Updated: 20 September 2017 09:55


   In order to protect Minecraft (our "Game") and the members of our
   community, we need these end user license terms to set out some rules for
   downloading and using our Game. This license is a legal agreement between
   you and us (Mojang AB) and describes the terms and conditions for using
   the Game. We don't like reading license documents any more than you do, so
   we have tried to keep this as short as possible. If you break these rules
   we may stop you from using our Game. If we think it is necessary, we might
   even have to ask our lawyers to help out.

   If you buy, download, use or play our Game, you are agreeing to stick to
   the rules of these end user license agreement ("EULA") terms. If you don't
   want to or can't agree to these rules, then you must not buy, download,
   use or play our Game. This EULA incorporates the terms of use for the website ("Account Terms"), our brand and asset usage
   guidelines, our privacy policy, and, if you live in the United States,
   our Arbitration Agreement. By agreeing to this EULA you also agree to
   all of the terms of the foregoing documents, so please read through them


   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 this EULA. 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.


   The one major rule is that you must not distribute anything we've made
   unless we specifically agree to it. By "distribute anything we've made"
   what we mean is:

     • give copies of our Game to anyone else;
     • make commercial use of anything we've made;
     • try to make money from anything we've made; or
     • let other people get access to anything we've made in a way that is
       unfair or unreasonable;

   unless we specifically agree to it. And so that we are crystal clear, "the
   Game" or "what we have made" includes, but is not limited to, the client
   or the server software for our Game and includes Minecraft and Minecraft:
   Java Edition on all platforms. It also includes updates, patches,
   downloadable content, add-ons, or modified versions of a Game, part of
   those things, or anything else we've made.

   Otherwise we are quite relaxed about what you do - in fact we really
   encourage you to do cool stuff - but just don't do those things that we
   say you can't.


   You have been granted a license to the Game so you can play and use it,
   yourself, on your devices.

   Below we also give you limited rights to do other things but we have to
   draw a line somewhere or else people will go too far. If you wish to make
   something pertaining to anything we've made we're humbled, but please make
   sure that it can't be interpreted as being official and that it complies
   with this EULA and the brand and asset usage guidelines and above all do
   not make commercial use of anything we've made.

   The license and permission we give you to use and play our Game can be
   revoked if you break any of the terms of this EULA.

   When you buy our Game, you receive a license that gives you permission to
   install the Game on your own personal device and use and play it on that
   device as set out in this EULA. This permission is personal to you, so you
   are not allowed to distribute the Game (or any part of it) to anyone else.
   This also means you cannot sell or rent the Game, or make it available for
   access to other people and you cannot pass on or resell any license keys.
   You may however give gift codes that have been bought through our official
   gift code system. This is important to help us stop piracy and fraud and
   to protect our Game. It is also important to prevent members of our
   community from buying pirated versions of our Game or fraudulent license
   keys - which we may cancel, such as in the case of fraud.

   If you've bought the Game, you may play around with it and modify it by
   adding modifications, tools, or plugins, which we will refer to
   collectively as "Mods." By "Mods," we mean something original that you or
   someone else created that doesn't contain a substantial part of our
   copyrightable code or content. When you combine your Mod with the
   Minecraft software, we will call that combination a "Modded Version" of
   the Game. We have the final say on what constitutes a Mod and what
   doesn't. You may not distribute any Modded Versions of our Game or
   software, and we’d appreciate it if you didn’t use Mods for griefing.
   Basically, Mods are okay to distribute; hacked versions or Modded Versions
   of the Game client or server software are not okay to distribute.

   Within reason you're free to do whatever you want with screenshots and
   videos of the Game. By "within reason" we mean that you can't make any
   commercial use of them or do things that are unfair or adversely affect
   our rights unless we've specifically said it's okay in this EULA, allowed
   it through the Brand and Asset Usage Guidelines, or provided for it in a
   specific agreement with you. If you upload videos of the game to video
   sharing and streaming sites you are however allowed to put ads on them.
   Also, don't just rip art resources and pass them around, that's no fun.

   Essentially the simple rule is do not make commercial use of anything
   we've made unless we've specifically said it's okay. Oh and if the law
   expressly allows it, such as under a "fair use" or fair dealing" doctrine
   then that's ok too - but only to the extent that the law applicable to you
   says so.

   In order to ensure the integrity of the Game, we need all Game downloads
   and updates to come from an authorized source. It's also important for us
   that 3rd party tools/services don't seem "official" as we can't guarantee
   their quality. It's part of the responsibility we have to the customers of
   Minecraft. Make sure that you read through our brand and asset usage
   guidelines too.


