Google updates controversial Chrome license

By Justin Mann on September 3, 2008, 5:43 PM
Google's release of Chrome has been received with mixed reviews, some praising the search giant’s attempt and others pointing out obvious flaws. The security issues aside, it is beta software and some leeway must be given to Google because of this. One area where there isn't any wiggle room, though, is the EULA. A particular section of it has caused many in the community to protest against Chrome, as it seems that Google is claiming default ownership of anything you submit into the browser. This could include your own pictures you upload to sites, written works, et cetera.

That was apparently not Google's intent, and the claim itself would have been ridiculous. Google realized what had occurred and claims the license was solely the “stock” option they use on other services, picked for simplicity. As a result they will be revising that section of the license for Chrome. The retroactive change has already been applied, which has caused the phrasing of the license to change. The change is significant, now much friendlier, saying that any content you own remains yours.

This will certainly put the minds of those who were upset by the license wording at ease.




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Lambert28 said:
As of 12:41 Eastern Time:While the Chrome TOS have been amended as indicated in this story[url]http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html[/url]The offending wording still exisits in the general TOS[url]http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS[/url]and *those* TOS are what you get to when you look for the Gmail TOS. So Chrome TOS does not expose your work to theft anymore, but the Gmail TOS does.
JDoors said:
"... Google ... claims the license was solely the “stock” option they use on other services ...""This will certainly put the minds of those who were upset by the license wording at ease." Not if you use their other services, it won't.
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