Chrome is hot but its EULA is not

chrome eyeIn just over a day, Chrome has captured 2.5% of the browser market, at the time of this writing, according to statistics gathered by, a web analytics company. Internet Explorer and Firefox, sit comfortably, and safely at 58% and 31% respectively.

While there is no need for the top two browsers to panic, a 2.5% market share in just one day is nothing to sneeze at either. Chrome is steadily creeping up on Safari, the third most used browser on the Internet, and it has already surpassed Opera and old-time users of Netscape.

No doubt, the "instant" success of Chrome has a great deal to do with its distribution strategy. Google is the biggest search engine on the planet and underneath the search page logo are these understated words:

"New! Download Chrome (BETA) – the new browser from Google."

However, not all was well on launch day yesterday as the initial end-user license agreement (EULA) stated that use of Chrome would give Google the authority to use and publish or do anything submitted by users through their browser.

You uploaded the Great American Novel to a book company via Chrome? Too bad, Google gets to use it anyway it wants to.

Protests arose almost immediately and individuals were complaining that this violated individual rights and copyright laws. Google has since withdrawn this little piece of fine print of the user agreement.

It might be a good idea to re-read that agreement after this news. Now, what was it I read in the EULA about my first-born…?



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