Chrome's EULA: Pretty Much Just Evil

All the cool kids are excited over the release of Chrome, Google's new web browser. I expressed some dubious concern over allowing Google that kind of access to my digital habits and information.

Turns out I had reason to be concerned. Look at this gem in the Chrome EULA:

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1. Content license from you

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.

To deconstruct this a little, if I'd written this post, or any blog post, or Voices, via Chrome... Google would have a perpetual copyright to it. Riiiiiiigggght.

Don't be evil, Google, remember? Your own motto?


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