Google has reworded the EULA (End User License Agreement) for its new Chrome browser, saying that the clause claiming rights to anything and everything published via the browser was an ‘oversight’.
The EULA caused much indignation amongst those who downloaded the Beta version of the Chrome browser the other day as, in effect, it gave Google the right to use, in whatever manner it saw fit, everything from photos to comments to entire websites.
The clause which caused concern was:
“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 is the second time that Google has had to amend one of it’s EULA’s, the first being a similar clause with Google Docs.
Most people don’t ever bother to read the license agreements with software, they just tick the ‘I agree’ box and continue on their merry way, but this just shows that we all should perhaps take a little more care! You could be signing your life away!