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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm reading the Google Mail terms of service. It includes lots of things that basically boil down to "we could just disappear" - and no, they're not responsible for finding that stuff you wrote or files you attached to yourself in email and left online to refer to later.

Just another reminder: Back it up, people, back it up :D

(and... of course.. there's this little chunk:
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 licence 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 licence 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.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of my emails publicly performed, myself...

Wait if you own the copyright how is it they have the right to publish it?
It's totally contradictory - it says, basically, that you still hold the copyright.

However, *they* have permission to do (a, b, c, d...) without royalty or penalty... so I suppose they couldn't *sell* what you wrote to somebody else to put on a billboard somewhere, but it certainly seems to say that yes, they can use your "content."
Now, I supsect that they use this clause when they capture something and put it on their "select blogs" or whatever.

But... yea, if I'm going to send somebody my masterpiece, I used to would have attached it to Gmail because I hate filling up my puny mailboxes. (However, our bike club newsletter is not a masterpiece - they can perform that any time they want... but gosh, have I ever sent the lyrics to my songs?)
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