April 25, 2012, 11:56 AM —
With every new service or change in policy it becomes more clear that the version of Google led by co-founder Larry Page rather than Eric Schmidt doesn't understand that it's not Facebook's more evil, less subtle or competent twin.
The recently revamped Terms of Service it applies to the new Google Drive file locker, for example doesn't quite give Google outright title to the content you post on Drive, as some of the coverage and forum discussions have suggested.
No matter how often you upload a file or how long it's there, you have the right to publish and sell it, change it, copy and redistribute it for free, rewrite and republish it without notice that it's changed, or create, publish and sell sequels, software or anything else based on the contents of that file.
But so does Google.
Specifically, the Terms of Service Google revamped and reposted March 1 gives Google all the rights and privileges of ownership, but none of the responsibilities.
Google can redistribute your content free or as part of a paid service, or base its next service on content you created. If a file you upload is pirated, libelous or illegal as obscenity or a national secret, Google is just the closet where you stashed the goods. All the responsibility is yours.