Google Play

Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement

Effective as of Feb 26, 2018 (view archived version)

1. Definitions

Authorized Provider: An entity authorized to receive a distribution fee for Products that are sold to users of Devices.

Brand Features: The trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features of each party, respectively, as owned (or licensed) by such party from time to time.

Developer or You: Any person or company who provides Products for distribution through Google Play in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Developer Account: A publishing account issued to a Developer in connection with the distribution of Developer Products via Google Play.

Device: Any device that can access Google Play.

Google: Google LLC, a Delaware limited liability company with principal place of business at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States; Google Ireland Limited, a company incorporated in Ireland with principal place of business at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland; Google Commerce Limited, a company incorporated in Ireland with principal place of business at Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland; or Google Asia Pacific Pte. Limited, a company incorporated in Singapore with principal place of business at 70 Pasir Panjang Road, #03-71, Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117371. Google may update the Google entities and their addresses from time to time.

Google Play: The software and services, including the Play Console, which allow Developers to distribute Products to users of Devices.

Intellectual Property Rights: All patent rights, copyrights, trademark rights, rights in trade secrets, database rights, moral rights, and any other intellectual property rights (registered or unregistered) throughout the world.

Payment Account: A financial account issued by a Payment Processor to a Developer that authorizes the Payment Processor to collect and remit payments on the Developer's behalf for Products sold via Google Play.

Payment Processor(s): The entity authorized by Google to provide services that enable Developers with Payment Accounts to be paid for Products distributed via Google Play.

Play Console: The Google Play Console and other online tools or services provided by Google to developers at https://play.google.com/apps/publish, as may be updated from time to time.

Products: Software, content, digital materials, and other items and services as made available by Developers via the Play Console.

Tax: Any Federal, state, or local sales, use, value added, goods and services, or other similar transaction taxes. This term excludes telecommunication taxes and similar tax types, property taxes, and taxes based on Your income, including income, franchise, business and occupation, and other similar tax types.

2. Accepting this Agreement

2.1 This agreement ("Agreement") forms a legally binding contract between You and Google in relation to Your use of Google Play to distribute Products. You are contracting with the applicable Google entity based on where You have selected to distribute Your Product (as set forth here). You acknowledge that Google will, solely at Your direction, display and make Your Products available for viewing, download, and purchase by users. In order to use Google Play to distribute Products, You accept this Agreement and will provide and maintain complete and accurate information in the Play Console.

2.2 Google will not permit the distribution of Your Products through Google Play, and You may not accept the Agreement, unless You are verified as a Developer in good standing.

2.3 If You are agreeing to be bound by this Agreement on behalf of Your employer or other entity, You represent and warrant that You have full legal authority to bind Your employer or such entity to this Agreement. If You do not have the requisite authority, You may not accept the Agreement or use Google Play on behalf of Your employer or other entity.

3. Pricing, Payments, and Taxes

3.1 This Agreement covers both Products that users can access for free and Products that users pay a fee to access. In order for a fee to be charged for Your Products and to be paid for Products distributed via Google Play, You must have a valid Payment Account under a separate agreement with a Payment Processor, be approved by a Payment Processor for a Payment Account, and maintain that account in good standing. If there is a conflict between Your Payment Processor agreement and this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement will apply.

3.2 Products are displayed to users at prices You establish in Your sole discretion. If Google believes that Taxes may be owed by You or Google on the sale of Products, You grant Google permission to include any such Taxes in the price charged to users. You may set the price for Your Products in the currencies permitted by the Payment Processor. Google may display the price of Products to users in their native currency, but Google is not responsible to You for the accuracy of currency rates or currency conversion.

3.3 Acting as Your agent, and with You acting as a principal, Google is the merchant of record for Products sold or made available to users in the European Economic Area (EEA). You are the merchant of record for Products You sell or make available via Google Play to all other users. The price You set for Products will determine the amount of payment You will receive. A "Transaction Fee", as set forth here and as may be revised by Google from time to time, will be charged on the sales price and apportioned to the Payment Processor and, if one exists, the Authorized Provider.

