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Google Drive does not own your content

Google just launched a new product for the emergence of a new wave of sites and blogs that try to find some way to criticize the service or scare users with interpretations that are beyond this reality (often driven by the marketing of competing companies).

This time, the problem involves the Google Drive Terms of Service that would give interpretations that Google would own the content of third parties. The text questioned by the publications would be this excerpt:

“When you upload or otherwise upload content to our Services, you grant 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 to make your content work better with our Services), communicate, publish, perform and publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purposes of operating, promoting and improving our Services and to develop new Services ”

As the company says, the guidelines are for operational purposes. If you have not understood what this means, just understand that the content sent to Google Drive needs to be hosted, stored, played on your computer or cell phone. There is also a publication concession so that you can view it, execute it or have its public exhibition, in case you are accessing, for example, a lan-house.

When compared to Microsoft’s Terms of Service, Google is extremely detailed in how its products will actually work with user data, something extremely important and transparent for a virtual world that increasingly consumes personal information.

note: As many readers have indicated in the comments, there is a Google term that provides a direct guideline for the ownership of content that is sent to your services, including Drive:

“Some of our Services allow you to upload content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold over that content. In short, what belongs to you, remains with you ”.