Given the post I just did about the sea change at Google Books, I went looking for the new Terms of Service for Google Play and found something no one else has mentioned — at least that I’ve seen:
Use of Digital Content. Following payment of the applicable fees for an item of Digital Content, for as long as Google and the applicable copyright holder have rights to provide you that Digital Content, Google gives you the non-exclusive right to download, subject to the restrictions set forth herein, copies of the applicable Digital Content to your Devices, and to view, use, and display such Digital Content an unlimited number of times on your Devices or as otherwise authorized by Google as part of the Service for your personal, non-commercial use. If Google or the applicable copyright holder loses the rights to provide you any Digital Content, Google will cease serving such Digital Content to you and you may lose the ability to use such Digital Content. For certain Digital Content, Google may be acting as an agent of the copyright holder (and its agents) in providing such Digital Content to you under the Terms of Service. You acknowledge that such copyright holder (and its agents) shall be the seller(s) of such Digital Content to you under the Terms of Service. Select, copy and paste functions may be available for some Digital Content, and you must use these features within the prescribed limits and only for personal non-commercial purposes.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
So what exactly is going on here?
If eBooks are going to be Cloud-based, with offline reading via an offline cache, then once Google’s contract for sale is up, your eBook — that you paid for — will disappear?
That’s how I read it.
Google needs to clarify this.
To me, a purchase is a purchase. You took my money in exchange for the goods and whether or not you still have a contract to sell those goods, if you are storing it for me and you are the only method for storing it, it should remain on your service.