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Hi, I see that it's possible to use bing backgrounds in josm and other software like that without license problem (or at least it's what I understand), then my question is if it is possible to use with any api like openlayers, etc but using maps of osm, to avoid licenses problem... I don't want to use bing/google or any commercial license, my need is to have a satellite-view layer but searching in wms servers I don't find any with world support, then I will try to use bing background, but I don't know if it is the best way...

Thanks a lot,

asked 22 May '12, 19:41

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You can display Bing tiles in OpenLayers (I believe the layer you need to use may still be called VirtualEarth). But you seem to think that if you display Bing tiles through OpenLayers they will somehow magically be openly licensed and that's wrong; whenever you display Bing tiles - no matter where, in JOSM, in OpenLayers, or using the Bing API - they will always be under the same license. So, if you don't want the Bing license then you can't use the Bing tiles.

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answered 22 May '12, 20:41

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I know that if not allowed the use of bing tiles in openLayers "without" license, the question is the use of backgrounds in OSM editors that is allowed under "other" license as told in the wiki:

Please note the only legal use of Bing maps is as background to do your own OSM drawing (also known as "tracing"). It is not legal to use any other information from Bing maps (like street names, street view etc).

My question is if it possible to use under the same license showing OSM in openLayers...


(23 May '12, 08:32) togarha

Could you rephrase your question? I'm not sure that I understood that comment.

(23 May '12, 11:57) SomeoneElse ♦

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