Why I Uninstalled Google Chrome for a while
Like every early adopter I was eager to try out Google Chrome. So I basically clicked download and install with out reading the finer legal mumbo jumbo. Then Mike Dopp on Twitter pointed me to this blog post by Joe Levi showing the actual text of the EULA:
… 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. … You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.
Whoa. Wait, what? You mean if I type something into the browser like this blog post then Google owns it?!? Well not quite but they get to use what you write. Further research on attorney David Loschiavo’s site where he clarifies:
11.1 clearly states that you keep all your rights to everything passing through Chrome. But, Google does get permission to use anything you do pass through Chrome. The end part of 11.1 limits that permission to the scope of promotional reasons, but then 11.2 and 11.3 extend that (or “clarify,” take your pick) to mean that as long as Google or one of Google’s affiliates use your IP in connection with Chrome, they can do whatever they want.
Sorry Google. Uninstalling for now.
On the plus side, others have pointed this out and Google’s Matt Cutts has a post up saying he has spoken with the legal team at Google and they are worked to fix the EULA. As of late today, Google has updated the EULA. There is only one paragraph to section 11 now:
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.
Will I reinstall? Yes. Will it replace Firefox for me as my primary web browser? No, but it will fill a unique niche role. More on that in another post.