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I am currently developing a rich text email editor for iPads (and other platforms) which will soon appear on . One of the email templates I want to add is called "This is my Current Position". It uses and to display a map inside an email.

According to, I need a permission from the system administrators for "distributing an app that uses tiles from". How can I get that permission? I can not find email addresses of the system administrators. Is using the tile server at all?


asked 02 Jun '13, 10:30

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accept rate: 0% uses tiles from the OSM tile server, therefore integrating this into your application would use two types of project resources - the OSM tile server and the server on which the static map script is running. is not intended as a "production" service for use in commercial applications. You would be expected to either

  • set up your own "static map" service (all required software is open source but since it is based on a tile server, you will either have to set up a tile server too or find one that you are allowed to use) or
  • use a free "static map" service with terms of usage that allow commercial use - see e.g. MapQuest's offering or
  • buy a commercial "static map" service
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answered 02 Jun '13, 10:58

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Frederik Ramm ♦
accept rate: 23%


Thanks, got it working with MapQuest in 20 minutes. :-)

(02 Jun '13, 16:38) Marvin

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