Last updated July 16, 2020
All rights not expressly granted to Users in these Terms are hereby reserved by Company.
Additionally, by clicking the “accept” button following these Terms you also agree to be bound by all Terms applicable to the label services, as amended from time to time.
Amendments and Modifications
Company reserves the right to amend, modify or update these Terms at any time with or without notice to Users, and may also add new features or functionality to, or change or remove existing features or functionality from, the Website that will be subject to the Terms. In the event we modify these Terms, we shall post an updated version of such terms on the platform. It is the User’s obligation to check for any changes made to these Terms. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event any changes to these Terms shall materially change your rights, Company will use reasonable efforts to notify Users of such changes via e-mail, provided that failure to provide e-mail notification shall not be deemed a breach of this Agreement. It shall also be User’s responsibility to keep an updated e-mail address on file on your account. Any User who continues to use the Website after any changes are made will be deemed to have agreed to those changes. Your acceptance of these terms will create a binding and legally enforceable contract between you and Company.
These Terms provide that all disputes between a User and Company will be resolved by BINDING ARBITRATION. ACCORDINGLY, USER AGREES TO GIVE UP USER’S RIGHT TO GO TO COURT (INCLUDING IN A CLASS ACTION PROCEEDING) to assert or defend rights under these Terms (except for matters that may be taken to small claims court). User’s rights will be determined by a NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR and NOT a judge or jury and User’s claims cannot be brought as a class action.
Artist Submission / User Account Information (Artist Tool)
In order for Company to consider working with User as an artist, Users will need to provide certain information about themselves (as prompted by the Mobile App) (“User Account Information”). All Users agree to provide true, accurate and current User Account Information. Users grant a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to Company to use such User Account Information solely for the purposes of determining whether User is the right fit for Company, supplying the services provided by the Website, including disclosing such User Account Information to third parties as necessary (for example, disclosing limited User Account Information to verify its accuracy). As prompted, User will be asked to submit its social media handles or addresses including, without limitation, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Pandora, Tik Tok, Spotify, and Vevo. User acknowledges and agrees to provide User’s correct information (including without limitation social media access, handles and links) and samples of work that are solely owned or controlled by User. Additionally, User acknowledges and agrees that Company receives many submissions, some of which may be similar, or may be similar to content being independently developed by Company and Company is free to work with artists with similar submissions or proceed with developing its own content without any obligation to User.
Company Grant of Rights (Distribution Services Only)
When utilizing the distribution services, you grant Company the non-exclusive right throughout the world during the Distribution Term (as defined herein):
- to license (e.g. to iTunes, Eventbrite, Spotify, Shopify, Amazon, Songkick, GooglePlay, Rhapsody, Tidal, etc.) the content that you submit to Company and the musical compositions respectively embodied therein, including any derivative works, remixes, master cuts, radio edits, session files and stems (each a “Master” and collectively “Masters”), as those are delivered by or on behalf of you to Company;
- to use, display and license the artwork, marketing materials, trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and other intellectual property associated with the Masters or other similar identifying material which has been submitted by you (collectively the “Intellectual Property”);
- to permit the performance, reproduction, display, sale, copying, distribution, synchronization, public performance, encoding in any format, configuration and exploitation (e.g. as downloads, streams, on YouTube, etc.) of the Masters and Intellectual Property (collectively the “User Content”) by any method now known or hereinafter invented;
- to collect (e.g. Eventbrite, Ticketweb, iTunes, SoundExchange, etc.), administer, and distribute royalties to, and on behalf of, you in connection with the User Content;
- to perform any other acts deemed necessary to effectuate the purpose of these Terms and provide the services;
- to do any of the foregoing without further payment to you or permission from you, except as explicitly stated in this Agreement; and
- to choose not to do any of the foregoing without further payment to you or permission from you, except as explicitly stated in this Agreement.
