There has been a heck of a lot of buzz about Google’s new web browser Chrome. I’m a huge fan of Mozilla Firefox and wouldn’t really consider switching as Firefox3 has some very cool features, however I do like the idea of someone challenging Microsoft. Competition is very healthy and you only have to look at how Microsoft has reacted to the growth of Firefox.
Chrome does appear to have some great ideas such as a personalised homepage which is automatically generated and running each tab as a separate process which means if one ‘page’ causes your tab to crash, the rest will keep going! Very clever.
Interesting, definitely, a good idea to use it, definitely not!
If you have a quick read of Google’s End User Licence Agreement (EULA) you will find the following paragraph:
11. Content licence from you
11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that 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 that 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.
…uh, what? You mean if I type anything, upload any media content, do any work, do anything using Chrome, Google basically owns it. If I was writing this post now using Chrome, Google would basically own it! They could edit, adapt, mess around with it and sell it if they want.
Thanks Google, but no thanks. I think I stick with the Mozilla EULA.