A cease-and-desist for the Gaia project
Posted Nov 27, 2006 23:14 UTC (Mon) by khim
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There isn't realy a reason why a person couldn't pay google like 12 bucks a month or so to be able to use it in a open source application.
Surely you forgot few zeros in your estimate ? Typical price for downlodable data is measured in tens of thousands dollars per small dataset and up to many millions of dollars for whole earth dataset. And even then you are severely limited: you can not just give the data to your neighbour. RIAA and MPAA are puppies in comparision to geodata providers. So "12 bucks a month" is not an option. May be 1200000 bucks a month will be acceptable - but who'll pay this much ? Surely not the gaia fanboys...
If you think about it closed source software realy isn't any good at 'protecting' the data. If the Gaia people are a threat then other more closed companies could pull the information out of google earth just as easily if they felt like it.
What is your suggestion ? How to protect data better ? Gaia is not a threat - not really. Surely the Google will update all clients shortly (will they issue new GE3 client or will they just drop support for GE3 altogether is interesting question). The threat is supported open source client - this way you can slowly but surely download everything you need and protection against "fast and furious" download will not work...
We'll see what develops...
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