User Rights and Delivery Obligations (Distribution Services)
You shall retain all rights in the User Content which are not expressly licensed to Company under these Terms. For the avoidance of any doubt, nothing herein shall be deemed a transfer or other conveyance of any ownership rights from you to Company with respect to the copyrights, trademarks, service marks, or other intellectual property embodied in the User Content. As between you and Company, you shall retain all ownership interests in such materials, subject to the rights granted to Company herein.
You shall deliver to Company and upload the User Content in accordance with Company procedure and portal guidelines as set forth herein and updated, from time to time, on the Website (“Delivery Specifications”).
Proper delivery of the User Content shall be made in accordance with the following Delivery Specifications:
- You shall submit links to your social media channels and music content available for us to review.
- Social media authentication may or may not be required in order to move forward with use of the Website and/or release of the User Content. If applicable, you may be asked to connect at least one of your social media profiles from a list of different platforms including, but not limited to a profile with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and SoundCloud, amongst other platforms;
- Once the User Content has successfully been reviewed, the virtual manager will create a draft campaign for the User to review.
- Once the User has accepted the campaign created by the virtual manager, the content will appear in sites such as Songkick, Billetto, Eventbrite, Shopify, Ticketweb, Ticketsource, Stubhub, BigCommerce, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, Rhapsody or Tidal
- You will be able to upload additional new content releases, check reporting, performances and set up payment methods with our support team;
You shall be solely responsible for: [i] securing mechanical licenses, digital phonorecord delivery licenses (i.e. DPD licenses) and all other licenses required from musical composition copyright owners, publishers, administrators, artists, producers, copyright owners, master rights owners, and all other persons or entities whose performance is embodied in the Masters or is otherwise involved in the creation, ownership or control of the User Content (collectively “Rights Holders”); [ii] making all payments due (including royalties) in connection with the foregoing licenses referenced in this Section 2; [iii] making all payments that may be required by contract, law, under any collective bargaining agreement, or otherwise; and [iv] securing rights from, and paying all monies now or in the future due in connection with the User Content and Company’s exploitation of the User Content, including, without limitation all fees, income, monies, royalties or any other compensation due to Rights Holders.
Upon Company request, you will promptly provide Company with copies of any producer and side-artist agreements, mixer agreements, co-writer agreements, sample licenses, label waivers any other agreement with Rights Holders and any such other things and information as Company requests, including identity of, and contact information for Rights Holders, in order to ensure compliance with these Terms.
You acknowledge and agree that Company has limited practical ability to control or monitor possible infringement of your intellectual property rights by other parties and that Company assumes no responsibility for controlling or monitoring such alleged infringement. Company is not responsible for enforcing your intellectual property rights, including by issuing cease and desist letters, filing suit or taking other legal action against alleged infringers. Any infringements shall be reported in accordance with Company’s procedure for making claims of copyright and/or other intellectual property infringements.
Fees & Royalties (Distribution Services )
Company offers one type of subscription: Basic
Regarding Users who subscribe to Company’s Basic subscription service (“Basic Users”), in consideration for the services in connection with the marketing and distribution of User Content, Company shall be entitled to retain ten percent (10%) of all gross royalties, payments or other earnings received by or on your behalf by Company in connection with the digital exploitation of the User Content (“Distribution Fee”). For the purpose of this agreement, “digital exploitation” for Basic Users shall initially mean the exploitation of the User content solely on the following digital service providers: Songkick, Billetto, Eventbrite, Shopify, Ticketweb, Ticketsource, Stubhub, BigCommerce, ITunes, Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, Rhapsody and Tidal (specific digital service providers are subject to change in Company’s sole discretion).
For the avoidance of any doubt, there shall be no Distribution Fee applicable unless User elects to distribute content utilizing our Shodement mobile app.
If Company exploits the User Content in any way that generates revenue, Basic Users shall be entitled to retain one-hundred percent (100%) of all royalties, payments and other earnings actually received by or on your behalf by Company in connection with the User Content, less only the Distribution Fee, any tax, master use or synchronization license fees (“Sync Fees”), other fees or other third-party charge related solely to the exploitation of the User Content (collectively “Royalties”).
