Upload Files To Google Drive? Good, Google Can Use Them Now

Apr 25, 2012 • 8:16 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google Drive LogoGoogle announced the launch of Google Drive yesterday - a DropBox competitor.

Basically, Google is giving you 5GB of free storage with the ability to buy more storage, to store your files up in Google's cloud. But it seems like unlike with DropBox where you own the files you have on their cloud, with Google, Google can use the files you upload to their cloud.

Here is a video demo of the service:

Google's one size fits all terms of service applies to Google Drive and it reads:

"When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give 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 so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content."


This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps). Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service.

In any event, it is live and I am sure a lot of people will start using it. I did just to test it.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums, WebmasterWorld and Google+.

Update: Here is a statement from Google:

As our Terms of Service make clear, 'what belongs to you stays yours.' You own your files and control their sharing, plain and simple. Our Terms of Service enable us to give you the services you want - so if you decide to share a document with someone, or open it on a different device, you can.

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David Iwanow

04/25/2012 12:21 pm

Sure sounds like a fun thing to do... share your IP with Google... also depending on where they are storing your data you could be in violation of US laws if you work in certain verticals such as Gambling...

Annemieke van Herk

04/25/2012 12:28 pm

Hmm... good catch. I love Google but they might as well shorten their policies to 'all your data are belong to us'...  

Alex Angelico

04/25/2012 03:38 pm

mmmmm. I think if you pay for additional storage, its yours, isnt it? Google is missing the point here. I already paid for 80Gb for Google Docs, they have the "license to use..." this content?


04/25/2012 03:38 pm

Ahahaha, google owns you

Hardik Vyas

04/26/2012 05:31 pm

I think Windows SkyDrive is better than this, They provides 25 GB as Free and more or less Same Features..  their terms policy says, "Except for material that we license to you, we don't claim ownership of the content you provide on the service. Your content remains your content. We also don't control, verify, or endorse the content that you and others make available on the service."


04/26/2012 11:43 pm

Anyone starting to feel like Google is becoming another Microsoft? They see a good idea and then try and compete and kill the company that had the good idea in the first place? Google don't be evil?

Marc Nashaat

07/10/2012 02:30 pm

Wow...the audacity is just outrageous. Knowing this I can now confidently say I will not be using drive for any of my cloud storage needs...this is just preposterous.

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