Legal Points to Consider When Developing an App

The mobile app industry is segment bustling with frenzied activity on a global level at the present time. All over the world, people are embracing smartphones and getting the hang of the way of life which centers around them. If you are a mobile developer, this is the best time to turn your idea into a fully functional app. However, while developing your app, there are certain legal considerations that you need to keep in mind to make the process seamless and avoid hitches. Knowing about these legal aspects will let you make sure that you do not run into legal problems and delays at any point of time during the development and distribution process.

Let us take a close look at some of these legal considerations so that you can understand them completely while developing an app.

Copyright and Patents

Ideally, you would want to possess and exercise full rights with your creation. Intellectual property rights involve a lot of different facets, and it is important to consider each of them while developing your app. You can posses the copyright to the code and the written content of your app, the trademark rights for any kind of branding including logos, promotional material and catchphrases and the rights to secrecy for the processes and techniques you have used. You should carefully evaluate your assets and decide which areas you want to pinpoint when applying for property rights. On the other hand, you also need to make sure that you are not infringing on the property rights owned by other developers for other pieces of work. Keep your work completely original to avoid copyright issues later.


All major app marketplaces have rules and regulations, and it is important to have a clear understanding of what they imply. Major app stores have regulations and policies regarding a lot of important factors like privacy, data collection, user experience and quality of service. As an app developer, you need to understand and implement these in your work. Privacy norms are extremely important, especially if your app is meant for children. Check to see if there is any form of agreement already in place for end users and whether you need to customize it further.


It is a good move to declare costs up front. If your app involves any kind of fee whether in the form of upfront payment or in-app purchase, you need to communicate that clearly to the end user and avoid surprises. Also, make sure that you have a clear privacy statement that every user gets to look at understand your stance on privacy and the protection of sensitive user data.


A big turn off for smartphone users (especially in case of paid app or where monetary transactions are involved) is the excessive use of jargons and legalese that might open a loophole for the development team to escape from in case of future legal problems. Keep the technical terms to a minimum as you are dealing with human beings who can have varying amount of knowledge of such terms.

Originally published at: MobDevApp

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