Go Create Distribution Agreement
As of October 1, 2020.
This Distribution Agreement and Terms of Service ("Agreement") is a binding legal agreement between you and Grands Creative solution LLC a USA based company that owns the rights to Go Distro Distribution platform distribute.godistro.net and gocreateafrica.com (hereafter referred as "Go Create" or "us") which defines the following;
1) the use of our services for the purpose of distributing your musical recordings to selected digital services and stores across the world (hereafter referred as "Service"),
2) the use of content blocking and fingerprint service provided by AUDIBLEMAGIC ©, and
3) any other uses of your musical recordings and musical compositions by Go Create and its licensee as described herein.
If you are entering into this Agreement on behalf of a label or a group of Artists, or on behalf of a company or entity, then by accepting this Agreement you represent and warrant to us that you are duly authorized to do so on behalf of all such person(s)/entity(ies) and that you have the rights to bind them to this Agreement and that Go Create is fully entitled to rely on that fact (in which case, the term "you" includes all such people and entities) in our performance under this Agreement.
By clicking to agree to this Agreement, you are accepting the terms and conditions below, so please read and understand them completely before doing so. Once you do so, this Agreement will automatically become effective (the "Effective Date").
Go Create DOESN'T TAKE ANY COPYRIGHT OR OTHER INTEREST IN ANY OF YOUR MUSIC, ONLY A LIMITED LICENSE TO DISTRIBUTE. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU MUST OWN OR OTHERWISE HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO REPRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE 100% OF THE RECORDINGS, MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS, ARTWORK AND ANY OTHER MATERIAL THAT YOU INTEND TO UPLOAD AND DISTRIBUTE VIA THE Go Create SERVICE, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO MAKE AND DISTRIBUTE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS EMBODYING THE MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS THEREIN, AND ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSIONS OF SUCH MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, VIA STREAMING SERVICES), AS NECESSARY. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CANNOT DELIVER TO US ANY REMIXES, OR RECORDINGS THAT INCLUDE SAMPLES UNLESS YOU HAVE ALL NECESSARY WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE SONGWRITERS AND FROM THE OWNERS OF THE APPLICABLE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS. YOUR RECORDINGS OF COVER VERSIONS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ANY DIGITAL STORE UNTIL Go Create RECEIVES NOTICE THAT THE APPROPRIATE LICENSES HAVE BEEN CLEARED.
1. THE Go Create “SERVICE” TERMS AND CONDITIONS
a. The Go Create Service enables you to upload to our servers digital files containing audio-only musical sound recordings and the underlying musical compositions embodied therein collectively ("Recordings") for distribution to your choice of digital stores, streaming services, and other digital services within our distribution network ("Digital Stores"), who may make your Recordings available to their customers and end users ("Customers"). Such musical compositions are sometimes referred to herein individually as the “Compositions”).
b. Recordings must be musical sound recordings in single track, EP, or album configuration (however, please note that Digital Stores will make your Recordings available to Customers to purchase or stream as individual tracks i.e., you cannot require that a Customer purchase or stream an entire album or EP as a single unit). We do not accept or distribute ringtones, videos, audio books, spoken-word records, digital booklets, or other types of content; however, if we choose to do so, as determined by us on a case-by-case basis in our discretion, the terms of this Agreement shall apply to such formats.
· c. We can currently accept Recordings in Stereo Formats: AIF, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, M4A, OGG Or WAV, up to 192kHz, 16-bit, 24-bit files). We and/or the Digital Stores may require different formats or file sizes from time to time during the Term, and Go Create reserves the right to convert audio files of the Recordings as necessary.
d. When uploading each Recording, you must provide us with all accompanying data that we or a Digital Store may require (e.g., artist name, album title, each track title, genre), plus any available cover art (in JPG format with RGB color or any other format that we or a Digital Store may require). For purposes of this Agreement, all such data, metadata, information, image files, artwork and any other materials you provide to us are included in the definition of "Recordings." We may also require that you indicate if the Recording contains explicit content, in which case a Digital Store may tag it accordingly.
e. We will automatically generate unique identifying codes for each Recording and provide them to your chosen Digital Stores. If you have a your own ISRC codes you can choose to supply this, but not UPC codes.
f. Once you have uploaded a Recording to our Site for distribution, you can delete it at any time during the Term. However, you can't remove a single track that was included within an album if you want to do that, you must delete the entire album and then re-upload the album with that song removed.
