Internet-based telephony services like Skype and Google Voice are a lifesaver for travelers, who can make reliable and inexpensive voice and video calls from almost anywhere on the planet. But who actually owns the data from these calls?

You? The person you’re phoning? Or the company that’s hosting the call?

That’s a question raised by Cleo Paskal, a fellow travel writer, after Skype changed its End User License Agreement (EULA).

Here’s the clause that worries Paskal.

3.2.4 Licence: You hereby grant to Skype a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable and transferable licence to Use the Content in any media in connection with the Skype Services.

Content: means any and all content consisting of text, sounds, pictures, photos, video and/or any type of information or communications.

What does this actually mean? Could it be, to quote Paskal, a “major rights grab”?

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