If you are a software or hardware developer and you manage to get your hands on a pair of Google Glass, you can count yourself lucky. If you plan on selling or loaning out the glasses, your luck just ran out.
Under the Terms of Sale for the Google Glass Explorer edition, the company strictly forbids the sale or loaning of the device.
Google Glass has been such a hot product before its release that Google literally setup an application process for early access to a very limited number of Google Glass.
Google apparently doesn’t want profit mongers going after the glasses to turn a quick sale, and, therefore it created the TOS for the product.
Because of the TOS, critics have been quick to call the terms a bit overbearing.
According to Google’s Terms of Sale:
“You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”
Google has not commented openly about its terms of sales for the Google Glass Explorer edition. Google has also not revealed the TOS for Google Glass in consumer edition. It is not likely that Google will attempt to restrict the resale of its final consumer item as that policy would be overbearing by tech product standards.
Also highlighted in the Google Glass Explorer edition TOS is that owners are not permitted to “serve or include any advertisements” on the devices. Developers also can not charge other Google Glass Explorer customers to download apps to their own pair of Google Glass.
Do you think the Google Glass terms of sale is too overbearing?