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Who Owns the Content on Google Drive?

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Yesterday we covered the news of the launch of Google Drive, a free cloud storage service from Google. Today there has been much criticism, speculation, and controversy over [URL="http://www.seroundtable.com/google-drive-ownership-15060.html"]how to interpret Google's one policy fits all privacy policy[/URL], which [URL="http://www.google.com/policies/terms/"]clearly states[/URL]:

"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."

However, Google's policy does acknowledge that "you" own the content you upload, however the policy also goes on to say

"The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services."

There is sure to be more discussion and information on this in the near future. Stay tuned to The Internet Marketing Club news for continuing coverage on Google Drive and Google's changes.

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