Third Party Opportunities for Users
From time to time, before or during the Distribution Term, Company may enter into one or more agreements with third parties (each, a “Third Party”) pursuant to which Company shall deliver certain master sound recordings for possible use in endorsement, performance, brand integration, social posting, and any other Third Party opportunities (each, a “Third Party Opportunity”) and such Third Parties, as applicable, shall use such master sound recordings in promotional and commercial uses (each, a “Third Party Agreement”). In connection with one or more Third Party Opportunities, Company may select some or all of the User Content submitted to be delivered, in Company’s sole discretion (which discretion may be withheld for any reason), to one or more such Third Parties pursuant to the applicable Third Party Agreement(s) (each such item of User Content that Company selects to be submitted shall hereinafter be defined as “Submitted Content” whether or not such User Content is actually submitted, and any Submitted Content actually delivered under any Third Party Agreement[s] shall hereinafter be referred to as “Delivered Content”). In any such event, the grant of rights as set forth herein shall be automatically expanded to conform to the terms and conditions of each applicable Third Party Agreement pursuant to which the Submitted Content was submitted, relevant provisions of same shall be shared by Company upon User’s request therefor. Further, in connection with any Submitted Content (and, for clarity, any Delivered Content), such rights shall automatically be deemed exclusive to Company at the time that User requests the applicable User Content be submitted for potential delivery to a Third Party, and User shall thereafter no longer have the right to grant any other third parties any rights in or to such User Content for so long as Company retains any rights in and to such User Content.
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Terms, in connection with any Submitted Content, solely as related to music submitted prior to July 17, 2020, and in consideration for Company’s consideration of such User Content in connection with any Third Party Opportunity, Company shall be entitled to retain Ten Percent (10%) of all gross royalties, payments or other earnings received by User or by Company on User’s behalf in connection with any Submitted Content, and the term “Distribution Fee” as used herein shall be amended accordingly in connection solely with such Submitted Content. Notwithstanding anything else to the contrary herein, to the extent the term “Distribution Fee” is amended as set forth in the immediately foregoing provision, such amendment shall be deemed effective as of the first day of the month in which such amendment is made. For example, the amended “Distribution Fee” for any User Content delivered pursuant to a Third Party Agreement shall apply to any revenues earned by such User Content from July 17, 2020.
Provided that User owns all rights in and to the applicable Masters embodied in Submitted Content, User hereby grants Company the non-exclusive right throughout the world during the Distribution Term (as defined herein):
- to use, display and license the artwork, marketing materials, trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and other intellectual property associated with the Masters embodied in the Submitted Content or other similar identifying material which has been submitted by you;
- to permit the performance, reproduction, display, sale, copying, distribution, synchronization, public performance, encoding in any format, configuration and exploitation (e.g. as downloads, streams, on YouTube, etc.) of the User Content embodied in Submitted Content by any method now known or hereinafter invented; and
- to collect (e.g. iTunes, SoundExchange, etc.), administer, and distribute royalties to, and on behalf of, you in connection with the User Content embodied in Submitted Content.
Accounting, Payments and Audits
Company will pay you any royalties and Company collected on your behalf within sixty (60) days after the end of each calendar month or sixty (60) days from the date on which Company receives or is credited with royalties in connection with the User Content, whichever is later. If you are owed less than fifty British Pounds (£50), your royalties shall be carried forward onto the following accounting statement and paid to you once your Royalties reach fifty British Pounds (£50) or more. Company’s accounting statements shall be based solely upon information provided by its licensees. No royalties shall be payable to you until payment has been actually received by Company or credited to its account. You shall be responsible for any bank fees or related charges for the payment of any royalties. You shall have a valid method of payment on file with Company. It is your responsibility to notify Company of any changes to your method of payment. In the event that you do not have a valid method of payment on file, Company may suspend payment to you until such time that a valid payment method has been submitted. Any object to any accounting statement or lawsuit arising therefrom must be made (and any lawsuit commenced) no later than one (1) year after the date the accounting statement is rendered. You hereby waive any longer statute of limitations that may be permitted by law. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in the event that no royalties are due to you, Company shall have no obligations to provide a statement indicating that no payment is due.
