Unlike Dropbox and Google Skydrive does not claim to own our stuff

LiveSide.net have looked at the terms of service of Skydrive, after Dropbox was found recently to grant themselves a “worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent reasonably necessary for the Service.” Dropbox noted their terms of service were similar to Google’s, which claim “a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content”.

LiveSide dug up the TOS of Skydrive, and the applicable section says:

You control who may access your content. If you share content in public areas of the service or in shared areas available to others you’ve chosen, then you agree that anyone you’ve shared content with may use that content. When you give others access to your content on the service, you grant them free, nonexclusive permission to use, reproduce, distribute, display, transmit, and communicate to the public the content solely in connection with the service and other products and services made available by Microsoft. If you don’t want others to have those rights, don’t use the service to share your content.

You understand that Microsoft may need, and you hereby grant Microsoft the right, to use, modify, adapt, reproduce, distribute, and display content posted on the service solely to the extent necessary to provide the service.

Its nice to see no hidden bugaboos in Microsoft’s service – at least if I take my pictures down Microsoft will not have the right to hang on to them in perpetuity.  Maybe we will see more refugees from the other services show up at Microsoft’s door?

Read more detail at LiveSide here.