Screenshot by DaniellaNicole under Fair Use
Some reports and comments have been published regarding the fine print associated with the new Google Chrome Browser. These reports may be troubling to writers, photographers, artists, and other freelancers who use the internet for the submission of their work.
Fox News – September 4, 2008
(which led me to:)
CNET news – September 2, 2008
The wording being reported is, “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 wording certainly does imply Google Chrome usage while submitting or creating your written works, photographs, music, art, and more gives Google a right to such works.
Google Chrome Terms of Service (see sections 9 and 11) – not dated
The second lesson to be learned from this is the importance of reading all of the fine print before you sign or agree to anything. I have been involved in contract negotiations in which the other side slipped in last minute changes that were discovered on the day of signing, and I have refused to sign other contracts which were completely one-sided - giving me no rights or protection.
There are many honest employers and contractors out there, and there are others who will only protect their interests. Reading the fine print will help you discern between the two.
Back to the theme of this post, if you are interested in checking out or downloading Google Chrome, you may do so here: