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Beware the Google Chrome

End user licenses can be tricky little buggers. I just came across a site where they are discussing the EULA for Google Chrome. Apparently the folks at the ‘plex are claiming the ability to use anything you blog or email using chrome.

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.

So, you would have to be complete stark raving crazy to use Chrome for any business emails or transactions. Theoretically, if I use Chrome to send an email to my treasurer with the yearly financials for my company, I have given Google a license to use that data however they want.

What I also don’t understand is that Google is claiming rights to what you “display on or through, the Services”.. huh?? this would seem to indicate that if you visit one of my websites using Chrome, then the folks at the ‘plex are now claiming that they can use the contents of my website because you displayed it in their browser??

this is more than a little scary…..

For now, I would stay well clear of Chrome until this EULA gets changed significantly.

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Damn, I hate lawyers…..

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