I am operating on OS X version 10.9.5 using QGIS 2.6.1 - Brighton. I am using the OpenLayers Plugin version 1.3.6 (Google maps) to create shapefiles and edit existing shapefiles over the Google map plugin data. I happened notice that in the Google Maps/Earth Permissions page under "Geo Permissions" a FAQ was posed:
"I'd like to trace a map using your imagery. Can I?" The response: "You may not use Google Maps or Google Earth as the basis for tracing your own maps or other geographic content."
My question: Does QGIS have some sort of agreement with Google Maps/Earth which allow the mapping community to use the plugin they have provided? Can anyone assist?