I'm frankly surprised by the brouhaha that has sprung up around ZDNet's Joshua Greenbaum's reasonable question--Does Google own the content that users of Google Apps create?--and my follow-on post. I continue to believe it's a legitimate question based on Google's loose language in the agreement.
Let's be clear: I don't believe Google has nefarious designs on its Apps users' content. But the language is sufficiently broad to allow it. The problem with the uproar is that it's being fueled by common sense. "Of course 'public' means what we all think it means, and of course Google doesn't own my copyrights." The problem with common sense is that it doesn't always get a fair trial in court.… Read more