3.4 In the EEA and certain countries/territories as described here, Google will determine if a Product is taxable and if so, the applicable Tax rate will be collected either by Google, the Payment Processor, or the Authorized Provider, and remitted to the appropriate taxing authority for Products sold to users. Google may update the countries/territories where it will determine and remit the Taxes with notice to You. In all other countries/territories, You are responsible for determining if a Product is taxable, the applicable rate of Tax to be collected, and for remitting the Taxes to the appropriate taxing authority. All Taxes will be deducted from the sales price of Products sold and the remainder (sales price less Transaction Fee and Taxes, if any) will be remitted to You. Where Google collects and remits Taxes in applicable countries/territories, You and Google will recognize a supply from You to Google for Tax purposes, and You will comply with the relevant Tax obligations arising from this additional supply. Where either Google, the Payment Processor, or the Authorized Provider is required by applicable (local) legislation to withhold any taxes ("Withholding Taxes") on payments made or received by any of them, Google will also deduct an amount equal to such Withholding Taxes from the sales price. Withholding Taxes include, but are not limited to, withholding tax obligations on cross-border payments or imposed by telecommunications taxes.

3.5 You may also choose to make Products available for free. If the Product is free, You will not be charged a Transaction Fee. To avoid unexpected fees for users, You agree that Products that were initially offered free of charge to users will remain free of charge. Any additional charges will correlate with an alternative or supplemental version of the Product.

3.6 You authorize Google to give users refunds in accordance with the Google Play refund policies as located here or the local versions made available to You. In all other respects, the Payment Processor’s standard terms and conditions regarding refunds will apply. User refunds may be exclusive of taxes previously charged to users for Product purchases.

3.7 Users are allowed unlimited reinstalls of each Product distributed via Google Play without any additional fee, provided however, that if You remove a Product from Google Play due to a Legal Takedown (as defined in Section 8.2), those Product(s) will be removed from all portions of Google Play and users will no longer have a right or ability to reinstall the affected Products.

4. Use of Google Play by You

4.1 You and Your Product(s) must adhere to the Developer Program Policies.

4.2 You are responsible for uploading Your Products to Google Play, providing required Product information and support to users, and accurately disclosing the permissions necessary for the Product to function on user Devices.

4.3 You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any developer credentials that Google may issue to You or which You may choose Yourself and You are solely responsible for all Products that are developed under Your developer credentials. Google may limit the number of Developer Accounts issued to You or to the company or organization You work for.

4.4 Except for the license rights granted by You in this Agreement, Google agrees that it obtains no right, title, or interest from You (or Your licensors) under this Agreement in or to any of Your Products, including any Intellectual Property Rights in those Products.

4.5 You may not use Google Play to distribute or make available any Product which has a purpose that facilitates the distribution of software applications and games for use on Android devices outside of Google Play.

4.6 You agree to use Google Play only for purposes that are permitted by this Agreement and any applicable law, regulation, or generally accepted practices or guidelines in the relevant jurisdictions (including any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the United States or other relevant countries).

4.7 Users are instructed to contact You concerning any defects or performance issues in Your Products. As between You and Google, You will be solely responsible, and Google will have no responsibility, to undertake or handle support and maintenance of Your Products and any complaints about Your Products. You agree to supply and maintain valid and accurate contact information that will be displayed in each of Your Products’ detail page and made available to users for customer support and legal purposes. For Your paid Products or in-app transactions, You agree to respond to customer support inquiries within 3 business days, and within 24 hours to any support or Product concerns stated to be urgent by Google. Failure to provide adequate information or support for Your Products may result in less prominent Product exposure or removal from Google Play by Google and may result in low Product ratings, lower sales, and billing disputes by users.

4.8 You agree that if You make Your Products available through Google Play, You will protect the privacy and legal rights of users. If the users provide You with, or Your Product accesses or uses, usernames, passwords, or other login information or personal information, You agree to make the users aware that the information will be available to Your Product, and You agree to provide legally adequate privacy notice and protection for those users. Further, Your Product may only use that information for the limited purposes for which the user has given You permission to do so. If Your Product stores personal or sensitive information provided by users, You agree to do so securely and only for as long as it is needed. However, if the user has opted into a separate agreement with You that allows You or Your Product to store or use personal or sensitive information directly related to Your Product (not including other products or applications), then the terms of that separate agreement will govern Your use of such information. If the user provides Your Product with Google Account information, Your Product may only use that information to access the user's Google Account when, and for the limited purposes for which, the user has given You permission to do so.

4.9 You will not engage in any activity with Google Play, including making Your Products available via Google Play, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Google or any Authorized Provider. You may not use user information obtained via Google Play to sell or distribute Products outside of Google Play.

4.10 You are solely responsible for, and Google has no responsibility to You for, Your Products, including use of any Google Play APIs and for the consequences of Your actions, including any loss or damage which Google may suffer.

