Google Can Publish Your Content Freely
On Spring vacation in Hawaii, one's idle thoughts trip naturally to a close perusal of Google's Gmail license agreement.
The agreement grants generous republication rights to Google:
- Section 11.1 states: By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence 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.
- Section 11.2 states: You agree that this licence 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.
In other words, if you send a draft of an article or book you're writing, or a draft of a piece of music you've just composed, chances are that Google can republish these with impunity.
We don't doubt that Google is acting in good faith. Presumably, it's trying to protect itself from unreasonable litigation. All the same, the text reads very strangely.
Many thanks to our favorite psychoanalyst friend Steve Rush for pointing this out. ... David Ferris