Daily Archives: September 9, 2008

Thankfully someone is reading click-wrap licences! Google Chrome and its user agreement

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7597699.stm

The CAS IP Specialist Guat Hong Teh sent me this article today.  Part of the article is a short film describing the features of Google’s latest open source offering – the web browser “Chrome”.  But, the devil was in the detail when “an oversight” surfaced regarding the text in the user agreement.  Basically the initial agreement claimed rights over “any content which you submit, post or display on or through” the browser.  As Guat Hong emailed me:

“Imagine the content of our blog or website being owned by Google if one uses Chrome…all the possible public goods that might then become private goods rather quickly and easily… “