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Beware: copyright on Google+

Google+ seems to be the next big thing. Currently on an invite-only basis, it’s a true hype.

Google+ is Google’s answer to social networking (read: Facebook). And although Google had some flops in the recent past with Google Wave and Google Buzz, Google+ is looking at a brighter future.

Like all social media Google+ is all about sharing: sharing your hopes and dreams, your favorite restaurants, your status and… your photographs and shap shots. And that’s where it gets scary.

Your relationship with Google (and therefore Google+) is incorporated in the Terms of Service (TOS). And by agreeing with that TOS, you give Google a license to use your photograph. But not any ordinary license, no, 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” Google+. Wow! Scary, no?

Beware of what you share. And, more importantly, what happens to your copyright when you do.