Does Google Own Your Content?

August 29, 2007

Slashdot | Does Google Own Your Content? talks about The Content in Google Apps Belongs to Google that quotes from the google TOS:

“…you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, modify, publish and distribute such Content on Google services for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting Google services…”

Also noted by Does Google own your content?. You can read all about it on the Google Terms.

Nothing new in terms of Terms of Service, but we’d expect more from google. Perhaps it will change. And of course this doesn’t mean they own it, but it sure means you can’t restrict google’s using it. I’d like to see a list of sites/services that are in the main stream that don’t have this neat little feature. Of course, this probably means that it includes all your posts, so don’t go workshopping that novel onlin!

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