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FUD Attack Hits Google Drive Early

Less than 24 hours after Google launched its Drive cloud-based storage solution, Cnet published a controversial article entitled "Who owns your files on Google Drive" and claims that "Google takes everything you own".

The article compares three carefully selected portions of the terms and conditions documents of Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive.

Google Drive's description appears to be by far the most restrictive as it states "When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps)."

But the author omitted to paste the first paragraph of the text "Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours."

Ultimately, it would be counterproductive and utterly foolish from Google to even think about breaking the bond of trust that underlines the relationship it has with its tens of millions of customers worldwide. It's also worth noting that the document is a blanket ToS that applies to every Google service.

Source : Cnet (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.