4.11 Google Play allows users to rate and review Products. Only users who download the applicable Product will be able to rate and review it on Google Play. Product ratings may be used to determine the placement of Products on Google Play. Google Play may also assign You a composite score for any of Your Products that has not received user ratings. A composite score will be a representation of the quality of Your Product based on Your history and will be determined at Google's sole discretion. For new Developers without Product history, Google may use or publish performance measurements such as uninstall and/or refund rates to identify or remove Products that are not meeting acceptable standards, as determined by Google. Google reserves the right to display Products to users in a manner that will be determined at Google's sole discretion. Your Products may be subject to user ratings to which You may not agree. You may contact Google if You have any questions or concerns regarding such ratings.

5. License Grants

5.1 You grant to Google a nonexclusive, worldwide, and royalty-free license to: reproduce, perform, display, analyze, and use Your Products in connection with (a) the operation and marketing of Google Play; (b) the marketing of devices and services that support the use of the Products; (c) making improvements to Google Play, Play Console, and Android platform; and (d) checking for compliance with this Agreement and the Developer Program Policies.

5.2 You grant to Google a nonexclusive and royalty-free license to distribute Your Products in the manner indicated in the Play Console.

5.3 You grant to the user a nonexclusive, worldwide, and perpetual license to perform, display, and use the Product. The user may include, but is not limited to, a family group and family members whose accounts are joined together for the purpose of creating a family group. Family groups on Google Play will be subject to reasonable limits designed to prevent abuse of family sharing features. Users in a family group may purchase a single copy of the Product (unless otherwise prohibited, as for in-app and subscription Products) and share it with other family members in their family group. If, in the Play Console, You opt in to allowing users to share previously purchased Products, Your authorization of sharing of those purchases by those users is subject to this Agreement. If You choose, You may include a separate end user license agreement (EULA) in Your Product that will govern the user’s rights to the Product, but, to the extent that EULA conflicts with this Agreement, this Agreement will supersede the EULA.

6. Brand Features and Publicity

6.1 Each party will own all right, title, and interest, including, without limitation, all Intellectual Property Rights, relating to its Brand Features. Except to the limited extent expressly provided in this Agreement, neither party grants, nor will the other party acquire, any right, title, or interest (including, without limitation, any implied license) in or to any Brand Features of the other party.

6.2 Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Developer grants to Google and its affiliates a limited, nonexclusive, royalty-free license during the term of this Agreement to display Developer Brand Features, submitted by Developer to Google, for use solely online or on mobile devices and in either case solely in connection with the distribution and sale of Developer's Product via Google Play or to otherwise fulfill its obligations under this Agreement.

6.3 In addition to the license granted in Section 6.2 above, for purposes of marketing the presence, distribution, and sale of Your Product via Google Play and its availability for use on devices and through other Google services, Google and its affiliates may include visual elements from Your Product (including characters and videos of game play) and Developer Brand Features (a) within Google Play and in any Google-owned online or mobile properties; (b) in online, mobile, television, out of home (e.g. billboard), and print advertising formats outside Google Play; (c) when making announcements of the availability of the Product; (d) in presentations; and (e) in customer lists which appear either online or on mobile devices (which includes, without limitation, customer lists posted on Google websites).

6.4 Google grants to Developer a limited, nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty- free license to use the Android Brand Features for the term of this Agreement solely for marketing purposes and only in accordance with the Android Brand Guidelines.

6.5 If Developer discontinues the distribution of specific Products via Google Play, Google will cease use of the discontinued Products' Brand Features pursuant to this Section 6, except as necessary to allow Google to effectuate reinstalls by users.

7. Promotional Activities

7.1 Google may run promotional activities offering coupons, credits, and/or other promotional incentives for paid transactions and/or user actions for Your Products and in-app transactions solely in connection with Google Play promotions and, for gift card promotions, also on Google authorized third-party channels ("Promotion(s)"), provided that (a) amounts payable to You will not be impacted; (b) there will be clear communication to users that the Promotion is from Google and not You; (c) the prices You establish will be clearly communicated to users; (d) any redemption of the Promotion will be fulfilled by Google or, for gift card Promotions, through a Google authorized third party; and (e) Google will be responsible for compliance with applicable law for the Promotion.

7.2 In addition to the rights granted in Section 6, You grant Google the right to use Your Brand Features (in the form and manner provided by You) for purposes of marketing Promotions in connection with Google Play and, for gift card Promotions, on Google authorized third-party channels; provided however, that Google will only use Brand Features owned by You on authorized third- party channels.

