Being the techie that I am, I downloaded Google Chrome onto a test PC as soon as it was available and I’ve been testing it. I had fun trying out Google Chrome, but I won’t be using it and I STRONGLY URGE YOU NOT TO EITHER.
Because as The Register points out the EULA grants Google:
‘a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through’
You can read more in the article Burned by Chrome. As a result I won’t be using it beyond my testing. It’s a shame Google has taken this approach as Chrome is fast and seems to have the potential to be a good browser (ignoring the obvious bugs like being unable to properly render text entered into a textarea).
For now however, I strongly urge you NOT to use Chrome until Google changes it’s awful EULA… I guess the concept of "do no evil" as the company motto has long gone…
Update 4th September 2008
Google has reacted to the negative criticism and modified their EULA to remove the offending sections, once again the register has more details. Google blames the offending section on having mistakenly cut and pasted the terms from another legal document – a pathetic excuse which seems unlikely to be true, but if it is true I hope they are issuing a written warning to the head fo the legal department for gross incompetence as clearly he/she does not take their responsibilities seriously.Email This Post