TERMS OF SERVICE FOR USE OF ALTERNATIVE BILLING SYSTEM
Effective Date: April 6, 2023
The following terms of service (the “Terms”) will apply in addition to those set forth in the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement (“DDA”), currently available at https://play.google.com/about/developer-distribution-agreement.html, to a Developer’s use of an Alternative Billing System. Any capitalized terms used but not defined in these Terms will have the meanings set forth in the DDA. In the event of any conflict between these Terms and the DDA concerning Developer’s offer of an Alternative Billing System, these Terms will prevail.
1. Definitions. Please see below for the meaning of the capitalized terms used in these Terms. Those that are capitalized but not defined in these Terms have the meaning set forth in the DDA.
“Alternative Billing System” means a billing system that Developer offers to users of apps distributed through Google Play in South Korea; which is not Google Play’s billing system.
“APIs” means the Google APIs, services and associated software that support a Developer’s use of an Alternative Billing System as further described at https://developer.android.com/google/play/billing/alternative.
“Alternative Billing Transaction” means the purchase, or the reversal, refund, or chargeback of any purchase, of Developer’s Products (including in-app purchases, subscriptions and the associated auto-renewals) using an Alternative Billing System.
“Manual Sunset Date” means August 2, 2023 which is the date on which the manual Alternative Billing System will no longer be available and the Developer must have integrated with the APIs.
“Payment Due Date” means the deadline, by which Developer should pay to Google all Service Fees and Taxes that are due and payable under these Terms, and is the 30th calendar day from the date of the respective invoice.
2. Developer Obligations
2.1 Developer must meet the following obligations, subject to Google’s approval:
(a) successfully complete the declaration form for an Alternative Billing System and a Google payments profile setup;
(b) ensure and certify that the Alternative Billing System complies with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) (if applicable);
(c) provide a customer service process for users of the Alternative Billing System, including a process to dispute unauthorized transactions. Additionally, Developer must certify in the declaration process for an Alternative Billing System that it has a dispute resolution process for unauthorized transactions involving the Alternative Billing System and must provide evidence of the same satisfactory to Google on request;
(d) until integrated with APIs, inform users of the availability of the Alternative Billing System in accordance with the requirements here; and
(e) by the Manual Sunset Date, integrate with APIs as described here.
2.2 Prior to integration with the APIs, within five (5) business days following the end of each calendar month, Developer will provide Google with a report of all Alternative Billing Transactions for such month, in the form instructed by Google (as may be modified by Google from time to time) and to Google’s satisfaction (“Report”).
2.3 After integration with the APIs, Developer will report to Google each Alternative Billing Transaction within 24 hours of such Alternative Billing Transaction being authorized for payment as described here.
3. Payment Terms
(a) Prior to Developer integrating with the APIs, Google will issue an invoice to Developer for all Service Fees and Taxes owed and will use commercially reasonable efforts to do so within thirty (30) calendar days following Google's receipt of the applicable Report for the covered calendar month.
(b) After Developer integrates with the APIs, Google will issue an invoice to Developer for all Service Fees and Taxes owed for the month and will use commercially reasonable efforts to do so within 15 calendar days following the end of each calendar month.
3.2 Payment. Developer will pay all Service Fees and Taxes in the currency stated in the invoice by the Payment Due Date, using a payment method approved by Google for such Developer (as may be modified by Google from time to time).
3.3 Payment Disputes & Refunds. Any payment dispute must be submitted before the Payment Due Date. If the parties determine that certain billing inaccuracies are attributable to Google, Google will issue a subsequent corrected invoice. If a refund is issued, it will be in the form of credit for the applicable Service Fee amount.
3.4 Delinquent Payments; Offsetting. Late payments may bear interest at the rate of 1.5% per month (or the highest rate permitted by law, if less) from the Payment Due Date until paid in full. Developer will be responsible for all reasonable expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by Google in collecting such delinquent amounts. Further, in addition to Google’s rights in the DDA, if Developer fails to pay Google any amounts owed under these Terms, Google reserves the right to offset those amounts against any other amounts that Google owes to Developer under any other contract that Developer has with Google.
4.1 Taxes on Alternative Billing Transactions. Except for Alternative Billing Transactions which meet certain conditions and may be described in https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/138000 (which may be updated from time to time), Developer is responsible for Taxes on Alternative Billing Transactions, including:
(a) determining if an Alternative Billing Transaction is taxable;
(b) charging and collecting the Taxes at the applicable rate;
(c) remitting the Taxes to the appropriate taxing authority; and
(d) providing any required documentation to the user or appropriate taxing authority.
If Google determines that it is obligated to collect or remit any Taxes in respect of an Alternative Billing Transaction, such Taxes (and any information required by Google to determine such Taxes) will be separately collected by Google from Developer, and Developer will remit such Taxes to Google in accordance with Section 3 (Payment Terms) of these Terms.