8. Product Takedowns

8.1 You may remove Your Products from future distribution via Google Play at any time, but You agree to comply with this Agreement and the Payment Processor's Payment Account terms of service for any Products distributed via Google Play prior to removal including, but not limited to, refund requirements. Removing Your Products from future distribution via Google Play does not (a) affect the license rights of users who have previously purchased or downloaded Your Products; (b) remove Your Products from Devices or from any part of Google Play where previously purchased or downloaded applications are stored on behalf of users; or (c) change Your obligation to deliver or support Products or services that have been previously purchased or downloaded by users.

8.2 Notwithstanding Section 8.1, in no event will Google maintain on any portion of Google Play (including, without limitation, the part of Google Play where previously purchased or downloaded applications are stored on behalf of users) any Product that You have removed from Google Play and provided written notice to Google that such removal was due to (a) an allegation of infringement, or actual infringement, of any third party Intellectual Property Right; (b) an allegation of, or actual violation of, third party rights; or (c) an allegation or determination that such Product does not comply with applicable law (collectively "Legal Takedowns"). If a Product is removed from Google Play due to a Legal Takedown and an end user purchased such Product within a year before the date of takedown, at Google's request, You agree to refund to the end user all amounts paid by such end user for such Product.

8.3 Google does not undertake an obligation to monitor the Products or their content. If Google becomes aware and determines in its sole discretion that a Product or any portion thereof (a) violates any applicable law; (b) violates this Agreement, applicable policies, or other terms of service, as may be updated by Google from time to time in its sole discretion; (c) violates terms of distribution agreement with device manufacturers and Authorized Providers; or (d) creates liability for or has an adverse impact on Google or Authorized Providers; then Google may reject, remove, suspend, or reclassify the Product from Google Play or from Devices. Google reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend and/or bar any Product and/or Developer from Google Play or from Devices. If Your Product contains elements that could cause serious harm to user devices or data, Google may at its discretion disable the Product or remove it from Devices on which it has been installed. If Your Product is rejected, removed, or suspended from Google Play or from Devices pursuant to this Section 8.3, then Google may withhold payments due to Developer.

8.4 Google enters into distribution agreements with device manufacturers and Authorized Providers to place the Google Play software client application(s) on Devices. These distribution agreements may require the involuntary removal of Products in violation of the Device manufacturer's or Authorized Provider's terms of service.

9. Privacy and Information

9.1 Any data collected or used pursuant to this Agreement is in accordance with Google’s Privacy Policy.

9.2 In order to continually innovate and improve Google Play, related products and services, and the user and Developer experience across Google products and services, Google may collect certain usage statistics from Google Play and Devices including, but not limited to, information on how the Product, Google Play, and Devices are being used.

9.3 The data collected is used in the aggregate to improve Google Play, related products and services, and the user and Developer experience across Google products and services. Developers have access to certain data collected by Google via the Play Console.

10. Terminating this Agreement

10.1 This Agreement will continue to apply until terminated, subject to the terms that survive pursuant to Section 16.9, by either You or Google as set forth below.

10.2 If You want to terminate this Agreement, You will unpublish all of Your Products and cease Your use of the Play Console and any relevant developer credentials.

10.3 Google may terminate this Agreement with You for any reason with thirty (30) days prior written notice. In addition, Google may, at any time, immediately suspend or terminate this Agreement with You if (a) You have breached any provision of this Agreement, any non-disclosure agreement, or other agreement relating to Google Play or the Android platform; (b) Google is required to do so by law; (c) You cease being an authorized developer, a developer in good standing, or are barred from using Android software; or (d) Google decides to no longer provide Google Play.

10.4 After termination of this Agreement, Google will not distribute Your Product, but may retain and use copies of the Product for support of Google Play and the Android platform.

11. Representations and Warranties

11.1 You represent and warrant that You have all Intellectual Property Rights in and to Your Product(s).

11.2 If You use third-party materials, You represent and warrant that You have the right to distribute the third-party material in the Product. You agree that You will not submit material to Google Play that is subject to third party Intellectual Property Rights unless You are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to submit the material.

