Terms and Conditions
You should read the full terms and conditions but here is a quick summary of some important points to help guide you - the full terms and conditions still apply though.
Our games each have their own end user license agreements which explain how our games can be used.
Read included documents:
Updated: 27 October 2015 12:44
MOJANG ACCOUNT TERMS
These Account Terms cover the ways our websites mojang.com and minecraft.net (our "Website") will be provided to you and may be used by you. It is important to us that all of the members of our community can enjoy using our Website, so we've made these Account Terms to set a few ground rules. We also want to make sure that people don't use our Website in a way which might have a bad impact on our games or our brand.
By visiting our Website, you are agreeing to these Account Terms, which makes a legal agreement between us both. If you don't agree with these Account Terms, you should stop using the Website.
BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER
For those that who live in the United States, please click here to review the binding arbitration agreement and class action waiver that is part of these Account Terms. Under the agreement, we both agree to use a neutral arbitrator to decide any individual claims that may arise and thus agree to waive our rights to bring individual claims in court for consideration by a judge or jury. We also agree that class action lawsuits and class-wide arbitrations are not allowed under the terms of the agreement.
The complete Arbitration Agreement is on this page. You and we agree to it; please read it.
REGISTRATION, ACCOUNT AND PASSWORD
The details you give us as part of the registration must be correct. You can change your registration details if they become out of date. If you deliberately tell us something that you know isn't true, we may terminate or suspend your account.
You might need to register with us to access all of the parts of our Website. The username and password that you create and the activities occurring on your account are your responsibility, so please protect them and remember that our staff will never ask you to give out your password. You should change your password if you think someone whom you did not authorize knows what it is. Please note that we are not responsible if someone uses your password to do something on our Website that you don't like or that causes you harm.
RIGHTS OF USE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
You are free to use our Website as long as you stick to these Account Terms. You can only use this Website and its content for your personal use. Your permission to use this Website is personal to you, so you can't give it to anyone else.
Don't forget that we still own the Website and the content on it, but we are giving you permission to use it. We want you to enjoy using our Website, but if we want, we can take away your permission to use our Website at any time if necessary.
If you want to notify us that you believe someone is infringing your intellectual property on our Website or services, please submit your notice here (https://www.microsoft.com/info/cpyrtInfrg.aspx). If appropriate, we may terminate the accounts of users who are repeat infringers. We reserve the right to take down any content in our discretion.
RESTRICTIONS AND OBLIGATIONS
You aren't allowed to hack, decompile or change our Website at all and you mustn't do so. This includes the code or any content or data. Basically, you should just leave it as it is. You also aren't allowed to create any software or content that mimics our Website or branding. We really don't want any of our community to get confused about which is the official Website and which is a website that someone other than us operates.
Please don't use our Website in a way which we might think is offensive, immoral or illegal, or makes other people feel uncomfortable. We don't want our Website to be used in a way which upsets people.
You can't use our Website for commercial purposes, and you aren't allowed to try to make money from using our Website.
FORUM AND COMMUNICATIONS
If we are running a forum, we are just allowing members of our community to put their thoughts on our Website. It doesn't mean we represent or agree with those thoughts, and we can't be held responsible for what people post on our Website.
If we happen to see a post that we think is offensive, we might take it down, but it's not our job to screen or moderate the posts people make. What we say about forums and posts also applies to anything which enables people to put any other content, views or material on our Website or send it to others using the Website.
If you are going to put something up on our Website, it must not be offensive to people or illegal, it must be honest, and it must be your own creation. Some examples of the types of things you must not put on our Website include: posts that include racist or homophobic language; posts that are bullying; posts that are offensive or that damage our or another person's reputation; posts that include porn, advertising or someone else's creation or image; or posts that impersonate a moderator or try to trick or exploit people.
If you put something you don't have the right to put on our Website, you could get into a lot of trouble so please don't do it. You agree that whatever you post does not infringe anyone else's intellectual property or other rights.
