather on October 14, 2013

Took me a while to post this, but Pete Warden DM’d me on twitter after this post:  https://smathermather.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/geocoding-in-qgis-the-easy-way/ about geocoding with the following link:

http://petewarden.com/2013/09/09/why-you-should-stop-pirating-googles-geo-apis/

It’s funny, I hadn’t given serious thought to whether this use of Google geocoding was a violation of the terms of service, but he makes some great points about why not only does it violate those terms, but why as advocates of open solutions, we shouldn’t use these solutions.  Go ahead, read it for yourself.  It’s a nice post:

http://petewarden.com/2013/09/09/why-you-should-stop-pirating-googles-geo-apis/

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