Distribution Term; Termination and Removal
The term of this Agreement shall commence upon the acceptance of these Terms and first use of the Website, and automatically extend and continue for successive one (1) month periods unless and until you provide Company at least ninety (90) days’ advance notice of your desire to terminate the Agreement (the “Termination Notice”) at the end of the following thirty (30) day period, or unless Company sends you written notice of termination at any point (“Distribution Term”). Company shall continue to collect and pay you all Royalties earned by or credited to its licensees prior to the end of the Distribution Term.
COMPANY may suspend or terminate your account if Company believes in its sole and absolute discretion that you have violated the Terms, or you are believed to be infringing property rights of third parties and/or engaging in otherwise illegal and/or fraudulent activity. Company may terminate your account and access to the Service immediately at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.
Upon termination, [i] Company will submit a request for removal of the User Content to the applicable third party platforms; [ii] Company shall use reasonable efforts to have all User Content be removed from third party platforms within thirty (30) days of termination, provided that you understand such removal is out of Company control and may or may not take longer, provided Company shall have no liability for the failure of a third party platform to remove the User Content; [iii] Company may delete any User Content otherwise in its possession and Company will have no liability to you or any third party for doing so; and [iv] Company shall have no additional obligation to you with the exception of payment of any Royalties earned prior to the date in which the User Content has been removed.
Notwithstanding termination in accordance with this section, all provisions of these Terms which by their nature should survive termination, shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
In connection with any Selected Content, the term of this Agreement shall automatically be extended upon termination by User for a term of six (6) months and otherwise such that the Distribution Term is coterminous with the term of the applicable Third Party Agreement(s) unless terminated prior to that date in Company’s sole discretion, and shall automatically extend for one (1) month periods thereafter unless Company sends you written notice of termination at any point. User acknowledges and agrees that, pursuant to any Third Party Agreement(s), Company may agree to and permit the use of such Selected Content by third parties beyond the term of the Agreement, as amended hereby (including without limitation in perpetuity).
Right of First Refusal
With Regard to Submitted Content: To the extent User desires enter into an agreement with a third party during the Distribution Term, or to the extent that User enters into an agreement with a third party at any time during the first six (6) months following termination of the Distribution Term, in connection with any Submitted Content whereby such third party would acquire the rights granted to Company hereunder, Company shall have the right of first offer and of first refusal in connection therewith. Accordingly, prior to entering into any such agreement with any third party, User shall provide notice of the same to Company in writing (the “ROFR Notice”) and the ROFR Notice shall set forth all material information relating to the terms of any such proposed third party agreement (including but not limited to, economic and approval terms). The ROFR Notice shall constitute an irrevocable offer by Company to User to acquire the rights User proposes to grant to such third party (the “Right of First Refusal”) on terms to be negotiated in good faith between User and Company. Company shall have thirty (30) days in which to deliver to User written notice of its election to exercise its Right of First Refusal. If Company fails to so reply within thirty (30) days then User may thereafter enter into any such third party agreement without any further obligation to Company in connection with such Submitted Content.
Malfunctions and Technical Support
Company takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the Website will function as intended. However, Company shall not be liable if at any time the Website malfunctions and/or causes any loss or damage to Users, or for any other loss or damage suffered as a result of any partial or total breakdown of, or inability to use, the Website. Company will try to promptly address (during normal business hours) all technical issues that arise in relation to the Website.
Each User will be responsible and liable for all User Account Information submitted on the Website. Company will not be held accountable if a User suffers any loss or damage as a result of the use of the Website.
Links to Other Websites
The Website may contain links to independent third-party websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Pandora, Spotify, and Vevo (collectively, “Linked Websites”). Company provides these Linked Websites solely for your convenience, and does not control or endorse any of them. Company cannot be responsible for the content, promotions, security, tracking policies or privacy policies of such Linked Websites.
