Observations: Google’s new Terms of Service

The new TOS and Privacy Policy documents from Google are a welcome change, reducing 60 individual ones into a standard, global set is a much better idea for understanding’s sake.

Observation 1:

We may review content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our policies, and we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that we review content, so please don’t assume that we do.

Usng Our Services http://www.google.com/policies/terms/#toc-services

I get what they’re saying, but the wording seems a little humorous if you don’t hone in on ‘necessarily’.

Observation 2:

We provide information to help copyright holders manage their intellectual property online.

Privacy and Copyright Protection http://www.google.com/policies/terms/#toc-protection

Odd, this leaves some open questions to what information they provide … are they helping police things “SOPA style”?

Observation 3:

Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours. 

 That’s neat… but wait, the next paragraph:

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

Your Content in our Services http://www.google.com/policies/terms/#toc-content

Uh… ok…

I don’t have any intent on copyright infringement, so the first two don’t bother me, but the third one leaves me with some questions …

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