A few days after Google released Chrome for public consumption, some users pointed out section 11 of said TOS which would give Google the right to any user-generated content submitted, posted or displayed on or through the Chrome browser. Immediately, before the week closes Google clarified that the TOS was common among many of Google’s products and they overlooked the fact that only the first sentence of Section 11 should apply to Chrome. And it was amended to read:
11. 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.
Now, the Official Google Blog, through a post by Mike Yang, Google’s Senior Product Counsel is clarifying some more that Google is not in any way claiming any right to whatever content will be displayed through the Chrome browser.
To be clear: our terms do not claim ownership of your content — what you create is yours and remains yours. But in lawyer-speak, we need to ask for a ‘license’ (which basically means your permission) to display this content to the wider world when that’s what you intend.
Ok, time to put this issue to rest folks. And let’s concentrate more on some other pressing issues relating to Google Chrome.