Google & GrandCentral: Addressing Copyright Concerns
It's safe to assume that Google, in purchasing GrandCentral, didn't set aside millions of dollars as a hedge against lawsuits like it did as part of the YouTube acquistion. So it's not surprising to see Grandcentral -- which offers "one phone number for all your phones, for life" -- making some quick changes to curtail possible copyright-infringement claims.
GrandCentral offers a range of truly useful features, but one that was just plain fun was "RingShare." This allowed users to pick from a range of different ringtones (authentic Russian *beeeeeep*, anyone?), or -- better yet -- upload their own MP3 for a personalized ring, "please hold" message or muzak.
As of today, though, the MP3 option is no more. (See below)
I can't complain about this decision; the legal liability for Google/GrandCentral isn't worth it for what amounted to a non-essential, gee-whiz feature. But given that my "hold music" has been X's 4th of July for months now, it would've been nice if they'd waited just a few more days...
|Grand Central E-mail about RingShare||92.12 KB|
|The RIAA-friendly choices available now (sigh...)||101.43 KB|