If you post any content on our Website, you must (and by doing so you actually do) give us permission to use, copy, modify, adapt, distribute and publicly display that content as part of our Websites and games. This permission is perpetual, worldwide and irrevocable. You also agree to let us permit others to use, copy, modify, adapt, distribute and publicly display your content. You are not giving up your ownership rights in your content, you are just giving us and other users permission to use it. For example, we may need to copy, reformat, and distribute content that you post on our website so others can read it. If you don't want to give us this permission, then please do not post any content on our Website. Please think carefully before you post any content, because it will be made public and might even be used by other people in a way you don't like.
We reserve the right to take down any content in our discretion.
Please watch out if you are talking to people on or through our Website. It is hard for either you or us to know for sure that what people say is true, or even if people are really who they say they are. You should always think twice about giving out information about yourself.
GOVERNING LAW, AND PLACE TO RESOLVE DISPUTES
These Account Terms do not affect any legal (statutory) rights that you may have under the law that applies to you for the Website or anything you buy through the Website. You might have certain rights which the law that applies to you says cannot be excluded. Nothing we say in these Account Terms will affect those legal rights, even if we say something which sounds like it contradicts your legal rights. That's what we mean when we say "subject to applicable law".
SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE LAW, When you use our Website or services, you use them 'as is'. This means that we are not making any promises to you about the standard or quality of our Website, its content or that our Website will be uninterrupted or error free. This means that we aren't responsible for any losses you may suffer as a result of your use of our Website.
If you and we ever have a dispute in court (and we hope that won't happen just as much as you do), the exclusive forum (that is, the place it will be handled) will be a state or federal court in King County, WA (if you live in the United States) or a court in Ontario (if you live in Canada). (If you live in the United States, most disputes go to arbitration, not court.) The laws of your state or province govern these Account Terms and all disputes, including disputes relating to them, our Game, or our Website, regardless of conflict of laws principles, except that the Federal Arbitration Act governs everything related to arbitration.
If we have linked our Website to another website, it doesn't mean we have checked that website. It just means that we think it's interesting. We aren't responsible for websites linked to our Website.
You can buy games on our Website, as well as other products from third-parties. In order to do this, our Website is integrated with third party service providers. To buy some products shown on our Website, you will have to leave our Website and make the transaction on a third-party website. Aspects of those transactions are covered by our third party service providers, as well as these Account Terms. We try to make sure the Website only shows games or products that are available, but of course we can't guarantee that all of the games or products will always be available.
PRICE AND PAYMENT
The pricing and payment method are set out on our Website, but we might change them every once in a while and we can refuse any form of payment if we want, and we can return payment to you without completing a transaction if the item paid for was posted or priced by mistake. You must always pay in the currency set out on our Website, but your credit card company should be able to exchange your money if necessary. Your credit card company might do security checks to make sure it is really you making the order.
RETURNS, REFUNDS AND CANCELLATION
If you can't use a game or a product because it doesn't work, let us know and we'll try to help you out.
The purchase of a game through our Website provides you with a license to use the game that commences when the download of the game starts, following which you shall not be entitled to cancel your order for the game. If you first downloaded the game to play in DEMO mode and later buy a license code, your license commences when you redeem the license code.
You or we may cancel your account at any time. When your account terminates, your rights under these Account Terms terminate. The Arbitration Agreement (if you live in the United States) and sections above with headings "Restrictions and Obligations" and "Liability" will survive termination.
We do what we can to make sure all of the information on our Website is correct. However, sometimes there might be errors. We might also cancel or suspend a transaction if there has been an error.
Sometimes we run promotions. If we do, the main rules of the promotion are below. There might be other rules relating to a particular promotion, but we will tell you about them when we tell you about the promotion.
The main rules are:
These Account Terms describe certain legal rights. The laws of your state or country may give you other rights, including consumer rights, which these Account Terms cannot change; if so, they apply as far as the law allows. Nothing excludes or limits our liability for death or bodily injury resulting from our negligence or fraudulent misrepresentations.