4.2 Transaction Taxes on Service Fee. All payments from Developer to Google under these Terms are exclusive of Transaction Taxes. If Google is obligated to collect or pay any Transaction Taxes in respect of Developer’s payment to Google, the Transaction Taxes will be separately invoiced to Developer, and Developer will pay such Transaction Taxes to Google.
4.3 Withholding Taxes on Service Fee. To the extent Taxes are required under applicable law to be deducted from or in respect of any amount payable to Google under these Terms, Developer will (a) pay such additional amounts as may be necessary to ensure that Google receives a net amount equal to the full amount which it would have received under these Terms if no deduction or withholding had been made, (b) make such deductions, (c) deposit such taxes with the relevant governmental tax authority within the time as prescribed under applicable law, and (d) provide Google with documentation, reasonably satisfactory to Google, of such remittance.
4.4 Tax documentation and representations. Developer will timely provide Google with any applicable tax documentation, certification, or information requested by Google. Developer hereby represents and warrants that Developer is not acting as an agent or appointee on behalf of any other person in respect of any Alternative Billing Transaction, and Developer agrees to provide written notification to Google at least ninety (90) days prior to any such agency or appointment taking effect. Unless Developer is a resident of the United States or Singapore for income tax purposes, Developer hereby represents and warrants that any services that Developer provides to users through Developer’s Product are not performed in the United States or Singapore, respectively, and furthermore Developer agrees to provide written notification to Google at least ninety (90) days prior to any such services being performed in the United States or Singapore. Written notification on change in agency status or service location may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the duration of theseTerms and for one year thereafter, Google may examine and audit Developer's books and records relating to any Service Fees and Taxes payable hereunder to verify the accuracy of such payments. To satisfy an audit request, Developer must, within thirty (30) days of the request: (a) provide Google with a copy of the most current, independent third-party assessment of Developer’s controls performed in accordance with international attestation standards SSAE18 / ISAE3402 - SOC 1 Type II report (or a successor report) or (b) allow an audit to take place. If Developer elects an audit, such audit must: (i) take place at a mutually agreed time during Developer’s normal business hours; (ii) not occur more than once during any twelve (12)-consecutive-month period; and (iii) only cover statements rendered since the last audit conducted by Google (if any). Google will be responsible for all costs of any audit Google conducts; however, if the audit reveals a deficiency greater than five percent (5%) in the amount of the Service Fees paid to Google, Developer will reimburse Google for the audit costs.
6. Term, Termination, and Disqualification
6.1 These Terms will continue to apply until terminated.
6.2 Google may terminate these Terms upon written notice or with thirty (30) days prior written notice if required by applicable law if (a) Developer has breached any provision of these Terms or the DDA; (b) Google is required to do so by law; or (c) Developer ceases being an authorized Developer, a Developer in good standing under the DDA or related policies held by Google, or is barred from using Android software. Where allowed under applicable law, Google may also terminate these Terms upon written notice for any other reason with thirty (30) days prior written notice.
6.3 If Developer breaches any provision of these Terms, Google may take any action described in the enforcement process, currently available at: https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/9899234.
6.4 Google will be entitled to withhold and/or recover any amounts obtained by Developer in breach of these Terms.
6.5 Developer may terminate these Terms, and cease to offer an Alternative Billing System, upon written notice to Google at: https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/contact/additional_billing_system_q.
7. Limitation of Liability; Indemnification
7.1 Google will have no liability for any claims arising out of or relating to Developer’s use of an Alternative Billing System, including but not limited to any unauthorized transaction involving an Alternative Billing System.
7.2 Developer will defend and indemnify Google, its affiliates, directors, officers, and employees against any third-party legal or regulatory proceeding to the extent arising from Developer’s use of an Alternative Billing System.
8. Changes to the Terms
8.1 Google may make changes to these Terms at any time with notice to Developer and the opportunity for Developer to decline. Developer should look at the Terms and check for notice of any changes regularly. Changes will not be retroactive. They will become effective, and will be deemed accepted, (a) immediately if Developer becomes a Developer after the notification is posted; or (b) if Developer is a pre-existing Developer, on the date specified in the notice, which will be no sooner than thirty (30) days after the changes are posted (except changes required by law which will be effective immediately).
8.2 If Developer does not agree with the changes to the Terms, Developer may cease using an Alternative Billing System, which will be Developer’s sole and exclusive remedy. Developer agrees that Developer’s continued use of an Alternative Billing System constitutes Developer’s consent to the modified Terms.
9. General Legal Terms
9.1 The governing law and jurisdiction set forth in the DDA applies to all claims arising from or relating to these Terms and Developer’s relationship with Google under these Terms.
9.2 These Terms and the DDA together with the policies linked therein and herein, including the Payments policy, constitute the entire legal agreement between Developer and Google and govern Developer’s use of an Alternative Billing System. The English language version of these Terms will control and translations, if any, are non-binding and for reference only.