You represent and warrant that:
- You are at least eighteen (18) years of age and have the unrestricted right and power to: [i] enter into this Agreement; [ii] use and license the User Content; [iii] grant Company the rights granted in this Agreement; and [iv] fulfill all of your obligations in this Agreement;
- Company’s use of the User Content or exercise of its rights under this Agreement will not infringe upon or violate: [i] any person’s or entities’ rights; [ii] any laws, statutes, rules or regulations; or [iii] any copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, or other proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, or contracts;
- no agreement of any kind previously entered into by you, or entered into by you after the date of this Agreement will: [i] interfere in any manner with the complete performance by you of this Agreement; or [ii] conflict or interfere with Company’s exploitation of the User Content and the rights granted by you to Company;
- you have no expectation of privacy or confidentiality with respect to the User Content; and
- Company shall have the right to exploit the User Content in any manner hereunder free from adverse claim and without any obligation to make any payment of any nature to any person or entity other than the amounts payable to you hereunder.
Warranties and Liability
The Website and all content, functionality and features within it (the “Materials”) are provided “as is” and without warranties or representations of any kind either expressed or implied. To the greatest extent permitted by law, Company disclaims and excludes all warranties, terms and representations that may otherwise be implied, including any warranties as to compatibility, satisfactory quality, express or implied warranty of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or that content, information or functionality of the Website is accurate, error-free or uninterrupted, and/or does not infringe the rights of any third party. Company does not guarantee or promise any sales, streams, fans, any increases to the foregoing and/or any other form or level of success by using the Website.
With respect to all distribution services, Company shall use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure it receives proper accounting from its licensees. Notwithstanding anything in these Terms to the contrary, Company shall not be held liable or responsible for: [i] any failures of its licensees to timely or accurately report, account and make payment; [ii] any claim in connection with an accounting statement or payment that was issued or allegedly due from Company or a licensee more than twelve (12) months prior to the date Company receives written notice of the claim; and [iii] any payments, in connection with the User Content or these Terms, due to an individual or entity other than you.
COMPANY AND ANY THIRD PARTIES (INCLUDING COMPANY PARTNERS, AS DEFINED BELOW) MENTIONED ON THE WEBSITE ARE NEITHER RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER AND OF ANY CHARACTER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE RESULTING FROM LOST PROFITS OR REVENUE, LOST DATA, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR WORK STOPPAGE, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE, DOWNTIME COSTS, LOSS OF USE [OF EQUIPMENT, FACILITIES, SERVICES, OR OTHERWISE] LOST PRODUCTION, OR LOST DATA, NO MATTER WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE FORESEEABLE AND WHETHER COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE WEBSITE, CONTENT OR INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THE WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY AND WHETHER OR NOT ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. USERS’ SOLE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE WEBSITE AND/OR LINKED WEBSITES IS TO STOP USING THE WEBSITE. TO THE EXTENT ANY ASPECTS OF THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY ARE NOT ENFORCEABLE, THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF COMPANY TO USER WITH RESPECT TO USER’S USE OF THIS SITE IS $500 (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS). YOU AGREE THAT THE FOREGOING LIMITATION IS A MATERIAL TERM AND THE BASIS OF COMPANY’S AGREEMENT HEREUNDER, AND THAT COMPANY WOULD NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICE WITHOUT SUCH LIMITATION.
THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY WILL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY PROHIBIT A DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
While Company uses reasonable efforts to ensure that the Website is free from viruses and other malicious content, neither Company nor any other party involved in producing or delivering the Website assumes any responsibility, nor shall be liable for any damage to, or viruses that may infect, Users’ computers or mobile devices or other property on account of access to or use of the Website.
Users assume total responsibility and risk for their use of the Website and Third Party Websites. Company does not warrant that any “Content,” as defined below under the heading Intellectual Property and Privacy, will be free of viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other destructive programming. Users are responsible for implementing procedures sufficient to satisfy their needs for data backup and security.
