Google Chrome EULA Claims Ownership of Everything You Create on Chrome, From Blog Posts to Emails
11. Content license from you
11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.
11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.
11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.
This is cause for concern when
- some band posts their audio to itunes, myspace, or amie street; Google could use that music as promotional material for Chrome.
- a 3d artist posts their models to one of the freelance model sale sites.
- a web designer or administrator uses a web IDE to mod some code; that code is fair game to use by Google
- anyone in business to business sales creates an online brochure for a client
This is cause for concern any time you use Chrome for commercial reasons. With more and more apps being shifted into web browsers, this is almost like MS claiming that it gets a license to any document in MS Word, Powerpoint, or Excel.
11.1 clearly states that you keep all your rights to everything passing through Chrome. But, Google does get permission to use anything you do pass through Chrome. The end part of 11.1 limits your permission to use your content for promotional reasons, but then 11.2 and 11.3 extend that (or “clarify,” take your pick) to mean that as long as Google or one of Google’s affiliates use your IP in connection with Chrome, they can do whatever they want.
Basically, anything that you would use Chrome for…emails, blog posts, uploading videos or images (especially like for CafePress)…Google says you grant them the right to use it however they want to use it…even if you are using that to make money, they don’t have to pay you.
Guess I will stick with Firefox!!