Google Docs

Additional Terms of Service

Thank you for using Google Docs! By using Google Docs (the "Service"), you accept and agree to be bound by the Google Terms of Service, the Google Docs Program Policies, the Google Docs Privacy Policy, the Google Docs Copyright Notices, as well as these additional terms and conditions (collectively the "Terms of Service"). It is important for you to read each of these documents, as they form a legal agreement between you and Google regarding your use of the Service.

Privacy and your personal information

Section 7 of the Google Terms of Service governing Google Docs is replaced in its entirety by:

7.1 For information about Google’s data protection practices, please read the Google Docs Privacy Policy at This policy explains how Google treats your personal information, and protects your privacy, when you use the Service.

7.2 You agree to the use of your data in accordance with Google’s privacy policies.

Content License from You

Section 11 of the Google Terms of Service governing Google Docs is replaced in its entirety by:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, share, upload, post or display on or through, the Service. By submitting, sharing, uploading, posting or displaying the Content you give Google a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, share, upload, post or display on or through the Service for the sole purpose of enabling Google to provide you with the Service in accordance with the Google Docs Privacy Policy.

11.2 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Service to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.

11.3 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license. You agree that you will not submit, share, upload, post or display Content on or through, the Service that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to submit, share, upload, post or display the Content and to grant Google all of the license rights granted in this Section.

Appropriate Conduct

You agree that you are responsible for your own conduct and Content while using the Service and for any consequences thereof. You agree to use the Service only for purposes that are legal, proper and in accordance with these Terms of Service.

Copyright and Account Termination Policy

Google does not permit infringement of intellectual property rights on its Services. Google will remove Content if properly notified in accordance with Google’s DMCA process ( that such Content infringes on another's copyright. Without prior notice and at any time at its sole discretion, Google reserves the right to remove any Content, disable your ability to share or upload Content within the Service, or terminate your access to the Service (a) for uploading or sharing such Content in violation of these Terms of Service; or (b) if, under appropriate circumstances, you are determined to be a repeat infringer.

Google reserves the right in its sole discretion to decide whether your conduct is inappropriate and whether it complies with these Terms of Service for violations other than copyright infringement, such as, but not limited to, pornography, obscene or defamatory material, or excessive length. Google may terminate your access for such inappropriate conduct in violation of these Terms of Service at any time and remove any such objectionable Content, without prior notice and at its sole discretion.

Your Use of Content Galleries

This version of Google Docs may contain galleries that may present third party content ("Content Galleries"). Content Galleries include without limitation the Templates Gallery, the Scripts Gallery, and any gallery that Google chooses at its discretion to make available to you.

The content and information in the Content Galleries ("Gallery Content"), such as templates and scripts, was created by Google or by third parties. As between you and the creators of Gallery Content, any intellectual property or proprietary rights remain with the creators.

The Gallery Content: (a) is meant to serve as a suggestion only; and (b) is not a substitute for professional advice or specific, authoritative knowledge or direction.

Google does not promise that the Gallery Content will work for your purposes, or that it is free from viruses, bugs, or other defects. The Gallery Content is provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind. You alone bear the risk of using Gallery Content. Google and its suppliers provide no express warranties, guarantees and conditions with regard to the Gallery Content. To the extent permitted under applicable law, Google excludes the implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, workmanlike effort, title and non-infringement.

If you use a Google Apps Script from the Scripts Gallery, the following terms apply to you. Google Apps Scripts may interact with other Google products and services. When using Google Apps Scripts, you must abide by the applicable terms of the following additional terms: the Google Maps API Terms of Service, the Google Finance API Terms of Service, and the Google AJAX Language API Terms of Service (collectively, the "Google Apps Scripts Additional Terms"). If there is any contradiction between what the Terms say and what the Google Apps Scripts Additional Terms say, then the Google Apps Scripts Additional Terms shall take precedence only as it relates to the applicable Google Apps Script, and not to any other part of the Service.

Content Gallery Submissions

If you choose to submit Content to become part of the Content Galleries (your “Gallery Submission”), you direct and authorize Google and its affiliates to host, link to, and otherwise incorporate your Gallery Submission into Google Docs, and you grant Google and its end users a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to exercise the rights in the Gallery Submission, as stated below:

  1. to reproduce the Gallery Submission;
  2. to create and reproduce derivative works of the Gallery Submission;
  3. to display publicly and distribute copies of the Gallery Submission;
  4. to display publicly and distribute copies of derivative works of the Gallery Submission.

You agree that your license to Google end users will be perpetual. Furthermore, for the avoidance of doubt, Google reserves, and you grant Google, the right to syndicate the Gallery Submission submitted by you through Google Docs and use that Gallery Submission in connection with any of the Services offered by Google. You retain the right to stop distributing the Gallery Submission through the Google Docs Content Galleries at any time; provided, however that any such election will not serve to withdraw the licenses granted to Google end users under these Terms of Service. In order to stop distributing the Gallery Submission through the Google Docs Content Galleries, you must utilize the removal functions provided within the Service, in which case the Gallery Submission removal will be effective within a reasonable amount of time.

You represent and warrant that (a) you own or have obtained the necessary legal rights to provide all Gallery Submissions you submit through Google Docs, and will maintain these rights for as long as the Gallery Submission is available to Google end users; and (b) all of the Gallery Submission you submit through Google Docs abide by the posted Program Policies.

Google claims no ownership over any Gallery Submission you submit through Google Docs. You retain copyright and any other rights, including all intellectual property rights, you already hold in the Gallery Submission. You agree that you are responsible for protecting and enforcing those rights and that Google has no obligation to do so on your behalf.

You agree that you are solely responsible for (and that Google has no responsibility to you or to any third party for) any Gallery Submission that you submit. Google is not in any way responsible for the subsequent use or misuse by Google end users who access your Gallery Submission.

Google reserves the right to remove any or all Gallery Submissions at its sole discretion.


You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold Google, its partners, officers, directors, agents, affiliates, and licensors ("the Indemnified Parties") harmless from and against any claim or liability arising out of (a) any Content you submit, share, upload, post or display on or to the Service; (b) any use by Google end users of your Content; (c) any breach of or noncompliance with any representation, warranty or obligation in these Terms or applicable policies; and (d) any claim that your Content violates any applicable law, including without limitation that it infringes the rights of a third party. You shall cooperate fully in the defense of any claim. Google reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you. You acknowledge that damages for improper use of Google Docs may be irreparable; therefore, Google is entitled to seek equitable relief, including injunction and preliminary injunction, in addition to all other remedies. This section shall take precedence only over the indemnity provision provided in any Additional Terms as it relates to Google Docs, and not to any other Services.

Last updated: September 2010