Age limit for paid apps?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by wickerman1893, Jul 15, 2011.

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    wickerman1893

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    Hi I'm a senior in high school and currently 17 and I am about 1-2 weeks away from releasing my app into the app store. I want it to be priced at either .99 or 1.99 USD and I am not sure if there is an age limit for releasing paid apps into the store. I know I have to fill out a "paid applications contract" and I am prepared for that but they won't give me any trouble will they? I know what I'm doing and stuff so I hope not. I can't wait to get my app released and I will for sure post it on the forums when it is ready for you to look at. Your help would be greatly appreciated!:D
     
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    PhoneyDeveloper

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    In order to release an app to the app store you need to sign a contract with Apple. Therefore anyone who releases an app on the app store must be of legal age to sign contracts. I believe this is 18 in the US. Most likely you will want to have one of your parents do it.
     
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    wickerman1893

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    alright well i'll give it a shot and if they accept then good if not I'll have my parents sign....I just hope if it comes down to that, the app will still be in my name in the app store.
     
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    dejo

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    It won't. Whoever signs the contract, gets the Seller Name, which in that case would be one of your parents. Also, make sure they are aware of other factors in them signing the contract (liability, taxes, etc.) Another option you may want to investigate is to set up a company.
     
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    wickerman1893

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    Dang.....that's not good to hear. Well first i'm going to try and sign it myself ( i'm already getting tax returns from other jobs ) but if they catch on I'll just have my parents name on the app. But yeah me and my friend are looking in to start a company soon but first we wanted to make a little from this app. Hopefully it takes off!
     
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    jiminaus

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    Assuming they don't refuse to do any further business with you because you've not acted in good faith. You are attempting to act as if you're entering into a legal contract with Apple, but you know that the contract would in fact be invalid because you are not of legal age.
     
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    wickerman1893

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    True....I suppose for my first app I'll just have a parent do it under their account and when I turn 18 in 5 months I can then switch accounts. Being 17 can be a #!^&#...just saying:)
     
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    RodThePlod

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    yup - and signaling that intent on a public forum isn't the best move, TBH...

    I know it sucks being just 5 months away from turning 18 and being able to do things in your own name, but at this stage it's best to do things all 'above board' to avoid any difficulties later.

    RTP.
     

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