We may change these Account Terms from time to time, if we have reason to. For example, there might be changes to our games, our practices, or our legal obligations. We'll inform you of the change before it takes effect, either by posting a notice on our Website or some other reasonable way. If you use the Website or your account after the change, that means you agree to the changes. If you do not agree to the changes, stop using the Website. The changes will apply to your use of the Website when you next use it.
If you come to us with a suggestion for any one of our Websites or games, that suggestion is made for free and we have no obligation to accept or consider it. This means we can use or not use your suggestion in any way we want and we don't have to pay you for it. If you think you have a suggestion that we would be willing to pay you for, please do not submit your suggestion unless you have first told us you expect to be paid and we have responded in writing by asking you to submit the suggestion. This does not mean we would never pay for valuable contributions, but it does mean we have no obligation to pay.
Updated: 27 October 2015 12:44
MINECRAFT END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
MINECRAFT REALMS TERMS AND CONDITIONS
MOJANG.COM AND MINECRAFT.NET TERMS AND CONDITIONS
BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES
MOJANG.COM AND MINECRAFT.NET TERMS AND CONDITIONS
BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES
This Arbitration Agreement is part of the Minecraft End User License Agreement ("EULA") that governs your right to use Minecraft. It is also part of the Minecraft Realms Terms and Conditions and the Mojang.com and Minecraft.net Terms and Conditions. You and we also agree to these terms:
Individual Arbitration and Not in Court. We hope we never have a dispute, but if we do, you and we agree to try for 60 days to work it out informally. If we can't and you live in the United States, you and we agree to binding individual arbitration before the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") under the Federal Arbitration Act, and not to sue in court in front of a judge or jury. Instead, a neutral arbitrator will decide. AAA tries to make arbitration speedy and fair. Class action lawsuits, class-wide arbitrations, private attorney-general actions, and anything else where someone acts in a representative capacity, aren't allowed. Nor is combining individual proceedings without the consent of all parties
Disputes Covered – Everything Except IP. The term "dispute" is as broad as it can be. It means any claim or controversy between you and us concerning our Game, Minecraft Realms, a price, the EULA itself, the Terms and Conditions listed above, or this Arbitration Agreement, under any legal theory including contract, warranty, tort, statute, or regulation, except disputes relating to the enforcement or validity of your, your licensors', our, or our licensors' intellectual property rights.
Option 1 to resolve a dispute: Mail a Notice of Dispute. Our Arbitration Agreement is as generous as any we've seen because we respect our users and want to be fair. If you have a dispute and our customer service representatives can't fix it, mail a Notice of Dispute to Mojang AB c/o Microsoft Corporation, Attn: LCA Arbitration, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399. Tell us your name, address, how to contact you, what the problem is, and what you want. Download and use this form to make sure all the necessary information is included: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=245499. We'll do the same if we have a dispute with you. After 60 days, you or we may start an arbitration if we haven't worked it out.
Option 2 to resolve a dispute: Small Claims Court. Instead of mailing a Notice of Dispute, you can sue us in small claims court in the county where you live or King County, Washington, if you meet the court's requirements. We hope you'll mail a Notice of Dispute (option 1) and give us 60 days to try to work it out, but you don't have to before going to small claims court.
Arbitration Procedure. If a dispute isn’t resolved in small claims court or within 60 days after a Notice of Dispute, you or we may start an arbitration. The American Arbitration Association ("AAA") will conduct any arbitration under its Consumer Arbitration Rules. For more information, see www.adr.org or call 1-800-778-7879. To start an arbitration, submit the form available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=245497 to the AAA and follow the steps on it. In a dispute involving $25,000 or less, any hearing will be telephonic unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. Any in-person hearing will take place in the county where you live or King County, Washington; you choose. The arbitrator may award the same damages to you individually as a court could. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only to you individually to satisfy your individual claim; that means an arbitrator may determine your and our rights and order us to do something for you, but may not do either for a class or group of persons.
