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OpenLayers has an OpenStreetMap layer built in: OpenLayers.Layer.OSM (are the tiles they use from OpenStreetMap servers or somewhere else?)

Can it be used in a production environment in terms of:

  • suitability (speed, uptime etc.)
  • licensing (ability to use it in a paid mapping system)
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    @Mapperz I think the question is more about licensing and terms of service than suitability. – Chris W May 10 '14 at 22:05
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    The answer depends on your own needs of your production environment: suitability: OSM uses only donated resources that are maintained by persons in sparetime. Thus they can't grant you a 24/7 reliability or 99, 999% availability. Also all resources are shared with people contributing or using OSM online, so they can't give you a guerantee on speed, even if they offer servers close to the users. So please check the legal aspects on your own: Tile usage policy, Legal FAQ – Mapper May 11 '14 at 14:29
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    ... but they encourage you to set up your own server with OpenStreetMap data: switch2osm.org at no extra cost. – AndreJ May 11 '14 at 15:16
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    Yes, the tiles used by OpenLayers.Layer.OSM are the tiles from the official OSM servers and therefore you have to comply with the tile usage policy. Of course you can use any other tiles as long as you comply with their terms of use, or serve your own tiles. There is also a list of paid tile providers. – scai May 12 '14 at 7:35
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    @Mapperz Please unlock the topic. Then my comment might be an answer to the question. – Mapper May 12 '14 at 10:12
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Yes, the tiles used by OpenLayers.Layer.OSM are the tiles from the official OSM servers and therefore you have to comply with the tile usage policy. Of course you can use any other tiles as long as you comply with their terms of use, or serve your own tiles. There is also a list of paid tile providers.

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