LINE Developers Agreement

 

1. Introduction

1.1 The LINE Software Development Kit and Application Programming Interface (the "Platform") is licensed to you subject to the terms of this LINE Developers Agreement (this “Agreement”). This Agreement forms a legally binding contract between you and LINE in relation to your use of the Platform. 

1.2 The "Platform" includes SDKs which are available through the LINE developers site (https://developers.line.me/) and relevant APIs that are updated periodically.

1.3 "LINE" means LINE Corporation, a Japanese corporation with principal place of business at 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8510 Japan.

 

2. Accepting this Agreement

2.1 In order to use the Platform, you must first agree to this Agreement. You may not use the Platform if you do not accept this Agreement. 

2.2 By clicking to accept, you hereby agree to the terms of this Agreement. 

2.3 You may not use the Platform and may not accept the License Agreement if you are a person barred from receiving the Platform under the laws of Japan or other countries including the country in which you are resident or from which you use the Platform. 

2.4 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 License Agreement or use the Platform on behalf of your employer or other entity.

 

3. Developer Credential

3.1 You may need to create a LINE account in order to get a developer credential that enables you to use the Platform. It's your responsibility to keep your password, account credentials, and accounts secure. LINE may treat all activities conducted with your LINE account as activities that have been conducted by you.

3.2 In order to access the Platform you may be required to provide certain information (such as identification or contact details) as part of the registration process for the Platform, or as part of your continued use of the Platform. You agree that any registration information you give to LINE will always be accurate and up to date. 

3.3 You agree that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any developer credentials that may be issued to you by LINE or which you may choose yourself and that you will be solely responsible for all applications that are developed under your developer credentials. You must deregister your developer credential when you are no longer necessary to access to the Platform.

3.4 You may create a new developer credential and grant it to your colleague who needs to access to the Platform, however, you may not unnecessary create new developer credentials. 

3.5 You agree that you are responsible for (and that LINE has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any misconduct (including leak of information and loss of data) committed through the Platform by your colleague to whom you grant a developer credential, and for the consequences of such misconduct (including any loss or damage which LINE may suffer).

 

4. License from LINE

4.1 Subject to the terms of this Agreement, LINE grants you a limited, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the Platform solely to develop applications to run on the LINE’s platform. 

4.2 You agree that LINE or third parties own all legal right, title and interest in and to the Platform, including any Intellectual Property Rights that subsist in the Platform. "Intellectual Property Rights" means any and all rights under patent law, copyright law, trade secret law, trademark law, and any and all other proprietary rights. LINE reserves all rights not expressly granted to you. 

4.3 You may not use the Platform for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement. Except to the extent required by applicable third party licenses, you may not: (a) copy (except for backup purposes), modify, adapt, redistribute, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the SDKs or any part of the Platform; or (b) load any part of the Platform onto a mobile handset or any other hardware device except a personal computer, combine any part of the Platform with other software, or distribute any software or device incorporating a part of the Platform. 

4.4 Some of the software required by or included in the SDKs may be offered under an open source license. There may be provisions in the open source license that expressly override certain terms of this Agreement, and in those cases, the overriding provisions apply.

4.5 You agree that the component, form and nature of the Platform that LINE provides may change without prior notice to you and that future versions of the Platform may be incompatible with applications developed on previous versions of the Platform. You agree that LINE may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Platform (or any features within the Platform) to you or to users generally at LINE's sole discretion, without prior notice to you. 

4.6 LINE may set limits on the number of API requests that you can make, at LINE's sole discretion. You agree to such limitations and will not attempt to circumvent such limitations.

4.7 Nothing in this Agreement gives you a right to use any of LINE's trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, or other distinctive brand features. 

4.8 You agree that you will not remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including copyright and trademark notices) that may be affixed to or contained within the PLATFORM.

 

5. Use of the Platform by You

5.1 You agree to use the Platform and write applications only for purposes that are permitted by (a) this Agreement and (b) 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 Japan or other relevant countries). 

5.2 You agree that if you use the Platform to develop applications for general public users, you will protect the privacy and legal rights of those users in accordance with LINE User Data Policy. If the users provide you with user names, passwords, or other login information or personal information, you must make the users aware that the information will be available to your application, and you must provide legally adequate privacy notice and protection for those users. If your application stores personal or sensitive information provided by users, it must do so securely. You must make commercially reasonable efforts to protect such user information from unauthorized access or use and will promptly report to users any unauthorized access or use of such user information. If the user provides your application with his/her LINE account information, your application may only use that information to access the user's LINE account when, and for the limited purposes for which, the user has given you permission to do so. 

5.3 You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Platform, including the development or distribution of an application, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, LINE or any mobile communications carrier. 

5.4 You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that LINE has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any data, content, or resources that you create, transmit or display through applications that you develop using the Platform, and for the consequences of your actions (including any loss or damage which LINE may suffer) by doing so. 

5.5 You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that LINE has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any breach of your obligations under this Agreement, any applicable third party contract, or any applicable law or regulation, and for the consequences (including any loss or damage which LINE or any third party may suffer) of any such breach. 

