3 September 2008

The audacity of Google Chrome!

CyberPanda has been riled by the EULA of the newly launched web browser by Google. Section 11.1 of the EULA of Google Chrome provides, inter alia, that by submitting, posting or displaying content, users of Google Chrome give to Google 'a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute' any submitted content. The aim of the licence is to enable Google to 'display, distribute and promote [its] services' and may be revoked for certain services. The user is, of course, not paid a dime for granting this perpetual and irrevocable licence to Google.

This provision poses a number of legal issues including what is the situation if the user posts materials that are owned by third parties (this remains an issue despite section 11.4 of the EULA pursuant to which users undertake that they have the right, power and authority to grant the licence to Google)? Is this clause fair to the right owners? Is Google doing enough to bring this clause to the attention of its users?

The gut instinct of CyberPanda is that such a clause should not be incorporated within the EULA unless it has been specifically brought to the attention of the user. In addition, CyberPanda is strongly opposed to the very notion of 'perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free licence' as it leaves the right owner in a vulnerable position.

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1 comment:

Patrick Roberts said...

despite the rumors, i'm finding Chrome to actually be slower than Firefox; it hangs constantly... if one tab is processing something, all the other tabs just show up "blank"