Google Doesn’t Own Your Content

If you’re using Google Apps, you might find the fine print a little curious, as reported on

I am a lawyer, but I don’t want to believe the words I’m reading and am trying to find an alternative rendering of the language to make Google seem less grasping.

The passage in question is this:

you grant Google a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, modify, publish and distribute such Content on Google services for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting Google services. Google reserves the right to syndicate Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Google services and use that Content in connection with any service offered by Google”

However, Google followed up in the comments:

 “I’m the engineering director on Google Docs. I posted on the original thread, but I’ll repeat it here… we state in our terms of service, we don’t claim ownership or control over your content in Google Docs & Spreadsheets, whether you’re using it as an individual or through Google Apps.”

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