Nonprofit news sites won't have to pay to use Google Maps API

Nieman Journalism Lab | Google Geo Developers Blog

Google has responded to concerns about its plans to charge to use the Google Maps API, which powers all kinds of map-based news applications. The company now says it won't start charging until a site exceeds the usage limit for 90 consecutive days, and it won't charge nonprofit organizations (although one wonders whether Google will rely on the IRS to decide what counts as a nonprofit). "Nonprofit news orgs look to be in the clear, and Google could declare other news org maps apps to be 'in the public interest' and free to run," writes Josh Benton. The new limits take effect in 2012. || Earlier: News developers worried about new cost to use Google Maps

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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