Storing projects on Google drive...concerns?

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Storing projects on Google drive...concerns?

Postby nickture » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:03 pm

Hey Linux musician community,
Not sure if this topic fits in this category but if not feel free to move!
Anyways, I've been thinking about this as of late. Maybe I'm overly paranoid, but I'd like to hear your opinions on this. I keep copies of pretty much all of my completed and in progress projects in a Google drive folder, mainly because my old Thinkcentre box doesn't have a CD/DVD burner :oops:... and because I'm lazy and Drive is always easily within reach. With all of the privacy concerns surrounding Google, especially what they do with your information in regards to ads and marketing, I'm a little worried about "ownership" of my own creations. I've never read Google's fine print for Drive (if there is any), so I'm curious to know what you all think about this. Offhand, does anyone think there could come a time where Google says "since you've been using our service for x and y, we technically can do what we want with the content in it because you agreed to the terms and conditions of said service (Drive in this case)".

Maybe I am just overthinking about a non-issue but it's sort of been bugging me. Thanks ahead of time!

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Re: Storing projects on Google drive...concerns?

Postby CrocoDuck » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:22 pm

nickture wrote:Offhand, does anyone think there could come a time where Google says "since you've been using our service for x and y, we technically can do what we want with the content in it because you agreed to the terms and conditions of said service (Drive in this case)".


Short answer: I don't know. Best to check the terms of the agreement to be sure.

I do not think the agreement allows Google to claim ownership of the things users upload, though.

In case you believe you want to move away from Google and the like, I can mention what I did.

I made my own Nextcloud server with a raspberry pi and an old 1TB USB hard drive. More info: https://ownyourbits.com/nextcloudpi/

I have been using that for more than a year now, I think. I am fairly impressed by how easy it was to setup and how well it works. Be aware that when you setup your own cloud server, then you are responsible for your own data security and backup.

I got the hell encrypted out of mine.
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Re: Storing projects on Google drive...concerns?

Postby tavasti » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:26 pm

nickture wrote:Anyways, I've been thinking about this as of late. Maybe I'm overly paranoid, but I'd like to hear your opinions on this. I keep copies of pretty much all of my completed and in progress projects in a Google drive folder, mainly because my old Thinkcentre box doesn't have a CD/DVD burner :oops:... and because I'm lazy and Drive is always easily within reach. With all of the privacy concerns surrounding Google, especially what they do with your information in regards to ads and marketing, I'm a little worried about "ownership" of my own creations.

If you are worried, just add there strong encryption. gpg might be good.
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Re: Storing projects on Google drive...concerns?

Postby milo » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:35 pm

nickture wrote:Maybe I am just overthinking about a non-issue but it's sort of been bugging me. Thanks ahead of time!


I think this particular concern is probably overboard. Imagine the optics of a lawsuit brought against Google for commandeering intellectual property from their users. It would be terrible PR for them if you could prove your case. Users would flee them like rats off of a sinking ship, which is what they would be at that point.

I think you have more to fear from their violation of your privacy than from their violation of your intellectual property.

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Re: Storing projects on Google drive...concerns?

Postby nickture » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:54 am

I think this particular concern is probably overboard. Imagine the optics of a lawsuit brought against Google for commandeering intellectual property from their users. It would be terrible PR for them if you could prove your case. Users would flee them like rats off of a sinking ship, which is what they would be at that point.

I think you have more to fear from their violation of your privacy than from their violation of your intellectual property.


Great point(s) - I figured I was overthinking that, but sometimes things pop into your head at 3 a.m. and you can't shake them out haha! I do think it'd be a good idea to eventually store my projects on bare metal, whether it be cds or an external hard drive. Something in addition to cloud storage, ya know?


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