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Cubism SDK Release License

What is the SDK Release License
(Publication License Agreement)?

We understand that our users need to test our Live2D SDK products to judge whether or not the SDK products would fit their content. For this reason, Live2D SDK products are available for download at no initial fee upon agreeing to the Live2D Proprietary Software License Agreement and the Live2D Open Software License Agreement. No costs are involved with the use of SDK products during the trial and development phases. In return, based on the terms of the Live2D Proprietary Software License Agreement, publishers are required to obtain an SDK Release License (Publication License Agreement) and pay the applicable fees when releasing content (a game, app, etc.) using our Live2D SDK products.
The license framework presented on this page does not apply to Expandable Applications such as avatar systems.

The plan will be determined by the profit model of the customer content
(individual titles that are released).

Process of Concluding a Publication License Agreement

1

Trial and development

Cubism SDK are available for use in development or other purposes on a trial basis. No license fees are required at this time.

2

Conclusion of a Publication License Agreement

Once you have decided to incorporate Cubism SDK in your content, it is necessary to request and conclude a Publication License Agreement using the form below by one month prior to official content release.

3

Payment of license fee

You will be billed for the license fee according to the contents of the agreement. (Depending on the agreement circumstances, payment may be a single payment, monthly payment, or quarterly or other payment.)

4

End of service

Please notify us using the “End of Service Report Form” by one month prior to the end of service.

Running Royalty PlanRunning Royalty Plan

Running Royalty Content Plan

This plan applies when your content (individual title) contains any in-app purchases or subscription elements.

The fees below are those after applying the special discount for displaying the Live2D logo in your app & listing your app in our Showcase page.

Size of business entity

There are 4 categories for size of the business entity determined based on annual sales. These are Large Entity, Medium Entity, Small-Scale Enterprise, and General User.

General User
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Small-Scale Enterprise
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Medium Entity
(annual sales less than 100 million yen)
Large Entity
Initial fee
(per Publish Region)
Free Free ¥50,000 ¥300,000
Monthly fee (per platform) Free Free ¥20,000 ¥100,000

Note: “General User” means individuals, students, groups, or entities with annual sales of less than 10 million yen.

Publish Regions

Live2D requires a license for each of the following 6 Publish Regions: “Japan,” “Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan,” “Asia (excluding Japan, China, and Taiwan),” “North America,” “Europe,” and “All Others.”

  • Japan
  • Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan
  • Asia
    (excluding Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan)
  • North America
  • Europe
  • All Others

Platforms

There are 3 platforms: iOS, Android, and Web.

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Web

Note: “Web” refers to content which operates on a webpage and can be accessed by users using their individual browser.

The initial fee and monthly fee are generated for each Publish Region.

  • Total amount paid for initial fee
     = Initial fee (Large Entity: 300,000 yen
    Medium Entity: 50,000 yen
    ) × Number of Publish Regions
  • Total amount paid for monthly fee
     = Monthly fee (Large Entity: 100,000 yen
    Medium Entity: 20,000 yen
    ) × Number of platforms × Number of Publish Regions
  • Note: The initial fee and monthly fee for the first month are mandatory in all cases.
  • Note: When publication is by multiple publishers in a single Publish Region, it is necessary for each publisher to conclude an agreement and pay the publication license fee. (Some exceptions may apply to direct affiliates.)
  • Note: A licensee must notify Live2D Inc. within two months if its business size (determined by annual sales) changed.
    When such notification is made or when Live2D was able to prove that the licensee business size changed, the licensee shall enter into a separate Live2D Publication License Agreement based on the above price table retroactive to the month in which the business size changed.

Publication License Agreement Request Form

Live2D Logo Display, Mentioning the Company Name,
and Showcasing: Action Report Form

One-time Plan One-time Plan

One-time Content Plan (Smartphone, Web)

This plan applies when your content (individual title) is sold as an upfront purchase or is completely free without any in-app purchases or subscription elements.

The fees below are those after applying the special discount for displaying the Live2D logo in your app & listing your app in our Showcase page.

Size of business entity

There are 4 categories for size of the business entity determined based on annual sales. These are Large Entity, Medium Entity, Small-Scale Enterprise, and General User.

General User
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Small-Scale Enterprise
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Medium Entity
(annual sales less than 100 million yen)
Large Entity
One-time fee (per platform) Free Free ¥100,000 ¥600,000

Note: “General User” means individuals, students, groups, or entities with annual sales of less than 10 million yen.

Publish Regions

Live2D requires a license for each of the following 6 Publish Regions: “Japan,” “Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan,” “Asia (excluding Japan, China, and Taiwan),” “North America,” “Europe,” and “All Others.”

  • Japan
  • Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan
  • Asia
    (excluding Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan)
  • North America
  • Europe
  • All Others

Platforms

There are 3 platforms: iOS, Android, and Web.

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Web

Note: “Web” refers to content which operates on a webpage and can be accessed by users using their individual browser.

The one-time fee is generated for each Publish Region.

  • Total amount paid for one-time fee
     = One-time fee (Large Entity: 600,000 yen
    Medium Entity: 100,000 yen
    ) × Number of platforms × Number of Publish Regions
  • Note: When publication is by multiple publishers in a single Publish Region, it is necessary for each publisher to conclude an agreement and pay the publication license fee. (Some exceptions may apply to direct affiliates.)
  • Note: A licensee must notify Live2D Inc. within two months if its business size (determined by annual sales) changed.
    When such notification is made or when Live2D was able to prove that the licensee business size changed, the licensee shall enter into a separate Live2D Publication License Agreement based on the above price table retroactive to the month in which the business size changed.

