“According to Google’s terms of service,

Block Quotes When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.”

Thanks to aroyaldaughter.com for that from her ‘Blogger vs. WordPress Content Ownership’ post.

So if you are thinking about engaging Google – once the underdog, now the lord of the manor – for anything (even) cloud services for parking some of your individually created content (your intellectual property) then be sure to read the fine print.


PS – In follow up I read an article that cbsnews.com published in 2012 that speaks to ‘Will Google own your files if you use Google Drive?‘. It is a worthwhile read and takes some of the edge off the above clause in Google’s ToS. But still…

PPS – Read up on the current state of DRM and you’ll understand my continued misapprehension.