2. DIGITAL STORES
a. The rights granted by you to Go Create are non-exclusive. Be advised, however, that if you send your Recording(s) to the same Digital Stores via Go Create and a separate service, the double listing of your Recordings may cause complications and/or problems in those Digital Stores.
b. We undertake to provide your Recordings to Digital Stores as quickly as possible. However, it can take a few hours to a few days to several weeks for a Digital Store to integrate, process and make your Recordings available to Customers, depending on the particular Digital Store and the territory. Please be patient.
c. Each Digital Store will determine its pricing to its Customers, as well as format or media and other terms on which it offers recordings (including your Recordings) to its Customers, in its discretion and according to its business model. For example, in some cases your Recordings may be available for permanent digital download on a pay-per-unit basis, in others Customers may pay a monthly subscription fee to be able to stream or temporarily download your Recordings along with other recordings. By way of further example, Digital Stores may also offer your Recordings for free on a promotional basis, alone or together with other recordings, may include (or decline to include) your Recordings in marketing promotions, may create editorial content about your Recordings and the featured artists, may group Recordings by genre or other designation, may create and allow Customers and others to listen to free preview clips of your Recordings, all in their discretion. Note that the prices on stores are just suggestions, and while stores usually adhere to custom pricing, ultimately stores can price however they like. We aren't responsible for what Digital Stores do, and by opting into a particular Digital Store, you agree to accept and have your Recordings made available to its Customers in accordance with its pricing structure and other practices and policies from time to time, and in accordance with its agreement with Go Create.
d. We will distribute your Recordings to your selected Distribution Channels on a worldwide basis (you can't specify only certain countries or territories for particular Recordings). The "Territory" of this Agreement is the universe.
e. Digital Stores may choose not to carry one or more of your Recordings at all or in certain territories (or to remove Recordings at any time) per their policies and practices, so we can't make any guarantees. We may also decline to distribute (or may remove from Digital Stores) one or more Recordings from any or all Digital Stores if we receive any legal claims regarding that Recording, if we reasonably believe that any legal claims or issues may arise, if a Recording may violate the terms and conditions of any Digital Store, or for any other reason in our business judgment. And if our agreement with any Digital Store expires or terminates, or if that Digital Store ceases to operate entirely or in a particular territory, then your Recordings will no longer be available through that Digital Store.
f. By opting into a Digital Store, you warrant to Go Create that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of that Digital Store, and that you and your Recordings and other content will comply fully with those terms and conditions.
3. YOUR ACCOUNT
a. When you register for our Service you will establish a username and password that will provide access to an online user dashboard for your account on our website, currently www.DigitalMusicAfrica.com (our "Site"). Please keep your username and password safe and secure, as you will be solely responsible for any Recordings and other content uploaded and for all financial transactions and other activity conducted through your account. We will not be responsible for any activity transacted via or through your account.
b. Your annual registration fee must be paid with a valid credit card and, as described below under "Term," will automatically recur annually until you terminate the Term of this Agreement. Therefore, you must maintain a valid credit card on account with us throughout the Term. We currently accept Visa and MasterCard but reserve the right to add or change payment methods during the Term. You expressly authorize Go Create to charge the applicable amount, plus any applicable taxes, to the credit card you provided or, in our sole discretion, to deduct that amount from monies payable by us to you. Any refunds are in Go Create's sole discretion. In addition, if you owe any fees or other amounts to Go Create, we may deduct or set-off such amounts from any current or future payments to you, in addition to our other rights and remedies.
