Direct tile access using URL legal ?

Dec 10, 2008 at 11:24 AM
Edited Dec 10, 2008 at 11:25 AM
Hey again,

I am wondering if the direct tile acccess is legal ?
Because in the official documentation - as far as I know - only the GetImageryMetadata 
request to the imagery webservice should be used to retrieve tile URIs.
How about that ? Is there any statement from Microsoft to this issue ?

Dec 11, 2008 at 12:17 AM
In order to access the VE tiles you ned to get a VE account, you can sign up for Dev account for the staging server. These credentials allow you to request a time and IP based token that you then use to request the current tile URL format and then when requesting the tiles themselves this token is included in the URL.
This project demonstrates the legal way to do this. You will need to get your own Dev account in order to run the project or view the demo site at: using my key.
This type of access currently is commerical only (no free accounts), when you want use this you will pay for it per transaction, per user or per device. The pricing for VE is very reasonable starting at a few thousand dollars per year for a small site.