Beyond the Clouds, Part 1: What Cloud Contracts Say About Who Owns and Can Access Your Content

22 Pages Posted: 14 May 2019

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Johan David Michels

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Christopher Millard

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law - Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Srishti Joshi

Queen Mary University of London

Date Written: May 11, 2019

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of provisions commonly found in the terms of service (‘ToS’) of consumer cloud services, with a focus on issues of ownership of and access to content and accounts. In December 2018, we surveyed the ToS of 35 services, including storage, messaging, email, and social network services, as well as content services for e-books, music, and video content. We reviewed terms impacting copyright in content uploaded to the cloud service; copyright licence terms for content ‘purchased’ from a cloud provider; and terms affecting users’ rights of access, including assignment and post-mortem access.

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K11, K12, K36, D18, O34, P14

Suggested Citation

Michels, Johan David and Millard, Christopher and Joshi, Srishti, Beyond the Clouds, Part 1: What Cloud Contracts Say About Who Owns and Can Access Your Content (May 11, 2019). Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 315/2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3386609

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Christopher Millard

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Srishti Joshi

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