(Update: The client was not open sourced, just the server.)
However, this doesn't give you carte blanche to use Google's own imagery:
I've never before seen "fair use" called out as an explicit allowance in terms of copyright restrictions by the part of the copyright holder. It's not entirely clear to me what that would even imply.
Not saying you shouldn't fork or fear, but GitHub and Google are generally good actors compared to others.
Going after GitHub means that GitHub has to shut down and the opponent sticks with their legal costs.
When attacking Microsoft they have enough cash to pay you out (in case they lose or they accept a payment to make you shut up) and the case might disrupt Microsoft enough to give you an advantage in a different field.
Not saying that Google would sue Microsoft. Would be very bad for their image. But a risk evaluation is different.
I do that for anything that looks predictably hot
And if they do that, nobody will have a copy of this source code?
Wouldn't be the first time, either: https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-shuts-down-gaia-efforts...
TL;DR: They shut down an open source GEarth clone called Gaia a decade ago, although they managed to not to lose a lot of karma over that due to graceful handling.
docs - https://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/web/
If you want a 3D model of your office building or something.
I'm wondering though if Google'll eventually patch things so this doesn't work, or if they're not too bothered by people grabbing data like this.
"DeprecationWarning: Buffer() is deprecated due to security and usability issues"
Opened an issue: https://github.com/retroplasma/earth-reverse-engineering/iss...