how much of my icloud do i own, and how long into the future?
January 3, 2013 12:03 PM   Subscribe

icloud: what happens to home recordings and original songs after itunes uploads them to the icloud, from an artist rights perspective? YANML

[YANML, of course]

i just recently bought into icloud and pushed my itunes library up to the cloud. i realized towards the end of the process that apple couldn't find matches for lots of my files, which are home recordings of songs by myself and friends, some of them covers, etc. since these recordings didn't match anything in their catalog, apple uploaded the songs to the cloud.

so i know that in the future i can stream these songs to myself, but what is the longer term prognosis for my rights to this creative material? (not that i have definite plans to sell these songs, just that understanding the rights business might affect how i treat future recordings.) bonus points for comparisons with rights for similar situations on other cloud services!
posted by garfy3 to Computers & Internet (1 answer total)
So here is the relevant section of the terms and condition of icloud:

License from You

Except for material we may license to you, Apple does not claim ownership of the materials and/or Content you submit or make available on the Service. However, by submitting or posting such Content on areas of the Service that are accessible by the public or other users with whom you consent to share such Content, you grant Apple a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available, without any compensation or obligation to you. You agree that any Content submitted or posted by you shall be your sole responsibility, shall not infringe or violate the rights of any other party or violate any laws, contribute to or encourage infringing or otherwise unlawful conduct, or otherwise be obscene, objectionable, or in poor taste. By submitting or posting such Content on areas of the Service that are accessible by the public or other users, you are representing that you are the owner of such material and/or have all necessary rights, licenses, and authorization to distribute it.

It's very boilerplate language, the same as flickr or facebook or whatever. You still own it, have the copyright - they have a licence to use/modify only to do the standard icloud things - so they can't use it for advertising or anything like that.

IANAL, as you understand, but I wouldn't worry.
posted by Lemurrhea at 12:13 PM on January 3, 2013

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