Google Shuts Down Map Hack

Sooner or later it had to happen: a Google Maps hack crossing a previously unknown line and Google putting a stop to the fun. Google’s been pretty good about hacks in general (see previous entries: 1, 2), but they’ve informed the people behind Google Maps Wallpapers (see previous entry) that the site violated their terms of service, and asked — politely! — that it be shut down. From the ensuing Slashdot discussion (proceed at your own risk), it looks like it crossed the line between personal use and derivative work. It’s all about Google’s own licences with the providers of the satellite and aerial photography, apparently, which some hacks (but not others) may put at risk, if I understand all of this correctly. Via O’Reilly Radar.