Monday, March 09, 2009

Google, Blogger, and Picasa Web Albums

My photos are down from this site until I can get some serious questions answered about Google and possible copyright issues. Not sure if I'm unnecessarily paranoid, but none of this sounds reasonable to me....

From the Picasa Web Album that hosted my photos, terms of service agreement:

11.2 You agree that this licence 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 licence shall permit Google to take these actions.

1 comment:

Synthejim said...

It's good to check up on this, but it's a standard clause on all internet services these days. It basically says that "hey, Google is connected to the interwebs, and people on the web use our service, so if something gets screwed up, don't blame us." It reads as if they are actively doing it, but the reality is that they are already passively doing it. If you see a google search on any site, these clauses relate to seeing your content show up on those other sites.