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Terms for Dropbox Utility

Johnson Z. New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I'm making an app that improves the online user experience for dropbox. It currently is structured as a chrome extension, and only runs on request when on a dropbox page. Am I allowed to use dropbox-related icons, such as this loading animation: https://dribbble.com/shots/647290-Hold-on-a-sec-animated-Dropbox-logo ?

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Re: Terms for Dropbox Utility

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

The guidelines for the use of the Dropbox name and logo in third party apps can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/developers/reference/branding-guide

Note that only the approved logos may be used.

Re: Terms for Dropbox Utility

Johnson Z. New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Gregory,

I have read that page. However, my app goes very against "integrating Dropbox into your app" perspective the guide was written in. Instead, it is more of me integrating my app into Dropbox. As I mentioned before, my app can only be used inside of Dropbox.

Your link to approved logos seem to all be ones of Dropbox. The guide says that the logo "shouldn't include or look similar to the Dropbox logo or other Dropbox-related imagery". Can you clarify what you mean by approved? 

Re: Terms for Dropbox Utility

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

To clarify, the section you're quoting is titled "Providing your logo" and is about the logo you use for your own app, and shouldn't look like the Dropbox logo.

The "approved logos" are the only logos you are allowed to use when using the Dropbox logo in your app, as detailed under the "Referencing Dropbox in your app" section. (You may not need to use the Dropbox logo in your app at all though.)

Re: Terms for Dropbox Utility

Johnson Z. New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Thanks, Gregory. I've decided to play it safe and not use any imagery too closely associated with Dropbox.

My app is currently under review for production. What kinds of violations are apps usually rejected for? I'm particularly concerned about 1.2b of Dropbox's terms and conditions:

"use, display, mirror, frame (including in meta-tags or hidden text), or reverse engineer Dropbox websites, or any individual element of Dropbox websites, or the layout and design of any page or form contained on a page"

My app adds another item on the context menu when you right click a dropbox folder online. It does not otherwise impact the page. It's added in the context menu for ease of use, and I believe it enhances the online user interface.

Re: Terms for Dropbox Utility

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

We don't have statistics available on the review process. Apps are reviewed to ensure compliance with the various guidelines and terms:

https://www.dropbox.com/developers/reference/tos
https://www.dropbox.com/developers/reference/devguide
https://www.dropbox.com/developers/reference/branding

Anything not complying with those will be declined, and the response would indicate what the issue was.

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