Terms and Conditions
Effective as of November 6th, 2015
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This is a legal agreement between you and Whitepoint GmbH (“Company”). Company reserves the sole right at any time to modify, discontinue or terminate the Site and Services, or modify the Terms of Service without notice. It is your responsibility to check these Terms of Service periodically for changes. By continuing to use or access the Site and/or Services after Company makes and posts any such modification, you agree to be legally bound by the revised Terms of Service. You may not alter the terms and conditions of the Terms of Service without Company’s express written consent.
YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY USING THE SERVICES OFFERED BY COMPANY THROUGH THE SITE OR WITH RESPECT TO YOUR ACCOUNT, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF SERVICE. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THE TERMS OF SERVICE IN THEIR ENTIRETY, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES OFFERED BY COMPANY.
1. GRANT OF RIGHTS.
(a) The rights granted hereunder shall include the sale of Recordings (as defined in Section 2 below) by, without limitation, permanent digital downloads, temporary digital downloads, interactive streaming, non-interactive streaming, cloud services and so-called "disc-on- demand" services. You and Company agree that the Internet consumer stores (“Consumer Stores”) (e.g., iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rhapsody) licensed to exploit your Recordings hereunder must be approved by you.
(b) By clicking the “I Agree” button, you irrevocably grant to Company, throughout the world (the “Territory”) and during the Term (as defined in Section 7 below), the non-exclusive right:
(i) to sell, copy, distribute and otherwise exploit the Recordings by all means and media (whether now known or existing in the future) (“Sale”) through any and all Consumer Stores now operational or hereafter available;
(ii) to collect all income deriving therefrom; and
(iii) to use the name(s), photographs and likenesses, artwork images, biographical and other information provided by you or the artists whose performances are embodied on the Recordings in connection with the Recordings and Company's general business.
(c) You agree that you will not use the Site or Services to transmit, route, provide connections to or store any material that infringes copyrighted works or otherwise violates or promotes the violation of the intellectual property rights of any third party. You acknowledge and agree that Company may disable access to and/or terminate your account and/or remove or disable access to any Recordings or any associated materials you provide to Company in the event that Company receives any claim that, if true, would constitute a violation of your representations and warranties hereunder.
(d) You agree that Company may freeze any and all revenues in your account that are received in connection with Recordings or other materials submitted by you which Company believes, in its good faith discretion, violate the Terms of Service, and that such revenues will be forfeited by you if Company determines, in its good faith discretion, they are the result of fraud and/or infringement. You agree that you will not be entitled to reimbursement for any fees paid by you to Company in the event Company disables access to your account, your Recordings and/or any other materials you provide to Company, or to any revenues forfeited by you as set forth in the preceding sentence.
(e) You agree that Company may terminate your account if you violate the Terms of Service or, in Company’s good faith discretion, are believed to be infringing the intellectual property rights of third parties and/or engaging in otherwise fraudulent activity.
The term "Recordings" shall be defined as the sound recordings and audiovisual recordings that you submit to Company at any time. Company, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to reject any materials (including, without limitation, Recordings, images and/or artwork) that you submit. You agree to submit all Recordings, images and artwork at your sole expense, in the format(s) required by Company or the Consumer Stores. Technical descriptions of such format(s) will be provided to you upon request. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide you with approval rights over such artwork, but in the event that you object to any such artwork your only remedy shall be to (a) provide appropriate replacement artwork or (b) request prospective discontinuation of delivery of your materials in such manner. In no circumstances shall Company have any liability to you with respect to the quality, sufficiency or other aspect of the creation and delivery of such discs- on-demand.
(a) Company will pay you ninety percent (90%) of Net Income (as defined in Section 3(b) below) when being a Reseller choosing the Reseller Deal or eighty percent (80%) of Net Income when being a regular user choosing the Independent Deal or fifty-five (55%) percent when being a regular user choosing the Beginner Deal. Net Income will be posted monthly to your email address, currently via Paypal Services. You will be responsible for any bank fees or other charges related to such payments.
(b) "Net Income" shall be defined as Company's actual receipts from Consumer Stores less any tax, fee or other charge related to the Sale of your Recordings. Any objection relating to any accounting statement or any lawsuit arising therefrom must be made (and any lawsuit commenced) no later than one (1) year after the date the statement is rendered, and you hereby waive any longer statute of limitations that may be permitted by law.
(c) To the extent that you owe any amounts to Company as a consequence of the Terms of Service or otherwise, Company shall have the right to deduct all or a portion of such amounts from any Net Income otherwise payable to you.
