Impersonation and Intellectual Property

Impersonation and Intellectual Property

When developers copy someone else’s work or deceive users, it hurts users and the developer community. Don't rely on misleading or unfair use of other people’s work.


We don’t allow apps that use another app or entity’s brand, title, logo, or name in a manner that may result in misleading users. Don’t try to imply an endorsement or relationship with another entity where none exists. Impersonation can occur even if there isn’t an intent to deceive, so please be careful when referencing any brands that do not belong to you. This applies even if that brand doesn’t yet have a presence on Google Play.

Here are some examples of common violations:

  • Developers that falsely suggest an affiliation with another entity:

    ① The developer name listed for this app suggests an official relationship with Google, even though such a relationship doesn’t exist.

  • App titles and icons that are so similar to those of existing products or services that users may be misled:

  • Apps that falsely claim to be the official app of an established entity. Titles like “Justin Bieber Official” are not allowed without the necessary permissions or rights.

  • Apps that violate the Android Brand Guidelines.

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