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Microsoft Office and Facebook Partner On Docs



6:22 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Office and Facebook Partner On Docs [social.venturebeat.com]
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg just shared a feature that could give Microsoft a big advantage over competitors. Microsoft and Facebook launched a site called Docs.com this morning, which is all about sharing your documents using Facebook. He didnít offer too many details, but said the site will work closely with Facebook. So if you want to share a document on Facebook, you can do so using the connections youíve already built on the social network.



6:27 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yeah right. And Facebook becomes owner at perpetuity of this document? This must be a joke of some kind.


8:12 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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A la section 11 of the Gorg's TOS


8:35 pm on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Not exactly. FB terms:
For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos ("IP content"), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook ("IP License"). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

G Docs terms:

Section 11 of the Google Terms of Service governing Google Docs is replaced in its entirety by:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, share, upload, post or display on or through, the Service. By submitting, sharing, uploading, posting or displaying the Content you give Google a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, share, upload, post or display on or through the Service for the sole purpose of enabling Google to provide you with the Service in accordance with the Google Docs Privacy Policy.

11.2 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Service 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 license shall permit Google to take these actions.

11.3 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license. You agree that you will not submit, share, upload, post or display Content on or through, the Service that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to submit, share, upload, post or display the Content and to grant Google all of the license rights granted in this Section.

Google Docs' license on your content is just used for the service to function. FB's license gives no provisions (and thus no restrictions) on how your content is used.

That's a big difference. Basically G can't read and then use, or publish publicly anything that you put in a google doc.

You should pay closer attention to the wording of these terms.


2:54 am on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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/yawn. Microsoft is dating facebook (and any company willing to take the anti-Google side) and sparing no expense. I get it. What I don't get is why it's so blatant? I'd be worried as an investor if my company seemed to be more focused on countering and copying the competition than improving itself.

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