Hubbub over content rights greets Google Drive

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is already facing spasms of suspicion and confusion as it tries to persuade people to entrust their personal documents, photos and other digital content to the company’s new online storage service.

That became apparent shortly after Tuesday’s release of the long-awaited Google Drive service. Before the day was over, technology blogs and Twitter users were picking apart a legal clause that made it sound as if all the users’ content stored in Google Drive automatically would become the intellectual property of Google Inc.

That could have meant authors writing their next novels and employees collaborating on spreadsheets with confidential data would find all that suddenly belonging to Google.

As it turns out, the worries are probably unfounded.

The language is actually standard legalese to give Google the licensing rights that it needs to deliver on the services that users request.

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