Fees and Payments:
- Disputes Involving Any Amount. If you start an arbitration, we won't seek our AAA or arbitrator's fees and expenses, or your filing fees we reimbursed, unless the arbitrator finds the arbitration frivolous or brought for an improper purpose. If we start an arbitration, we will pay all filing, AAA, and arbitrator's fees and expenses. We won't seek our attorney's fees or expenses from you in any arbitration. Fees and expenses are not counted in determining how much a dispute involves.
- Disputes Involving $75,000 or Less. We will promptly reimburse your filing fees and pay the AAA's and arbitrator's fees and expenses. If you reject our last written settlement offer made before the arbitrator was appointed, your dispute goes all the way to an arbitrator's decision (called an award), and the arbitrator awards you more than this last written offer, we will: (i) pay the greater of the award or $1,000; (ii) pay your reasonable attorney's fees, if any; and (iii) reimburse any expenses (including expert witness fees and costs) that your attorney reasonably accrues for investigating, preparing, and pursuing your arbitration. The arbitrator will determine the amount of fees, costs, and expenses unless you and we agree on them.
- Disputes Involving More than $75,000. The AAA rules will govern payment of filing fees and the AAA's and arbitrator's fees and expenses.
_Conflict with AAA Rules. This Arbitration Agreement governs if it conflicts with the AAA's Consumer Arbitration Rules.
Rejecting Future Arbitration Changes. You may reject any change we make to this Arbitration Agreement (except address changes) by mailing notice within 30 days of the change to the Redmond, WA address above. If you do, the most recent version of the Arbitration Agreement before the change you rejected will apply.
Must File Within One Year. You and we must file in small claims court or arbitration any claim or dispute (except intellectual property disputes – see Disputes Covered) within one year from when it first could be filed. Otherwise, it's permanently barred. If you have a dispute, tell us now. We'll do the same.
Severability. If the class action waiver in this Arbitration Agreement is found to be illegal or unenforceable as to all or parts of a dispute, this Arbitration Agreement won't apply to those parts. Instead, those parts will proceed in court with the remaining parts proceeding in arbitration. If any other provision of this Arbitration Agreement is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that provision will be severed but the rest of this Arbitration Agreement will still apply.
Updated: 27 October 2015 12:44
BRAND AND ASSET USAGE GUIDELINES FOR OUR GAMES
All of our games are really important to us and to our community, which means that lots of you want to use our Brands and the things around our games to do cool stuff. We're happy about that. Sometimes, however, people go too far and do things that make the community think that their products and services are connected with or endorsed by us or even produced by us. We are not happy about that. Especially when people do it deliberately to take unfair advantage of the community and our work in that way. When that happens, fans buy things thinking they are official when they are not. That means we can't control quality etc. which diminishes the value of the work we have done and the trust that our community has in what we do.
We want you to keep doing the cool stuff that you do and so these Guidelines are intended to help everyone understand what we consider to be fair and unfair use of our "Name", "Brands" and "Assets". We've had some help from some lawyers and they will also help us if we need to take further steps to protect our rights but the purpose of these "Guidelines" is to give some clarity on what you can do without having to contact us (or our lawyers) and what you mustn't do or else we (or our lawyers) will have to contact you. We hope you understand.
These Guidelines cover the use of our Brands and our Assets. For these purposes, when we refer to:
These Guidelines apply in addition to and not in place of our Account Terms or End User License Agreements (EULAs). Please remember that we have always said in our EULAs that we have one major rule: do not distribute anything we've made. This means don't:
unless we specifically agree to it or allow it.
These Guidelines do not change that principle but are intended to help people understand what we expect and want.
Please also check back here from time to time because we may update these guidelines and provide further guidance.
The first thing to say is that there are Essential Requirements that apply to all use of our Names, Brands, and Assets. If you are using any part of any Name, any of our Brands and /or any of our Assets, then what you are doing MUST:
These are the "Essential Requirements".