You will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Company, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and its respective directors, officers, members, employees, and agents (each an “Indemnified Party”) with respect to any claim, demand, cause of action, debt or liability (collectively “Claims”) brought by or claimed by any third party, including reasonable outside attorneys’ fees, to the extent that any such Claims are based upon, arise out of or are related to a breach of any of the representations, warranties, covenants, or obligations hereunder or a result of your use of the Website and the services and functionality provided by it. You will promptly provide Company with written notice of any Claims which may fall within the scope of the foregoing indemnification clause. Company may, at its own expense, assist and participate in the defense of any Claims. You may not enter into a settlement agreement that binds Company, in any capacity, without Company’s prior written consent, which will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned, or delayed.
Release and Covenant Not to Sue
You hereby acknowledge that Company may have existing relationships and partnerships and with certain third party companies in order to carry out various functions of the Website, including but not limited to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Pandora, Spotify, Vevo, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, Rhapsody and Tidal (hereafter “Company Partners”).
You hereby irrevocably and unconditionally releases, acquits and forever discharges the Company and Company Partners from all actions, suits, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, bonds, bills, specialties, covenants, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, damages, judgments, extents, executions, claims and demands whatsoever, known or unknown, in law or equity (each, a “Demand”), which against them or any of them, whether jointly or severally, you ever had, now have or may hereafter acquire, by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever, arising out of, related to, or regarding any and all actual or alleged activities occurring prior to entering into this Agreement, including any and all actual or alleged acts of copyright infringement at any time prior to entering into this Agreement anywhere in the world by Company and/or any of the Company Partners, whether or not via the Website.
In addition, you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agree and covenant never (whether during or after the use of the Website) to, directly or indirectly (whether by means of lending any form of support, assistance, funding, resources, cooperation or other form or method of participation or encouragement, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly) or cause, persuade or induce any User or any third party to, bring, assert, pursue, maintain, join in, support, assist, fund, lend resources to, or otherwise participate in any demand, directly or indirectly, arising from, relating to, based on or in connection with, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the use and exploitation, however characterized, of User Content, in whole or in part (including as incorporated into derivative works on the Website), directly or indirectly, through the Website during the term of this Agreement, whether or not such User Content or other copyrighted materials are embodied in any digital or audio files, at any time.
No Illegal or Malicious Use
No User may use the Website for any illegal, malicious or unauthorized purpose or to abuse, harass, threaten, intimidate or impersonate any other User. Any such use will result in termination to the User’s access to the Website and of the User’s account.
Intellectual Property, Privacy and User Conduct
Company grants you permission to use the Website solely provided they are used in accordance with these Terms.
The Website and all Content, including Data, may not be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed without Company’s prior written consent. However, as long as a User complies with these Terms, Company grants the User a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, and limited privilege to enter and use the Website. This permission is conditioned on the User not modifying the Website or the Content, and the User’s acceptance of any terms, conditions, and notices accompanying the Content or as otherwise stated in the Website. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any materials available for downloading, access, or other use from the Website that may have their own license terms, conditions, and notices will be governed by such terms, conditions, and notices.
If the User posts to the User’s personal social media including, without limitation YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Pandora, Spotify, and Vevo and the User tags Company or uses another related hashtag, the User grants Company the irrevocable, unrestricted right to repost the User’s post on the Website.
If the User uses the Website through the mobile application, User grants Company the right to use the processor, bandwidth, and storage hardware on User’s device in order to facilitate the operation of the Website.
