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Google drive says they can publicly perform your files. What does this mean? If I uploaded a manuscript they could go ahead and release it? What? I just don't think that I want my files "loosey goosey" like this and I only use Google docs with files I'm ok being up there. Here's more information on this.
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I used to follow copyright-related topics often. To me, the "publicly perform" wording sounds like it comes from sound and video recording: you can publish text and images, but you perform other types of copyrightable works.

This is the next sentence in Google's overall TOS: "The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. "

One way to read that: you grant us these rights so we can reproduce (make copies of) your stuff, like to deliver them to the people you're collaborating with.

But there are other ways as well, and I don't need cloud storage that badly. To me, this is a reminder about good personal backup onto media that I control.
Your definition is a great one. Been thinking about writing a blog post on this. Will you allow me to share your comments?
Sure. Adapt as you need. Here's a relevant clip from 17 USC 106. (Title 17 of the United States Code deals with copyright.) I've capitalized PERFORM to highlight where it appears in context

Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:
(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords;
(2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
(3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
(4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works,TO PERFORM the copyrighted work publicly;
(5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and
(6) in the case of sound recordings, TO PERFORM the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
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