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These terms are dramatically different from those that were in place last summer. In particular, the language that allows the license to continue even if you stop using the service is unlike any other service. I'll look more closely at those changes in a separate post. This is the current language, as modified March 1, 2012.
Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.
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. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. 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. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services. Make sure you have the necessary rights to grant us this license for any content that you submit to our Services.
This agreement covers most of Microsoft’s business-related offerings, including Exchange and SharePoint Online, Office 365, Office Web Applications, and the Windows Azure Platform, among others.
m. Your Customer Data. You may be able to submit customer data for use in connection with the online service. “Customer data” are all data, including all text, sound, or image files and software that are provided to us by, or on behalf of, you through your use of the online service. When you submit customer data for use with any online service that enables communication or collaboration with third parties, you acknowledge that those third parties may then be able to:
- Use, copy, distribute, display, publish, and modify your customer data;
- Publish your name in connection with the customer data; and
- Facilitate others’ ability to do the same.
Some online services may offer functionality that restricts third parties’ ability to do so. It is your responsibility to make use of that functionality as appropriate for your intended use of your customer data.
You agree to secure rights in your customer data necessary for us to provide you the online service without violating the rights of any third party, or otherwise obligating Microsoft to you or any third party. Microsoft does not and will not accept any obligations set forth in any separate license or other agreement that may apply to your customer data or use of the online service.
n. Ownership of customer data. As between the parties, you retain all right, title and interest in and to customer data. We acquire no rights in customer data, other than the rights you grant to us for the applicable online service. This does not apply to software or services we license you.
These terms apply to all Windows Live services and are unchanged from last summer.
5. Your Content
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.
You control who may access your content. If you share content in public areas of the service or in shared areas available to others you’ve chosen, then you agree that anyone you’ve shared content with may use that content. When you give others access to your content on the service, you grant them free, nonexclusive permission to use, reproduce, distribute, display, transmit, and communicate to the public the content solely in connection with the service and other products and services made available by Microsoft. If you don’t want others to have those rights, don’t use the service to share your content.
You understand that Microsoft may need, and you hereby grant Microsoft the right, to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, distribute, and display content posted on the service solely to the extent necessary to provide the service.
These terms are unchanged from last summer.
File Sync, Storage and Confidentiality
After setting up your account and downloading our Software, you can select the Files you want to sync and/or store. You can change the Files you want to sync or store whenever you want. In order to make the Service available to you, we need your permission to sync and store your Files. Accordingly, you hereby grant to SugarSync a license: (i) to use, copy, transmit, distribute, store and cache Files that you choose to sync and/or store; and (ii) to copy, transmit, publish, and distribute to others the Files as you designate, whether through the sharing or public linking features of the Service, in each case solely to provide the Service to you.
This service, run by Canonical Group Ltd, allows users to “store files online, synchronise files across their computers, and share files with others. Additional services will be added in the future.”
Its terms of service do not include any language covering rights to those files. In fact, the only use of the word rights is in relation to third-party content that may be “in breach of any law, regulation or third party's rights.”
* The list above does not include services whose primary purpose is backup, such as Carbonite and CrashPlan, nor does it include public file-sharing services such as RapidShare and MegaUpload. I have also omitted forwarding services like YouSendIt.