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Post: Why does Google get a free pass?

By Adam Curry. Posted Friday, July 08, 2011 at 10:09 AM.

With all the Dropbox Terms of Service discussions of late, It's amazing to me that Google continues to geta\ a free pass.

From the Google general Terms of Service: (emphasis mine)

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.

Especially now that Google+ can be configured (you need to opt out in the sign up process) to suck all your pictures right out of your smartphone into the cloud it seems content owners and copyright hoders (that's us) should think twice about what rights they are granting to Google.

With 'syndicated services' does Google mean they have a deal with Associated Press or WENN, or TMZ?

We deserve clarification of definitions. We did it to Dropbox, let's show some muscle.

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