Strenge regels bijeenkomsten Google Glass

Google Glass Logo Vandaag en morgen komen in San Francisco ontwikkelaars bij elkaar voor een Project Glass hackathon. Dit zijn de ontwikkelaars die zich afgelopen jaar hebben ingeschreven voor een prototype van de nieuwe bril van Google voor een bedrag van 1500 dollar. Vrijdag en zaterdag zal er een vergelijkbare bijeenkomst plaats gaan vinden in New York.

Wie nu hoopt op een paar nieuwtjes afkomstig van deze twee bijeenkomsten komt bedrogen uit want het blijkt dat er strenge regels gelden voor de deelnemende ontwikkelaars. Alle deelnemers hebben een geheimhoudingsverklaring (NDA) moeten tekenen waarmee het verboden wordt om te praten over het project met de media of details over de bijeenkomst online te delen tenzij hier toestemming voor wordt gegeven.

Google staat het verder niet toe dat deelnemers hun eigen Google+ accounts gebruiken maar in plaats daarvan worden er door Google speciale ontwikkelaarsaccounts beschikbaar gemaakt zodat het bedrijf deze later altijd weer kan blokkeren als dat nodig is. Ander voordeel van deze accounts is dat het bedrijf gemaakte foto's en video's op deze manier direct kan bekijken. Zodra de proefperiode is afgelopen zal Google alle accounts weer gaan verwijderen maar foto's, video's en locatiegegevens blijven wel behouden.

Het bedrijf claimt daarnaast de rechten over alle foto's en video's die deelnemers maken van de bril en met de bril, gemaakte foto's en video's mogen alleen gedeeld worden met schriftelijke toestemming van Google. Een ander gedeelte in het contract wijst er echter wel op dat deelnemers hun eigen bril mogen meenemen na de bijeenkomst om deze in het dagelijks leven te gebruiken maar de bril mag niet buiten de Verenigde Staten gebruikt worden, het is tevens niet toegestaan om andere mensen de bril uit te laten proberen.

Het volledige contract dat online geplaatst door de website ReadWrite lees je hieronder.

1. General

  • Google "may" give attendees access to "Glass and other Google products," but it's only for testing purposes and to solicit feedback.
  • Only U.S. residents are allowed.
  • The Google Glass devices attendees "may" receive can be used only in the U.S.
  • No one other than the attendee can wear or use Glass without Google's permission.
  • Either Google or the participant can terminate participation freely.
  • Everything is covered under Google's overall terms of service and privacy policy, as well as any additional terms for individual products.
  • Google warns participants not to use Glass while driving, biking, using sharp objects, or playing sports, and to use caution while walking and crossing streets. If they have any concern about the safety of using Glass, Google asks participants to stop using them and return them immediately.
  • Glass has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transmitters/receivers, but since it hasn't been FCC authorized, they must remain in the hands of authorized testers.
  • Google will collect feedback from users, including location and usage data, survey responses, and recordings of voice or images taken during in-person interviews or studies. It will all be associated with participants' names and retained by Google.
  • Photos or videos taken of Glass devices or at Glass Foundry events, including (but not limited to) images of the participants wearing Glass, are Google's confidential information, and participants can't copy, store, or share them without Google's written consent.
  • Participants are not allowed to use their own Google accounts with Glass. They're getting developer accounts to which Google has full access, which will be deleted after the agreement is over.
  • Photos taken wearing Glass will all be added to the Instant Upload album of developers' test Google+ accounts, so Google will see them all immediately, as well as their location data.

2. Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights

  • Google owns everything, basically. "You waive any moral rights you have and agree not to exercise them." (The term "moral rights" is lawyer-speak for a very specific set of copyright restrictions.)
  • Google can only use participants' photos and videos externally with their consent, except photos, audio, and video of or by the participant while using Glass or at the Foundry event. Google can use that internally or externally as it pleases.
  • Google "may" provide participants with copies of their photos and videos, but they can use them externally only with Google's consent.
  • Software developed by participants is governed by separate terms.

3. Confidentiality

  • Participants cannot talk to the media or post publicly about Glass without Google's written consent.
  • All information provided by Google to participants, as well as their feedback, is Google's confidential information. If participants are legally required to disclose any information, they must tell Google immediately.

4. Term and Termination

  • The agreement goes into effect when signed, and participants have to notify Google in writing to terminate it. Google can suspend or terminate participation at any time.
  • Sections 2 through 8 still apply after the agreement is terminated.
  • Participants have to return Glass devices and confidential info to Google immediately after the agreement is terminated.
  • Google will delete the developer's account information after termination but keep all the photos, videos, logs, and usage and location data.
  • If participants breach the terms of the agreement, Google can blacklist them forever from developer programs.

Miscellaneous Bits At The End

  • Google is liable for warranty claims in relation to this program only up to $100.
  • Google is indemnified against anything participants do in violation of the agreement.
  • Google's failure to enforce any provision of the agreement does not constitute a waiver of it.
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