a. The term of this Agreement and our Services hereunder (the "Term") will begin on the Effective Date and will continue for one (1) year, unless renewed or terminated earlier.
b. The Term will renew automatically at the end of each annual contract period (and your credit or debit card will be charged accordingly) unless you terminate your account prior the end of the then-current contract year via your account on the user dashboard in the Go Create site.
c. Go Create may terminate the Term for any reason, including but not limited to if we reasonably believe that you or any of your Recordings or other content has violated this Agreement or the terms and conditions of any Digital Store, that you or your Recordings infringe the intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, if we are told by Digital Stores or reasonably believe that Digital Stores will not accept your content specifically or categorically, or that you are otherwise abusing our Service or any Digital Store or engaging in fraudulent or illegal activity. We may also terminate the Term if the credit or debit card that you provided to us expires, is cancelled, if our attempts to charge your Service fee are declined for any reason, or if we reasonably believe that charges were incurred fraudulently. So if the number, expiration date, billing address, or any other card or account information changes, please be sure to update your Go Create account promptly via the Site user dashboard. At our sole option, we may nevertheless elect to renew the Term and to deduct the applicable renewal fee from any and all sums payable to you hereunder. We may also terminate the Term if our Service is discontinued for any reason.
d. After the end of the Term, we will notify all applicable Digital Stores to remove your Recordings and will have no further obligation to you other than to account and pay for monies earned during the Term. Customers who downloaded or otherwise accessed your Recordings may be able to retain and continue listening to your Recordings even after the Term of this Agreement is over.
5. GRANT OF RIGHTS
a. In order for us to provide the Service and to distribute your Recordings (which includes the Compositions) and related content to your selected Digital Stores via our Service and/or on Go Create’s sites/services or digital platforms, including, without limitation, its third party hosting sites (collectively, “Go Create Sites”), our lawyers and the Digital Stores need us to confirm that you grant us the non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and license during the Term and throughout the Territory to:
i. reproduce and distribute your Recordings, to Digital Stores for them to sell or sublicense to their Customers by any and all applicable digital (non-physical) formats, configurations, technologies and methods (including, without limitation, permanent downloads, temporary or "tethered" download, interactive and non-interactive streaming, "scan and match" services, and "cloud" services) to any and all capable devices (including, without limitation, to personal and tablet computers and smartphones), in each case as now or hereafter known;
ii. create, reproduce, publicly perform and make available, and to authorize Digital Stores to reproduce, create and publicly perform and make available, free preview clips of your Recordings via streaming format either on Go Create Sites or via the Digital Stores;
iii. authorize third-party partners and/or licensees of Go Create, which offer services permitting the creation, use and exploitation of so-called “remixes” of your Recordings and so-called “user generated content” embodying your Recordings, including, without limitation, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram (collectively, the “UGC Services”). Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that Go Create shall have the right to grant UGC Services the following related rights:
(1) to synchronize and authorize others to synchronize your Recordings (including the Compositions), with visual images and/or combine excerpts of your Recordings with any series of still or moving images, either pre-capture, post-capture or as a live stream;
(2) to use and include your Recordings and/or remixes of your Recordings in “Mix Content” which shall mean the combination of two (2) or more whole or partial audio-only tracks which may be harmonically, rhythmically or otherwise mixed, remixed, edited or mashed up;
(3) to store, host, reformat, make on-demand streams of, make conditional (“limited” or “tethered”) downloads of, and display your Recordings as have been embodied in user videos, “art tracks,” audio-only tracks (including remixes), label videos and Mix Content, and to make your Recordings available on and through the UGC Services, including without limitation, in embedded YouTube or similar video players;
