londrum - 10:49 am on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
if i was google i would introduce a paid version, that stays ad-free. maybe a yearly licence, or something like that.
i would imagine that most sites would have to pay up because of all the programming they've put into the maps. its not like they can just whip it off and replace it with a static map. the deeper you get into customising the API, the more reliant you become on it. maybe that is what google is hoping.