Cloud search firm Simplexo recently voiced concerns about who owns copyrights to documents stored in in Google Drive.
Here is the link to the Terms of Service for the Google Apps Free Agreement. I have no idea why it is drafted this way, but here is the awkward excerpt:
7. Intellectual Property Rights; Brand Features.
7.1 Intellectual Property Rights. Except as expressly set forth herein, this Agreement does not grant either party any rights, implied or otherwise, to the other’s content or any of the other’s intellectual property. As between the parties, Customer owns all Intellectual Property Rights in Customer Data, and Google owns all Intellectual Property Rights in the Services.
Not a great choice of words, and probabably will not get past the desk of many conservative Intellectual Property attorneys.
Is Google paying its in-house attorneys as much as its Software Engineers?