You hereby agree to abide by all applicable local, state, national and foreign laws, treatises and regulations in connection with you use of the Website, including without limitation, all intellectual property laws (i.e. UK Copyright laws). Any unauthorized use of the Website is hereby expressly prohibited. For the avoidance of doubt, you hereby agree not to do any of the following:
- Disable, hack, circumvent or otherwise interfere with security related features of the Website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Company content or materials;
- Destroy, interfere with or disrupt, or attempt to interfere with or disrupt (including scan, probe or test the vulnerability of), any web pages available on the Website, servers or networks connected to the Website or the technical delivery systems of Company’s providers or break any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Website;
- Use any metadata, meta tags or hidden text utilizing any Company name or trademarks or remove any proprietary marks or labels;
- Infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity or other right of any other person or entity;
- Upload, submit, post, email or otherwise transmit any content that is threatening, fraudulent, abusive, offensive, libelous, defamatory, tortuous, profane, contains nudity (including, without limitation, any materials which are pornographic or erotica) or obscene, promotes hate, constitutes hate speech, incites violence, invades the privacy of any third party or is otherwise objectionable;
- Upload, submit, post, email or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, so-called pyramid schemes or any other form of solicitation;
- Misrepresent the source, identity or content of information transmitted via the Website;
- Impersonate, or falsely indicate or misrepresent an affiliation with, any person or entity;
- Falsely indicate or misrepresent your identity in a way which would be infringing upon any third party person’s rights;
- Directly or indirectly attempt to modify, translate, decompile, disassemble, decipher or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the distribution services or copy, rent, lease, distribute or otherwise transfer any of the rights you receive hereunder;
- Collect or store personal data about other users of the Website without their express and explicit consent; or
- Use the Website in any manner not permitted by the Terms or otherwise instruct, or encourage any other individual to do any of the foregoing or violate the Terms.
YouTube allows Users to enable a piece of content for “Content ID” matching, which allows YouTube to generate a claim against user’s unauthorized uploading of content that matches the original user’s. YouTube has explicitly defined what sound recordings cannot be monetized for YouTube’s Content ID purposes. As such, if it is determined your User Content is not eligible for Content ID monetization, Shodement will proactively remove that content’s ability to monetize third party uploads on YouTube. In order for User Content to be eligible for Content ID matching, it must meet the following criteria:
- You must have exclusive copyright rights to the material in the reference file for the territories where you claim ownership.
- The sound recordings must be sufficiently distinct (i.e., no karaoke recordings).
- You must provide individual references for each piece of intellectual property (i.e., you must submit the single sound recording file, not an entire album).
- User Content that is sold or licensed for incorporation into other works (i.e., “royalty free” production) must be identified and routed for additional review.
- The User Content must contain sufficient metadata information.
With respect to fingerprint-only references, they will be automatically replaced with media-file references that embody the identical content. Fingerprint-only references cannot be automatically updated to utilize the latest Content ID matching technology, thus outdated references may be automatically deactivated.
The following examples are ineligible for use in or as a reference:
- Content licensed non-exclusively from a third party (this includes the underlying music in songs, aka if you rap over a non-exclusive beat we cannot use the track for content ID)
- Content released under Creative Commons or similar free/open licenses
- Public domain footage, recordings, or compositions
- Clips from other sources used under fair use principles
- Video gameplay footage (by other than the game’s publisher)
If you use your User Account to connect with YouTube to analyze your audience metrics, you agree to be bound by the YouTube Terms of Service.
No User may publish or use any Company brand, branding or logos except with Company’s prior written consent. Users must not remove or alter any copyright or other proprietary notices contained within the Website.
Company takes reasonable measures to keep User Account Information secure against unauthorized use or access. However, Users shall be responsible for maintaining the security of their account by keeping their User Account Information, Passcode number and log-in details confidential and secure, and not sharing any such information with any third party. Users must select their Passcode numbers carefully, and Passcode numbers must not be sequential or easily-identifiable numbers (for example, birthdates, 1-2-3-4 or 1-1-1-1).
Company shall not be liable for any loss, cost or damage suffered as a result of any unauthorized use of the Website by any third party caused by a User’s failure to comply with these provisions. Users must notify Company immediately if they suspect or become aware of any unauthorized or fraudulent use of their account.
During and after the Distribution Term, neither you nor your respective affiliates, agents, or representatives will disclose or reveal any confidential information related to Company’s business and business practices that you may become aware of except: [i] as required by governmental proceeding, applicable law, or court order; or [ii] to individuals on a “need to know” basis, including employees, certified financial advisors and attorneys, with the condition said recipients maintain the confidentiality of these Terms. In the event that either you or your affiliates are required by law to disclose these Terms, you will notify Company in writing so that such Company may seek a protective order and/or other motion to prevent or limit the production or disclosure of such information. You hereby expressly agree that Company shall have the right to provide information relative to the exploitation of the User Content hereunder to third parties, to aggregate such information into charts and other comparative information materials and to disseminate such findings in any manner.
