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Wednesday, December 07, 2011


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I'm not sure if it is still true but google used to want to have ownership of what you produced with google docs. Haven't looked at the TOS for a long while - when a friend (someone who actually reads TOS!) alerted me to this I moved to Open Office.

David Hooper

Yes, there is a clause that says, "By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant Google a worldwide, nonexclusive, 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."

Looked it up and this is apparently so Google can post your info to the Web or do whatever else you tell them to do with it. They're not looking to own anything you create on their software.

Probably some attorneys got involved and made things a bit more complicated than they needed to me. :)

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