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We are very relaxed about things you create for yourself. Pretty much anything goes there - so go for it, have fun, and just don't distribute anything we've made.
We are also quite relaxed about other non-commercial things so feel free to create and share videos, screen shots, independently created mods (that don't use any of our Assets), fan art, machinima, etc.
However, if you want to use any Name in the title of a product that you distribute or service that you provide (even if it is for free) then you have to:
This applies especially if you want to set up and run any non-commercial blogs, servers, community forums, fan sites, fan clubs, news groups, events and gatherings.
We are less relaxed about commercial things. You may not use any Names in or as the main name or title of commercial things.
You may use a Name in a secondary name or title if you:
To help you we've suggested the following examples:
You may not make any other commercial use of any of our Brands or Assets. For example, you may not sell any merchandise that uses any of our Brands or Assets and you definitely may not use our Names as keywords or search tags for products that have no relationship with them or that are infringing or counterfeit.
We love the idea of people doing cool things with our games and sharing those things with the community. That's something we totally support and encourage. So please feel free to do so but please also make sure you don't go too far. For additional information, consult the Commercial Usage Guidelines (which are outside the scope of and do not form a part this agreement).
In addition to the specifics set out above, where we do allow you to do something you will always need to add a notice as follows:
Videos and Screenshots
You are allowed to put footage of our game on YouTube or any other website. In fact, we like you doing so.
So long as you stay within the Essential Requirements:
You may create, use and distribute videos of you playing or using our game for any lawful reason provided that you don't make any money from them.
However, you may make money using your videos of our game by, for instance, through ad revenue, as long as you also add your own unique content to the video, such as audio commentary. The amount you add must also be enough to make it fair and worthwhile for someone to pay for it or for you to make money from it. For example you couldn't just include your logo, web address or indent but you could add an audio commentary or your own music if you are creating a music video.
You may also make money using videos and screen-shots if it is covered by so called "fair dealing" or "fair use" exceptions to copyright, such as where it is for criticism and review, reporting current affairs etc. In each case, you will still need to add appropriate additional content and credits where applicable.
...more will follow as and when we decide what to add - so feel free to make requests.
If something isn't covered by these Guidelines and we haven't otherwise said it's okay, that probably means we don't want you to do it. In any case if it isn't covered please don't do it without getting written permission from us. You can contact us at brands at mojang.com. If something is specifically covered and permitted by these Guidelines, our Account Terms or EULAs applicable to any of our games then you don't need to contact us.
Updated: 22 June 2017 11:34
Minecraft Commercial Usage Guidelines
However, since we do love the idea of players and fans doing cool things and sharing them with the community, and we realize that sometimes you need to charge to cover your costs, the following explains what we (currently) consider to be commercial use / commercial things. This may change as time goes by but for now we hope that it helps you understand what you can and can’t do, and helps Minecraft fans do more (and limit those that try to go too far).
We have therefore drafted these Guidelines to allow some leniency with respect to limited commercial activity as outlined below. They don't form part of the Policies but they exist because we currently think it is a good idea to let some of these things happen. Please note that we reserve the right to change our mind at any time (such as if people start to take advantage of our good intentions) and to update these Guidelines. So please don't count on these Guidelines always being here or in the specific form they are right now.
We also want to make it clear that these Guidelines are for the community of Minecraft players and fans. They do not authorize commercial companies, corporate brands, advertising agencies, non-profits, or governments to use or exploit Minecraft for promoting products or services unrelated to Minecraft. See below for more detail in the section, “Building Promotions into Minecraft.”
Above all we are trying to find a way to let our brilliant fans do great things for each other without others coming along and spoiling it for everyone.
ON THAT BASIS, THEREFORE:
If you comply with and follow the Essential Requirements (in the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines) YOU MAY use our Names (as defined in the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines) in connection with a product or service title or listing (including on web sites or YouTube) if:
Examples of naming: "The Shaft - a Minecraft podcast" (we're cool with that). "Minecraft - the ultimate help app" (we're NOT cool with that).
