Torch Media makes a free browser available, which I thought I’d try (following a recommendation – apparently a good browser) rather than use Google Chromium.
Here’s a part of Torch’s license agreement:
“You acknowledge that, as between You and TorchMedia, You will own all rights, titles and interests in and to any of your content, if applicable, made available on or through the Service. You hereby grant TorchMedia, its licensees, successor and assigns, a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty- free, sub-licensable, transferable right and license to use, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, display, transmit, exhibit, broadcast, stream, synchronize, sell, license, assign, create derivative works or otherwise exploit such content, in whole or in part, in all media throughout the world. You agree to waive any moral rights contained therein.”
- Torch covers their own back by making you responsible for holding the copyright for everything you put online. (This is good and correct and in line with the digital rights protection act).
- HOWEVER: Torch then proceeds to grab all these rights from you in the next sentence!
Let’s say for argument’s sake, I upload one of my authors’ ebooks to Amazon, using the Torch browser.
By using the Torch browser, I’ve given the copyright to Torch for free, of the entire content (the ebook, the cover art, all of it!), without any legal recourse should they decide to publish / sublicense it or make derivatives from it without even letting me know.
I don’t think I can consent to using the Torch browser. I think Google’s evil is still the lesser.
By the way:
If you post images of your children on Facebook, Facebook owns those images. They grab the full rights to these photos, to do with as they please.
This is why I’d like to ask my authors nicely: When promoting your books, please never post more than a low-res, small image (say, 300 or 400 px max) on Facebook. Enough for people to see and recognize the book but not enough for the copyright monsters to rip the rights on those covers.
And beware how much of a preview you’ll allow on Facebook. Remember: You paste it there, you’ve given them all the rights.