Google Chrome is Open Source. EULA Hubbub misses the point.

Lots of chatter around the blogosphere today about the Chrome End User License Agreement (EULA). Good reason to be concerned about intimidating, privacy-challenged language like this:

“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.”

Or, this:

“The software which you use may automatically download and install updates from time to time from Google. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the services and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit Google to deliver these to you) as part of your use of the services.”

Google has since backed off and is claiming that this was all a big mistake. Which is nice, but in reality there wasn’t any reason to get all tied up in knots over this.

Chrome is all open source. You can download the source right here.

If you don’t like the license, grab the source compile it and use it unrestricted. Distribute binaries if you like.

I’m not surprised that there are still lot of people that don’t fully understand open source. Although I was a little surprised that Matt didn’t mention this….


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