(4) to reproduce, distribute, and prepare derivative works (including synchronization rights and remix rights) based upon your Recordings, to the extent necessary for the purpose of engaging in any of the foregoing activities, to collect all income from the foregoing activities, and to create reference files and fingerprints of the Recordings, and to store and use such files;
(5) grant the UGC Services all necessary rights to (and to pass through such rights to users as applicable) include the Recordings, in Google’s so-called “AudioSwap Library” (or any successor product thereto which is owned or controlled by Google) and similar “libraries” of the UGC Services, which consist of master recordings any of which users may add to their user videos and/or Mix Content, as applicable; and
(6) display album artwork in association with videos and audio-only tracks created in connection with the UGC Services. The UGC Services will also have the rights to (and to pass through such rights to labels and users as applicable): (AA) create so-called “art tracks” using your Recordings; (BB) create reference files and fingerprints of your Recordings; and (CC) use your Recordings in Facebook properties that include musical emojis/stickers, video re-mix, send-a-lyric, virtual reality experiences, singalong with lyrics. “UGC Services” shall include all mirror and derivative sites, including mobile, all replacements or successor versions thereof, and all international versions thereof, and any features thereof made available to paying or non-paying users through application programming interfaces (or “apps,” as such term is commonly understood in the technology industry), and any other product, device or service (including mobile devices), including embeds and playback pages, capable of accessing the videos and audio-only tracks made available on or through the UGC Services websites, even if accessed through a means other than such websites.
iv. display and otherwise use your artist(s) and/or label name and logo (if you have one) and all artwork, song and album titles, all trademarks, service marks, logos and trade names, and all artist, songwriter, producer and mixer names and approved likenesses, each as embodied in metadata within the Recordings or otherwise provided by you ("Materials"), on Go Create Sites, on the Digital Stores' sites and services, and in any marketing, advertising or promotional materials for our Service or for the Digital Stores. Without limiting the foregoing, the Digital Stores may (but shall have no obligation to) create editorial content regarding you and your Recordings and may classify or categorize the same for inclusion within one or more genres.
v. collect income from the Digital Stores from their exploitation of your Recordings (and to collect income after the Term from exploitation of your Recordings during the Term); and
vi. notify Digital Stores and other third parties of our rights and relationship per this Agreement, and to include your name and logo (if you have one) in any listing of Go Create licensors.
b. You also grant to us and to your selected Digital Stores the right and license during the Term and throughout the Territory to take all steps desired or required to effect the foregoing rights and to distribute your Recordings and Materials as contemplated in this Agreement, including without limitation, to store, host, cache, reproduce, convert, edit, serve, transmit and publicly perform such Recordings, and as otherwise required pursuant to our agreements with those Digital Stores, as may be amended from time to time during the Term. You understand that Digital Stores may grant to Customers rights to use your Recordings beyond the Term of this Agreement, even perpetual rights. As noted above, Digital Stores and/or we may decline to distribute or otherwise exploit any Recordings or other Materials (or to remove any Recordings that have already been distributed or offered to Customers) in our reasonable business judgment. You will be deemed to have approved any artwork, photographs, biographical material or other information or materials that you provide to us.
c. Additionally, and in no way limiting any rights granted by you herein above, you hereby grant to Go Create a direct license to publicly perform your Recordings (including the Compositions) on the Go Create Sites. In the event you are affiliated with a performing rights society, performing rights organization or other collection society (“PRO”) to which you have granted the non-exclusive right to administer the public performance rights in and to your Recordings and/or Compositions, you agree to notify each such PRO, in accordance with the requirements of your applicable PRO membership agreement(s), of your agreement to grant the direct public performance license pursuant to this paragraph and as otherwise provided in this Agreement.
6. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
a. You are solely responsible for and must have obtained all necessary rights, licenses, waivers, clearances and permissions, including without limitation all music publishing rights and licenses, throughout the Territory for all Recordings (including for purposes of clarity the Compositions) and other Materials in order to enable Go Create and your selected Digital Stores to fully exploit all their rights hereunder free of any claims, liens, encumbrances or other restrictions. Your uploading of Recordings and delivery of any other Materials shall be your unqualified warranty and representation to us that you have obtained any and all such rights required and necessary for Go Create and your selected Digital Stores to sell, distribute, publicly perform, promote, and otherwise exploit such Recordings and Materials as contemplated under this Agreement, including the waiver of all so-called “moral rights”, under the laws of any jurisdiction, on your behalf as well as on behalf of any and all contributors involved in any manner with the creation and delivery of your Recordings.
b. Without limiting anything in this Agreement, you are solely responsible for and shall timely pay
(i) any and all royalties, including without limitation all mechanical royalties, and all other amounts due to artists, producers, mixers, engineers, licensors and any other royalty participants from the sales, license, performance and/or other exploitation of your Recordings and Materials,
(ii) any and all royalties, including without limitation all mechanical royalties, that may be payable by you to the owners or administrators of copyrighted recordings (e.g., samples) and/or musical compositions embodied in your Recordings,
(iii) all payments that may be required under union, guild or other collective bargaining agreements applicable to you or third parties, and
(iv) any other royalties (including without limitation mechanical royalties), fees and/or sums payable with respect to the Recordings or Materials, including, without limitation, any royalties that may be required to be paid, pursuant to the applicable laws of any jurisdiction, as a result of authorized exploitations by Go Create or your selected Digital Stores of your Recordings (including, for purposes of clarity, the Compositions) for so-called performer’s rights, equitable remuneration rights or neighboring rights, however characterized under local law. If any portion of your Recordings are now or in the future administered in any territory(ies) by any PRO, you are obligated to notify such third party PRO(s) of this Agreement. You understand and acknowledge that Go Create will not be making any such payments on your behalf or otherwise.
WE DO NOT AND CANNOT PROVIDE YOU WITH LEGAL ADVICE REGARDING YOUR OBLIGATIONS TO THIRD PARTIES, SO PLEASE CONSULT A QUALIFIED LAWYER BEFORE ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT AND UPLOADING ANY RECORDINGS TO OUR SERVICE.
7. PAYMENT & ACCOUNTING TERMS
a. In full consideration of the rights and licenses granted hereunder, we will post to your Go Create account the agreed 100% of any and all monies that we actually earn and receive in U.S. Dollars from your selected Digital Stores which are directly attributable to their exploitation of your Recordings, after deducting
(i) any applicable PayPal fees or other payment processing fees and
(ii) if you have opted-into and registered for different participants, the applicable royalties shall be paid to such songwriters, publishers or other participants and
Once payment has been credited to your account, you will be able to withdraw monies from your account at your discretion. You will be responsible for any bank fees or other charges related to such withdrawals. Any sums that we receive in foreign currency will be converted to U.S. Dollars at either the same rate received by us, or current spot exchange rate at the time of transaction from store to Go Create, or from Go Create to you. For the avoidance of doubt, your payment is an "all-in" pay-through payment, from which you are solely responsible for paying and accounting to all applicable taxes, tariffs, licensors, songwriters, publishers, artists, producers, mixers and other third parties. We cannot offer any legal, tax, accounting, and other advice; please consult your own advisors regarding those matters.
b. You understand and acknowledge that Digital Stores may retain for themselves a portion of income that they receive from Customers and may deduct or withhold sums from the amount that they pay to Go Create. Sums retained or withheld by Digital Stores may include, without limitation, taxes and tariffs, administration fees, royalties or fees paid to third parties, wire transfer fees, and credit card processing fees and chargebacks. Go Create shall be entitled to rely on payments and accountings received from Digital Stores. Any objection relating to any accounting statement or any lawsuit arising therefrom must be made (and/or lawsuit commenced) no later than one (1) year after the date the statement is rendered, and you waive any longer statute of limitation that may be permitted by law. You shall have no right to inspect or audit our books and records, or those of Digital Stores.