If a User does not comply with any aspect of these Terms, Company may (without prejudice to any other rights or remedies available to it) cancel or suspend that User’s account, disable the ability of that User to use the Website, and/or terminate these Terms (including the license granted within it). Company shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by Users as a result of Company exercising its rights under this clause.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms shall be governed by England and Wales law, and all Users submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state of England and Wales for any matter or dispute arising in relation to these Terms.
If a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction holds any of the provisions of these Terms to be void or unenforceable, such provisions shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary and replaced with a valid provision that best embodies the intent of these Terms, so that these Terms shall remain in full force and effect.
Company’s failure to insist on or enforce strict performance of these Terms shall not be construed as Company’s waiver of any provision or any right it has to enforce these Terms, nor shall any course of conduct between Company and you or any other party be deemed to modify any provision of these Terms. These Terms shall not be interpreted or construed to confer any rights or remedies on any third parties. Company customer service representatives are not authorized to modify any provision of these terms, either verbally or in writing.
You may not delegate your duties, assign your rights or assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of Company. Company may assign its rights under this Agreement to an individual or entity reasonably capable of fulfilling Company’s obligations under this Agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement is deemed unenforceable or void, the balance of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. You warrant that you have not been induced to execute this Agreement by any agreements or statements made by Company or its representatives as to the nature or extent of Company’s proposed exercise of any of the rights, licenses, or privileges granted to Company by this Agreement. A waiver by a party of any term or condition of this Agreement in any instance will not be deemed or construed as a waiver of such term or condition for the future or any subsequent breach thereof.
All remedies, rights, undertakings, obligations or agreements contained in this Agreement will be cumulative and none of them will limit any other remedy, right, undertaking, obligation or agreement of any party. The parties are independent contractors. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Company and User relating to its subject matter, and supersedes all prior agreements between Company and User, whether oral or written, relating to its subject matter, and may not be modified except in writing signed by the parties. User shall promptly provide notice to Company of any changes to User’s contact information and payment information.
Company will try work in good faith to resolve any issue User has with the Website. However, Company realizes that there may be rare cases where Company may not be able to resolve an issue to a User’s satisfaction.
User and Company agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating in any way to User’s use of the Website, including donations made and/or products and services ordered or purchased through the Website, shall be determined by binding arbitration instead of in courts of general jurisdiction. Arbitration is more informal than bringing a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, and is subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitration allows for more limited discovery than in court, however, Company agrees to cooperate with Users to agree to reasonable discovery in light of the issues involved and amount of the claim. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award, but in so doing, the arbitrator shall apply substantive law regarding damages as if the matter had been brought in court. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of these Terms and any other contractual relationship between User and Company.
USER AND COMPANY AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both User and Company agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims with User’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party’s individual claim.
If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then (a) the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void, but the remaining provisions of these Terms shall remain in full force and effect; and (b) exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any claims will be in state or federal courts of England and Wales.
Feedback and Claims of Infringement
Company welcomes any feedback Users have regarding the Website. Please be aware that any feedback Users provide shall be deemed non-confidential, and Company shall be free to use such information on an unrestricted basis.
If a User believes that any content appearing on the Website infringes the User’s copyright rights, Company wants to hear from the User. Please forward the following information in writing at the address listed below:
- The User’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address;
- A description of the copyrighted work that the User claims has been infringed;
- The exact URL or a description of each place where alleged infringing material is located;
- A statement by the User that the User has a good faith belief that the disputed use has not been authorized by the User, its agent, or the law;
- The User’s electronic or physical signature or the electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on the User’s behalf; and
- A statement by the User made under penalty of perjury, that the information in the User’s notice is accurate, that the User is the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Please provide any feedback or claims of infringement to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org