What Google+ gets from you – and it isn’t pretty

While Facebook has it’s issues, Google+ may not be the social network you want to try. Their Terms of Service is pretty scary:

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 license 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 license 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.

11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.

11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.

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5 Replies to “What Google+ gets from you – and it isn’t pretty”

  1. Hmm, I’m not really having a problem with this. Basically, it says you, as author, can’t go back and say to Google “Hey, you’ve been posting my stuff just as I agreed, but now I expect some payment for the 3000 views it has had.” You own your copyright, but Google has the right to make it available to nayone who asks. It is the same deal you have with wordpress. I’ve had about 100,000 views of my blog since inception, and wouldn’t it have been nice to have had even a dime for each of those? But generating a revenue stream is my business, not the blog platform’s. If I’m wrong in this, someone please explain it to me. Of course, I keep my blog advertising free for a number of reasons, so maybe it isn’t a real issue for me.

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