   Although we license you permission to install on your device and play our
   Game, we are still the owners of it. We are also the owners of our brands
   and any content contained in the Game. Therefore, when you pay for our
   Game, you are buying a license to play / use our Game in accordance with
   this EULA - you are not buying the Game itself. The only permissions you
   have in connection with the Game and your installation of it are the
   permissions set out in this EULA.

   Any Mods you create for the Game from scratch belong to you (including
   pre-run Mods and in-memory Mods) and you can do whatever you want with
   them, as long as you don't sell them for money / try to make money from
   them and so long as you don’t distribute Modded Versions of the Game.
   Remember that a Mod means something that is your original work and that
   does not contain a substantial part of our code or content. You only own
   what you created; you do not own our code or content.


   If you make any content available on or through our Game, you agree to
   give us permission to use, copy, modify, adapt, distribute, and publicly
   display that content. This permission is irrevocable, and you also agree
   to let us permit other people 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 these permissions, do not make content available on or through our
   Game. Please think carefully before you make any content available,
   because it may be made public and might even be used by other people in a
   way you don't like.

   If you are going to make something available on or through our Game, 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
   make available using our Game include: posts that include racist or
   homophobic language; posts that are bullying or trolling; posts that are
   offensive or that damage our or another person's reputation; posts that
   include porn or someone else's creation or image; or posts that
   impersonate a moderator or try to trick or exploit people.

   Any content you make available on our Game must also be your creation or
   you must have permission or the legal right to do it. You must not and you
   agree that you will not make any content available, using the Game that
   infringes the rights of others. '

   We reserve the right to take down any content in our discretion.

   Please watch out if you are talking to people in our Game. 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 think twice about
   giving out information about yourself.


   We might make upgrades, updates or patches (we call them all "updates")
   available from time to time, but we don't have to. We are also not obliged
   to provide ongoing support or maintenance of any Game. Of course, we hope
   to continue to release new updates for our Game, we just can't guarantee
   that we will do so. With updates come changes that might not work well
   with other software, such as Mods. This is unfortunate, but it is
   something we don’t take responsibility for. If that is the case, try
   running an older version.


   The terms of this EULA do not affect any legal (statutory) rights that you
   may have under the law that applies to you for the Game. You might have
   certain rights which the law that applies to you says cannot be excluded.
   Nothing we say in these 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 get a copy of our Game, we provide it
   "'as is"'. Updates are also provided "'as is"'. This means that we are not
   making any promises to you about the standard or quality of our Game, or
   that our Game will be uninterrupted or error free. We are not responsible
   for any loss or damage that it may cause. You bear the entire risk as to
   its quality and performance. You have to accept that we may release games
   well before they are complete and so they may (and often will) have bugs
   -but we prefer to release these features early than make you wait for
   perfection. If you would like to notify us about a potential bug, we have
   a site for that here.

   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 this EULA and all
   disputes, including disputes relating to it, our Game, or our Website,
   regardless of conflict of laws principles, except that the Federal
   Arbitration Act governs everything related to arbitration.


   If we want we can terminate this EULA if you breach any of the terms. You
   can terminate it too, at any time; all you have to do is uninstall the
   Game from your device and the EULA will be terminated. If the EULA is
   terminated, you will no longer have any of the rights to the Game given in
   this license. You do still have the right to things you have created
   yourself with the game of course. The Arbitration Agreement (if you live
   in the United States) and the paragraphs about "Ownership of Our Game",
   "Our Liability" and "General Stuff" will continue to apply even after the
   EULA is terminated.


   Your local law may give you rights that this EULA cannot change; if so,
   this EULA applies as far as the law allows. Nothing in this license limits
   our liability for death or bodily injury resulting from our negligence or
   fraudulent misrepresentations.

   We may change this EULA from time to time, if we have reason to, such as
   changes to our games, our practices, or our legal obligation. But those
   changes will be effective only to the extent that they can legally apply.
   For example if you use the Game only in single-player mode and don't use
   the updates we make available then the old EULA applies but if you do use
   the updates or use parts of the game that rely on our providing ongoing
   online services then the new EULA will apply. In that case we'll inform
   you of the change before it takes effect, either by posting a notice on
   our Website or by other reasonable means. We're not going to be unfair
   about this though - but sometimes the law changes or someone does
   something that affects other users of the Game and we therefore need to
   put a lid on 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.

Thank you!