Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Updating the Terms of Service



It's been a while since we've made any changes to the Terms of Service for the Maps API. Since I joined the team, I've been hearing day after day that we need to clarify a lot of ambiguities and make it easier for developers to know what they can and can't do. With that in mind, and with the many product updates behind and ahead of us, we gave the Terms of Service a facelift. As always, this only applies to developers using the free version of the Maps API and not to Maps API Premier customers.

I'm sure there will still be the "can I do X if my situation is Y and if it's not Z but also if ..." questions. We can't answer every one of these but will try to keep the FAQ updated, especially for the cases that are cut and dry. For any new complex ambiguous questions, we still recommend you seek your own legal consultation and in the meantime, we'll start a list for the next round of changes to the Terms of Service. :)

We hope these changes will inspire you to create many more new and innovative Google Maps applications using our Maps APIs. We are continually amazed by what is created everyday by all of you and we're looking forward to seeing you continue to build the geoweb using the Google Maps API.