c. Go Create makes payments via PayPal and various other methods and may deduct fees incurred by Go Create . IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE YOUR PAYMENT METHOD IS FUNCTIONAL. During the Term, we may change or add additional payment methods. Go Create also communicates with you via email so YOU ALSO MUST PROVIDE Go Create WITH AN ACTIVE EMAIL ACCOUNT TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT NOTICES FROM Go Create, and you are responsible for making sure the email account is active, able to receive emails from Go Create, and that your email address on file with Go Create is up-to-date.
d. After we receive a payment for you from a Digital Store, we will notify you via your Go Create account dashboard. You must then affirmatively accept and withdraw the payment from your Go Create account in order for us to transmit the royalties to you. We will also make available to you via your user dashboard a portion of accounting statements that we receive from your selected Digital Stores for the applicable period. We may redact those statements for any confidential information or information related to third parties. If your account is maintained on behalf of a group, company, partnership, or anything other than you alone, then you shall be responsible for paying anyone else. We will only make payments to the individual account holder, or any paid accountholders you've specified in your dashboard.
e. We do not offer advance payments against royalties
f. If required by applicable law, we may withhold payments to you, in whole or in part, pending receipt of your correctly completed Forms or any other applicable tax-related forms evidencing that no withholding is required. If any information provided on such tax forms is incomplete, incorrect or misrepresented, we reserve the right to withhold sums due to you until all appropriate and correct information is submitted to and received by us. You indemnify us and will be responsible for any costs, expenses and liabilities we may pay or incur as a result of any incorrect, inaccurate or misrepresented tax or financial information provided by you.
g. If we receive a claim or notice or otherwise reasonably suspect that any of your Recordings or Materials or your use of our Site or Service breaches any agreement, infringes any third party rights, violates this Agreement or any law, rule or regulation, that there is a dispute regarding the Recordings or Materials (including without limitation as to ownership or payment of monies), or that your activities involve misrepresentation, misconduct, deception, fraud, or other inappropriate conduct, then in addition to any other available rights and remedies, we may suspend or terminate the distribution of your Recordings and/or the Term of this Agreement and/or withhold payment of monies to you in an amount reasonably attributable in our discretion to such Recording(s), Material and activity until and unless any and all claims or other conduct are favorably resolved to our reasonable satisfaction, and we may deduct from your payments our related attorneys' fees and legal costs in connection. You will forfeit any monies that are attributable to your fraud, infringement or other illegal activity.
8. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; INDEMNIFICATION
a. You represent and warrant to Go Create that:
(i) you are at least 18 years of age and have the legal capacity, right and authority to enter into this Agreement;
(ii) you own or are otherwise fully vested of the necessary copyrights and other rights in order to make the grant of rights, licenses and permissions herein, and that the exercise of such rights, licenses and permissions by Go Create, your selected Digital Stores, and our and their respective permitted successors and assigns shall not violate or infringe any applicable law, rule or regulation or the rights of any third party;
(iii) you have secured all third-party grants of rights, consents, licenses and permissions necessary, including without limitation mechanical licenses from copyright owners or proprietors, to grant all rights and licenses and otherwise fully perform all obligations hereunder, and shall make all payments and otherwise comply with all of your obligations under this Agreement;
(iv) your Recordings and Materials do not and will not, and the authorized use thereof by Go Create, Digital Stores and their Customers shall not, infringe any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property or other rights (including without limitation rights of publicity, privacy or moral rights), of any third party, or violate any applicable treaty, statute, law, order, rule or regulation;
(v) the files containing the Recordings and Materials that you upload or otherwise provide to us do not and will not contain any bugs, viruses, trojan horses or other defects or harmful elements or digital rights management restrictions.
(vi) there are no actual or threatened claims, litigation, administrative proceedings or other actions regarding any Recordings or Materials or otherwise adverse to full exploitation of all rights and licenses granted hereunder
(vii) all data, metadata, and information provided by you under or in connection with this Agreement is and will be true, accurate and complete, free of objectionable content and you agree to update the same promptly as necessary during the Term;
(viii) you will make, and Go Create will not be responsible for, any payments o