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The new Google policy - right to modify my IP?

Can Google really do what they want with 'my stuff'?

8:32 am on Apr 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I know this has been discussed at length already, but I've just re-read the new TOS for the Google services.

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).

So, let me get this straight. Say I have a Gmail account. I email someone a photograph. This TOS gives Google the right to copy this photograph, edit it, and put it on their google.com homepage. Is that right, or am I missing something?

Forgive me for probably repeating a thousand posts here like this (and forgive me if this is in the wrong place), but maybe I'm just realising why there's been such a heated discussion on Google's approach to privacy.

This just stikes me as a little...erm...uncomfortable.

Also, just to help things along, I'd really prefer helpful/constructive responses/thoughts, rather than the classic 'I hate Google' or 'Google is evil' posts!