Publication License Agreement Request Form

Live2D Logo Display, Mentioning the Company Name,
and Showcasing: Action Report Form

One-time Content PlanOne-time Content Plan

One-time Content Plan (Console, PC)

This plan is for game console and PC games that are sold as an upfront-purchase without any in-app purchases or subscription elements.

The fees below are those after applying the special discount for displaying the Live2D logo in your app & listing your app in our Showcase page.

Size of business entity

There are 4 categories for size of the business entity determined based on annual sales. These are Large Entity, Medium Entity, Small-Scale Enterprise, and General User.

General User
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Small-Scale Enterprise
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Medium Entity
(annual sales less than 100 million yen)
Large Entity
License fee for each unit produced Free Free ¥40 ¥40
Minimum guaranteed quantity per title None 30,000

Note: “General User” means individuals, students, groups, or entities with annual sales of less than 10 million yen.

A license fee is incurred according to the number of units produced.

  • License fee
     = License fee for each unit produced (¥40) × Number of units produced

Note: The license fee for the minimum guaranteed quantity shall be paid at the time when the agreement is concluded.
If the number of units produced exceeds the minimum guaranteed quantity, the user shall report the number of units each quarter and pay the corresponding fee.

Note: License fees shall be paid for the total production quantity on all platforms, regardless of the Publish Region.
Note: When publication is by multiple publishers in a single Publish Region, it is necessary for each publisher to conclude an agreement and pay the publication license fee. (Some exceptions may apply to direct affiliates.)

Note: A licensee must notify Live2D Inc. within two months if its business size (determined by annual sales) changed.
When such notification is made or when Live2D was able to prove that the licensee business size changed, the licensee shall enter into a separate Live2D Publication License Agreement based on the above price table retroactive to the month in which the business size changed.

Publication License Agreement Request Form

Live2D Logo Display, Mentioning the Company Name,
and Showcasing: Action Report Form

Others (publication licenses other than the above)

Please contact us regarding content with a platform or mode of use that is different from those above, such as game consoles, casino machines, digital signage, event content, or embedded applications.

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Expandable Applications

“Expandable Application” means any work having significant expandability among services or content utilizing SDK products.
In particular, it includes the Derivative Work which uses and generates any indefinite numbers of models by adding or combining files or data (e.g. avatar), or, the Derivative Work containing multiple or other works in one title, or accessible to such works through one title (e.g. collection of relevant works or portal).

Review and License Agreement are required for every Expandable Application

In order for Live2D Inc. to sustainably provide SDKs and to keep the Live2D ecosystem healthy, every Expandable Application needs to be reviewed for approval and enter into a special Publication License Agreement before its release.
These requirements are applied to all Publishers including General Users and Small-Scale Enterprises who are normally exempted from the Publication License Agreement for non-Expandable Applications.

Conditions for review (examples)

For an Expandable Application to be reviewed for approval, the following conditions must be met.

  • Existence of a valid revenue model (as a general rule, fully free of charge is not eligible for approval).
  • Consent to submission of sales reports and license fee payments based on revenue share.
  • Inclusion of a Statement specified by Live2D Inc. in the EULA or Terms of Use of your application (only apply to applications for streaming purposes).
  • Display of the Expandable Application logo in your application and listing your application on our Showcase page
  • * Please note that approval may not be granted for the publication of Expandable Application in all cases even if the above conditions are met.
  • * Approval may be granted to fully free-of-charge Expandable Applications in some cases if separately specified conditions are met.

Size of business entity

There are 4 categories for size of the business entity determined based on annual sales. These are Large Entity, Medium Entity, Small-Scale Enterprise, and General User.

General User
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Small-Scale Enterprise
(annual sales less than 10 million yen)
Medium Entity
(annual sales less than 100 million yen)
Large Entity
Initial fee (no restrictions on Publish Region) Free Free ¥50,000 ¥300,000
Annual fee (per platform) Free Free ¥240,000 ¥1,200,000
Revenue share JPY300/sale or 20% of Sales*, whichever is higher JPY300/sale or 20% of Sales*, whichever is higher 5% of Sales* 5% of Sales*
  • * “Sales” refers to sales that result from selling or utilizing Derivative Work. In the case Sales are received via a third party or marketplace, it means the amount before commissions and taxes are deducted by such third party or marketplace. Advertising revenue is also included in “Sales”.
  • * Quarterly reporting is required for sales that are subject to Revenue Share.
  • * The above prices and conditions may be subject to change according to details of the application and the result of screening.
  • * Licensee must notify Live2D Inc. within two months if its business size (determined by annual sales) changed. When such notification is made or when Live2D Inc. is able to prove that the licensee’s business size changed, the licensee shall enter into a separate Live2D Publication License Agreement based on the above price table retroactive to the month in which the business size changed.

If you would like to request a Release License Agreement for an Expandable Application, please use the form at the link below. Our company will contact you after checking the form.

Request Form for Expandable Application Publication License Agreement

Click here for a list of Expandable Application agreement titles.