(d) In the event that Company has, in its good faith discretion, reason to suspect that your account has been subjected to and/or involved in fraudulent or infringing activities, Company reserves the right to discontinue the posting of Net Income to your account and block your ability to otherwise withdraw funds therefrom until resolution of the suspect activities to the satisfaction of Company is obtained. Furthermore, you agree that such revenues will be forfeited by you if Company determines, in its good faith discretion, that they are the result of fraud and/or infringement. To the extent that any fraudulent and/or infringing activities are determined to be caused by your or your affiliates actions or omissions, any costs incurred by Company (including legal fees and expenses) in connection therewith may, in addition to its other remedies, be deducted by Company from any monies otherwise payable to you hereunder. Certain Consumer Stores may also have policies related to fraud and suspected fraudulent activities and you agree that it is your responsibility to investigate such policies, if any, and such policies shall be binding upon you hereunder.
(e) The Net Income collected for your account may be pooled in an interest bearing bank account with the Net Income of other customers. You agree that you will not receive interest or other earnings on the Net Income that Company handles as your agent and places in such pooled account. In consideration for your use of the Services, you irrevocably transfer and assign to Company any ownership right that you may have in any interest that may accrue on Net Income held in such pooled account. In addition to or instead of earning interest on such pooled account, Company may receive a reduction in fees or expenses charged for banking services by the banks that hold your Net Income.
(f) In connection with your decision to use Company’s streaming media player, iPhone application or other so-called widgets or applications (the “Streaming Players”) as platforms for users to stream your Recordings, you hereby waive any right to digital artist royalties, performance royalties or any other fees or royalties, statutory or otherwise, that Company may be obligated to pay you or a third party in connection with the use of such Streaming Players. For the avoidance of doubt, to the extent that you utilize a Streaming Player on your own website or authorize its use on any other website on the Internet, you acknowledge and agree that Company is not responsible to make any third party payments in connection with the Recordings and underlying musical compositions which you own and/or control.
(g) To the extent that you elect to use certain Recordings from your catalog to distribute Beginner Deal to any parties (via a Streaming Player, directly through your own website or otherwise), you agree that you will be solely responsible for any of the above referenced third party payment obligations resulting from such deliveries. Without limiting any of the foregoing, you expressly agree to either waive music publishing royalties (if you own or control such rights) or pay any necessary royalties due to third party music publishers as a result of any such Beginner Deal distribution.
(h) In the event that Company is presented with a claim of infringement of copyright, trademark, right of publicity or other intellectual property right, or failure to comply with any third party license requirement or any other claim which, if true, would constitute your breach of, or non-compliance with, any of your representations, warranties or agreements hereunder, you agree that Company may Beginner Dealze any and all revenues in your account that are received in connection with the disputed Recordings or other materials submitted by you, and that such revenues will be forfeited by you if Company determines, in its good faith discretion, they are the result of fraud and/or infringement. Furthermore, if in Company’s reasonable business judgment it elects to engage an attorney to review and/or respond to such claim, Company shall, in its sole discretion, have the right to deduct from your account or charge any alternate payment method you provide to Company (such as a PayPal account, credit card or debit card) (each a “Payment Method”) a minimum of Three Hundred Dollars ($300) to offset the costs of associated legal fees and expenses.
4. THIRD PARTY OBLIGATIONS.
(a) You shall be solely responsible for securing and paying for digital phonorecord delivery, mechanical, public performance and any other licenses (as applicable) required from musical composition copyright owners or their agents in connection with Company's exploitation of rights hereunder, as well as royalties due to artists, producers and other persons who performed in the making of the Recordings and all payments that may be required under collective bargaining agreements or pursuant to any statutory schemes.
(b) For digital download sales in the United States, your payment typically includes the mechanical royalty on the underlying composition. In the case of the iTunes Match service, your payment includes a publishing portion that covers both the mechanical and public performance royalties. If you do not own or control the underlying composition(s) in your sound recording(s), it is your obligation to pay these publishing royalties to the person or entity that does. Outside of the United States, Company customarily requires Consumer Stores to secure and pay for music publishing licenses (and such license fees may or may not be deducted by the Consumer Store concerned from the proceeds payable to Company). If any Consumer Store outside of the United States does not agree to secure and pay for music publishing licenses, Company shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to either
(i) decline to license such Consumer Store or
(ii) assume the responsibility to clear and pay for the music publishing licenses required in connection with such Consumer Store's Sales, which license fees Company shall have the right to deduct from amounts payable to you hereunder. To the extent that Company is required or elects, in its sole discretion, to pay any of the foregoing amounts, such payments will be deducted from any amounts otherwise payable to you hereunder.
(c) To the extent that Company permits you to select certain Recordings from your catalog to distribute Beginner Deal to fans or directly through your own website, you agree that you will be solely responsible for any of the above referenced third party payment obligations resulting from such deliveries.