Wow – I spent 15 minutes writing a post about Google+ thinking it’s very innocuous and the whole world goes nuts.
For those late to the party – read this post – Google Plus – Read the Fine Print BEFORE You Sign Up
I can’t do anything about the Google fanboys/girls. They’re going to attack anyone who doesn’t pour love on Google. But for those who have relied on third party mischaracterization of my words, I want to try to clarify a few things.
The salient points of the post are:
1. Nothing I am talking about here applies to amateurs. Only pros need be concerned.
2. You should be aware of the TOS before you agree to it.
3. You should consult with an attorney if you are unsure how these terms impact your business. I did. And my attorney is who warned me about the potential problems with the license. I am advocating that people get legal counsel – yes from real attorneys who actually have litigation experience in the IP world and who do this work all the time.
4. I did not mention the word Copyright in the post. I did not say the words “rights grab” or anything similar. Those who say I did are just plain telling untruths.
5. I am not concerned about Google+ and Copyright. They clearly state in their TOS that you retain your Copyrights. That is NOT an issue here. I never tried to make it an issue. Anyone who said different has misled you and you should question their motives. You can read my words for yourself to make sure.
6. The issue for me personally – and that’s all I was talking about in the post – is how that impacts me personally – is that I believe – based on legal advice from a competent professional, that my ability to offer an exclusive license to future clients is negatively impacted if my images are posted on Google+. So I won’t be using the service. Note the following…
6. I never advocated that anyone else NOT use Google+. I said I won’t use it. I am speaking strictly for myself. I am not advocating one way or the other. I am speaking in a very narrow construct that some people have attempted to skew.
So my crime here is simply letting folks know that they need to be aware of what they are giving up when using these free services. For some people it will be worth the trade off. If you are one of those people then good for you. Go right ahead and use the service. I hope it is enjoyable for you. For those who are concerned about the TOS impacting your professional photography business, get competent legal help. Then go your own way.
To the Google fanboys and girls – all I can say is sorry – I call em’ like I see em’.