Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google, Chrome, Rights Grabs & Other News

Many thanks to Rob at APE & Leslie at Burns Auto Parts for spreading the word about Google's new browser CHROME and the potentially devastating effect it could have on the control of your images should you choose to use the new browser to upload any intellectual property onto the web. From the CHROME Terms of Service in quotations below:

" 11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. 
By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services. 

11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services. 

11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services 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. 

You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license."

You can read more about the Terms of Service here and comments by an IP Attorney here, which includes an update and response from Google's Senior Product Counsel, Rebecca Ward. Ms. Ward now claims that Google is acting quickly to "...remove language from Section 11 of the current Google Chrome terms of service. This change will apply retroactively to all users who have downloaded Google Chrome." This sudden  change in the terms of service appears to have been prompted, at least in part, by an outcry of "foul" around the blogsphere since Chrome was first made available.

When in doubt... it is always best to read the users Terms of Service whenever using software that involves the internet. 

Many thanks to Caitlin at An Art Producer's Perspective for her tireless efforts in compiling an exhaustive list of artists representatives and links to their respective websites. If you're thinking about seeking representation, this is as good a place to start as any... and probably better than most. You can find the list here.

And finally... I will be returning to the radio and internet airwaves on a regular basis beginning Oct. 7th. "The Academy of Errors" program will be dusted off, spit-shined and resurrected once again every Tuesday morning from 6-10 am at Manao Radio. For radio listeners on the island of Maui, that's 91.5 FM. For everyone else, you can tune in via the internet for live streaming from anywhere in the world by going here. There are even free downloads on this page for iTunes & WinAmp software should your current computer be lacking in some sort of media player device.

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