11.3 You represent and warrant that You and Your Product(s) will comply with all applicable laws.

12. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

12.1 YOU UNDERSTAND AND EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE PLAY CONSOLE AND GOOGLE PLAY IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND THAT THE PLAY CONSOLE AND GOOGLE PLAY ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

12.2 YOUR USE OF THE PLAY CONSOLE AND GOOGLE PLAY AND ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE PLAY CONSOLE AND GOOGLE PLAY IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER DEVICE OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM SUCH USE.

12.3 GOOGLE FURTHER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

13.1 TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU UNDERSTAND AND EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT GOOGLE, ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND ITS LICENSORS WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES THAT MAY BE INCURRED BY YOU, INCLUDING ANY LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER OR NOT GOOGLE OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH LOSSES ARISING.

14. Indemnification

14.1 To the maximum extent permitted by law, You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Google, its affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents, and Authorized Providers from and against any and all third party claims, actions, suits, or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or accruing from (a) Your use of the Play Console and Google Play in violation of this Agreement; (b) infringement or violation by Your Product(s) of any Intellectual Property Right or any other right of any person; or (c) You or Your Product(s)’ violation of any law.

14.2 To the maximum extent permitted by law, You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the applicable Payment Processors (which may include Google and/or third parties) and the Payment Processors' affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all third party claims, actions, suits, or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or accruing from Your distribution of Products via Google Play.

15. Changes to the Agreement.

15.1 Google may make changes to this Agreement at any time with notice to Developer and the opportunity to decline further use of Google Play. You should look at the Agreement and check for notice of any changes regularly.

15.2 Changes will not be retroactive. They will become effective, and will be deemed accepted by Developer, (a) immediately for those who become Developers after the notification is posted; or (b) for pre-existing Developers, on the date specified in the notice, which will be no sooner than 30 days after the changes are posted (except changes required by law which will be effective immediately).

15.3 If You do not agree with the modifications to the Agreement, You may terminate Your use of Google Play, which will be Your sole and exclusive remedy. You agree that Your continued use of Google Play constitutes Your agreement to the modified terms of this Agreement.

16.1 This Agreement, including any addenda You may have agreed to separately, constitutes the entire legal agreement between You and Google and governs Your use of Google Play and completely replaces any prior agreements between You and Google in relation to Google Play. The English language version of this Agreement will control and translations, if any, are non-binding and for reference only.

16.2 You agree that if Google does not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy contained in this Agreement (or which Google has the benefit of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of Google's rights and that those rights or remedies will still be available to Google.

16.3 If any court of law having the jurisdiction to decide on this matter rules that any provision of this Agreement is invalid, then that provision will be removed from this Agreement without affecting the rest of this Agreement. The remaining provisions of this Agreement will continue to be valid and enforceable.

16.4 You acknowledge and agree that each member of the group of companies comprising Google will be third party beneficiaries to this Agreement and that such other companies will be entitled to directly enforce, and rely upon, any provision of this Agreement that confers a benefit on (or rights in favor of) them. Other than this, no other person or company will be third party beneficiaries to this Agreement.

16.5 PRODUCTS ON GOOGLE PLAY MAY BE SUBJECT TO UNITED STATES AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS EXPORT LAWS AND REGULATIONS. YOU AGREE TO COMPLY WITH ALL DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL EXPORT LAWS AND REGULATIONS THAT APPLY TO YOUR DISTRIBUTION OR USE OF PRODUCTS. THESE LAWS INCLUDE RESTRICTIONS ON DESTINATIONS, USERS, AND END USE.

16.6 Except in the case of a change of control (for example, through a stock purchase or sale, merger, or other form of corporate transaction), the rights granted in this Agreement may not be assigned or transferred by either You or Google without the prior approval of the other party. Any other attempt to assign is void.

16.7 If You experience a change of control, Google may, at its discretion, elect to immediately terminate this Agreement.

16.8 All claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement or Your relationship with Google under this Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of California, excluding California’s conflict of laws provisions. You and Google further agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal or state courts located within the county of Santa Clara, California to resolve any legal matter arising from or relating to this Agreement or Your relationship with Google under this Agreement, except that You agree that Google will be allowed to apply for injunctive relief in any jurisdiction. If You are accepting the Agreement on behalf of a United States government entity, then the following applies instead of the foregoing: the parties agree to remain silent regarding governing law and venue.

16.9 Sections 1 (Definitions), 6.5, 10.4, 11 (Representations and Warranties), 12 (Disclaimer of Warranties), 13 (Limitation of Liability), 14 (Indemnification), and 16 (General Legal Terms) will survive any expiration or termination of this Agreement.