Who can I contact for permission to use the tile server?

asked 03 Jul, 16:25

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It depends on which tile server you're talking about. If it's the "Standard" tile layer provided by the OpenStreetMap Foundation, you don't need to ask for permission, but you do need to follow their Tile Usage Policy. This policy is being more strictly enforced recently due to abuse, so failure to comply with the policy could mean you get cut off.

If you're planning to use the tiles in any significant amount (e.g. as part of a commercial application), you should look at setting up your own tile renderer or use a third-party service.

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answered 03 Jul, 16:50

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I would not describe us as a 'heavy' user, but we are an open-source software project that includes a plug-in module that utilizes the tile server.

Our plug-in was recently cut-off from using the tile server and we would like to know if there is anything we might do to correct it. We are unclear as to whether we were identified as a 'heavy-user' or if it was something else tagged as non-compliant with your usage policy. We used the jsmapkit library in the plug-in and are happy to change parameters if necessary.

(03 Jul, 19:08) nspears
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You need to supply an non-generic, aka application specific user agent string as pointed out in the ToU.

(03 Jul, 19:48) SimonPoole ♦
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