5.6 LINE reserves the right to investigate any applications that you develop using the Platform for compliance with this Agreement. Such investigations may include LINE accessing and using your application, for example to identify security issues that could affect LINE or its users. You consent to any such investigation. LINE may suspend access to the Platform by you or your application without notice if we reasonably believe that you are in violation of this Agreement.

 

6. Privacy and Information

6.1 In order to continually innovate and improve the Platform, LINE may collect certain usage statistics from the software including but not limited to a unique identifier, associated IP address, version number of the software, and information on which tools and/or services in the Platform are being used and how they are being used. 

6.2 The data collected is examined in the aggregate to improve the Platform and is maintained in accordance with LINE's Privacy Policy.

 

7. Third Party Applications

7.1 If you use the Platform to run applications developed by a third party or that access data, content or resources provided by a third party, you agree that LINE is not responsible for those applications, data, content, or resources. You understand that all data, content or resources which you may access through such third party applications are the sole responsibility of the person from which they originated and that LINE is not liable for any loss or damage that you may experience as a result of the use or access of any of those third party applications, data, content, or resources.

7.2 You should be aware the data, content, and resources presented to you through such a third party application may be protected by intellectual property rights which are owned by the providers (or by other persons or companies on their behalf). You may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on these data, content, or resources (either in whole or in part) unless you have been specifically given permission to do so by the relevant owners. 

7.3 You acknowledge that your use of such third party applications, data, content, or resources may be subject to separate terms between you and the relevant third party. In that case, this Agreement does not affect your legal relationship with these third parties.

 

8. Using APIs

8.1 If you use any API to retrieve data from LINE, you acknowledge that the data may be protected by intellectual property rights which are owned by LINE or those parties that provide the data (or by other persons or companies on their behalf). Your use of any such API may be subject to additional terms of service that LINE specifies. You may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on this data (either in whole or in part). 

8.2 If you use any API to retrieve a user's data from LINE, you acknowledge and agree that you shall retrieve data only with the user's explicit consent and only when, and for the limited purposes for which, the user has given you permission to do so. In no event may you use a user's data obtained through any API outside your application.  You may not process (including but limited to collect, use, transfer, store and delete) a user's data in violation of LINE User Data Policy.

 

9. Terminating this Agreement

9.1 This Agreement will continue to apply until terminated by either you or LINE as set out below. 

9.2 If you want to terminate this Agreement, you may do so by ceasing your use of the Platform and deregistering any relevant developer credentials including yours. 

9.3 LINE may at any time, terminate this Agreement with you if: (A) you have breached any provision of this Agreement; or (B) LINE is required to do so by law; or (C) the partner with whom LINE offered certain parts of Platform (such as APIs) to you has terminated its relationship with LINE or ceased to offer certain parts of the Platform to you; or (D) you have not accessed to the Platform for a period of one year or more; or (E) LINE cannot reach you or validate your developer credentials in ways designated by LINE; (F) LINE decides, at LINE's sole discretion, that the provision of the Platform or certain Platform services to you by LINE is no longer commercially viable. 

9.4 When this Agreement comes to an end, those terms that by their nature are intended to continue indefinitely will continue to apply, including but not limited to: Sections 3.5, 4.2, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5, 9.4, 10, 11, 12, and 14.

 

10. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

10.1 YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND THAT THE PLATFORM IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND FROM LINE. 

10.2 YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM AND ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE PLATFORM 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. 

10.3 LINE 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.

 

11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT LINE, ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND ITS LICENSORS SHALL 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 LINE OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF OR SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH LOSSES ARISING.

 

12. Indemnification

To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LINE, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all 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 Platform, (b) any application you develop on the Platform that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy, and (c) any non-compliance by you with this Agreement.

 

13. Modification

LINE may modify this Agreement or any additional terms that apply to the Platform occasionally, for example, to reflect changes to the law or changes to the Platform. We'll post notice of modifications to these terms or the additional terms within the documentation of each applicable API. Changes are effective immediately after they are posted. You agree that your continued use of the Platform constitutes an acceptance of the modified terms.

 

14. General Legal Terms

14.1 This Agreement constitutes the whole legal agreement between you and LINE and governs your use of the Platform (excluding any services which LINE may provide to you under a separate written agreement), and completely replaces any prior agreements between you and LINE in relation to the Platform. 

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

14.3 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. 

14.4 You acknowledge and agree that each member of the group of companies of which LINE is the parent shall be third party beneficiaries to this Agreement and that such other companies shall 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 shall be third party beneficiaries to this Agreement. 

14.5 The rights granted in this Agreement to you may not be assigned or transferred without the prior written approval of LINE. You may not delegate your responsibilities or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written approval of LINE. 

14.6 This Agreement, and your relationship with LINE under this Agreement, shall be governed by the laws of Japan without regard to its conflict of laws principals. You and LINE agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of Tokyo District Court to resolve any legal matter arising from this Agreement. Notwithstanding this, you agree that LINE shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.

 

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Date of Last Revision: April 11, 2016