To help you understand part of this and just so we are clear, regardless of anything else, YOU MAY NOT use the Name in or as the main or dominant name or title of any commercial product or service.
These are the “Naming Guidelines” and they apply to everything you might do under these Guidelines.
Hand Crafted Products
If you comply with and follow the Essential Requirements (in the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines) and Naming Guidelines YOU MAY:
To help you understand this and just so we are clear, a Unique Design is something that adds enough personal creativity to make the work distinctive and original. You can’t just feature the graphics (textures) of Steve’s face on a product and call it “Inspired by Minecraft”. You also can’t just change a few pixels, or colors.
Additionally, we have set these product number limitations because we do not mean to permit people to commercialize our Name, Brand, or Assets, or run businesses selling products featuring our Name, Brands, or Assets.
Indeed, the goal is to allow hobbyists to share their work and the fruits of their creative labors and make some money using their own creativity. It is not a way for businesses to start using our Brands and / or Assets - if that happens we’ll do something about it.
Videos and Streams
If you comply with and follow the Essential Requirements (in the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines) and Naming Guidelines YOU MAY create, use and distribute videos and streams of you playing or using Minecraft for any lawful reason and YOU MAY make money from them by adding or permitting advertising in them, so long as:
This means that you can upload your own unique content to sites such as YouTube and make money from advertising around the video but you cannot distribute those videos on iTunes and charge for the content. Nor can you charge for a subscription to a channel where those videos are available unless the Minecraft related videos are also readily available for free outside of that subscription channel. Basically, videos must be free to consumers at the point of consumption and any money you make should come from other sources like display ads and sponsors, subject to the section below on “Building Promotions with Minecraft.”
Extended Functionality and “Mods”
If you comply with and follow the Essential Requirements (in the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines) and Naming Guidelines above YOU MAY distribute or make available plug-ins and other bits and pieces of extended functionality etc. that you create (together, "Mods") for free and without any charge, but not if the purpose of your Mod is to advertise or promote other products or services (see the section below on Building Promotions with Minecraft). By "Mods," we mean something original that you created that doesn't contain a substantial part of our copyrightable code or content. We have the final say on what constitutes a Mod and what doesn't. When you combine your Mod with the Minecraft software, we will call that combination a "Modded Version" of the Game. You MAY NOT distribute any Modded Versions of our Game or software, though you may distribute Mods. You may make money from Mods as described below in the section, "Servers and Hosting."
Servers and Hosting
With hosting servers we want to enable the community to make money by creating, hosting and maintaining servers for Minecraft, so you may do this subject to these Guidelines. You may have seen the Blog post on server monetization https://mojang.com/2014/06/lets-talk-server-monetisation/ and the follow up Q&A https://mojang.com/2014/06/lets-talk-server-monetisation-the-follow-up-qa. This section of these Guidelines clarifies them. By "server," we mean a single connecting address or IP number.
Therefore, if you comply with and follow the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines and Naming Guidelines above YOU MAY:
In all of these cases above YOU MUST also ensure that:
Domain Names and Web Sites
If you comply with and follow the Essential Requirements (in the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines) YOU MAY:
Building Promotions with Minecraft
Without prior written approval from Mojang, corporations, businesses, advertising agencies, non-profits, governments, and other entities MAY NOT use Minecraft gameplay to promote or market unrelated brands, products, campaigns, or services.
Specifically, if you are one of these entities or someone who is hired by them, you MAY NOT exploit Minecraft or Minecraft assets to:
However YOU MAY:
Books and Other Publications
If you comply with and follow the Essential Requirements (in the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines) and Naming Guidelines YOU MAY write and publish works inspired by Minecraft (“Publications”) so long as:
YOU MAY NOT:
In relation to all uses (permitted or otherwise):
If something isn't covered by these Guidelines that probably means we don't want you to do it. In any case if it isn't covered please don't do it without getting permission from us.
You can contact us at brands at mojang.com.
Updated: 01 September 2016 12:59
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