We have now become aware of your efforts and are concerned that you may not understand the developing global social impact of your engineering creativity.
Wow they have some great legal research staff at google, it took an article on digg before they noticed Gaia existed.
The data that we license for Google Earth and Google Maps is made available for use under the restriction that it not be accessed or used outside of Google’s client software.
We only have googles word for this, I’m not about to believe it without proof, sorry but my faith in corporate honesty isn’t what it used to be.
We appreciate that you like our software and enjoy the many millions of dollars and years of labor that the licensed data represents…..
…..and most of all, the sense of fair-play that is the basic relationship between Google and its users worldwide.
Can I hear violins?
The kindness through which Google has made the wonder of our planet available to more than 100 million users around the world is now threatened — not by a menacing and fierce business competitor — but by you.
Kindness==profit? Guess my dictionary is wrong, and actually wasn’t it keyholes kindness that made this happen, google just bought them out and rebranded keyhole. Oh and Mr Balmer look Michael called you menacing and fierce, get the steel chair ready ;).
If so, we really need to have you take down that code and refocus your work toward building an open earth viewer that uses open earth images (such as from NASA) or licensed earth images from willing providers rather than having the basis of your project being the improper use of our images.
Hate to tell you this Michael but there is this little open source program called World Wind that already does that, and has since before Google Earth existed, and for multiplatform there is ossimPlanet, WW2D+1 …….
We are like an iPod for Earth images. If people could get the music out to play on other platforms then the music companies would not allow Apple access to the music in the first place. This is the situation.
You sure are the ipod of Earth images, oh gosh I can’t go on too many easy jokes to make about that comment, I’ll just let you readers make them and post them in the comments section, lets see how many google ipod jokes are possible.