Is this Evil? Google Chrome EULA

By | September 3, 2008 | 4 Comments

Is this Evil? Google Chrome EULACheck this one.

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.

11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.

Sorry, no Chrome for me.

UPDATE: Google response

Via TapTheHive

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  • Mol10

    Ridiculous.

    But I wonder if they can actually tell (and prove) that a particular content, which is posted/uploaded/sent through their browser, is actually posted through it, as long as you use sites that are not controlled by Google or its affiliates, and as long as Chrome does not actually index your content or send it right to Google for archival. If it does the latter, then it would mean that Chrome should be put in anti-malware databases and be removed from computers automatically by security suites. ;)

  • Mol10

    Moreover, if I get it right, you are breaching the ToS if you browse the web with Chrome. Because most content you “display on or through” the browser is not your intellectual property, therefore you cannot “confirm and warrant” that “you have the all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant” license.

    Meaning that Chrome is not a legally a web browser. :-S

    Anyhow, one moral of this story probably is that we should not be ignorant towards the legal tricks (and schemes) that may be hidden in software legalese.

    The power is with us, the community, through this wonderful thing called the Internet!

  • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas
  • http://faseidl.com F. Andy Seidl

    Note that Google has acknowledged this and is retroactively fixing the EULA. EULA’s in general are not bad… but this specific term certainly is. For more on this, see:

    EULA: What–Me Worry?

    http://faseidl.com/public/blog/187697