DistroKid Terms of Service
As of May 1, 2023
DistroKid LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“DistroKid”, “we” or “us”) provides access to the DistroKid website, currently located at distrokid.com and all associated websites and subpages, including, without limitation, slaps.com, distrovid.com, distrokid.com/hyperfollow and distrokid.com/instantshare (collectively, “Site”), any and all related mobile applications we may make available (collectively, “Application”), together with all enabled features, functionality and services, including, without limitation, DistroKid's music streaming platform currently called “Slaps”, DistroKid's music video distribution service currently called “DistroVid”, DistroKid's artist social media service currently called “Hyperfollow”, DistroKid's file sharing service currently called “Instant Share” and DistroKid's instant mastering service currently called “Mixea”, offered by us in connection with the Site and Application (collectively, “Services”). These terms and conditions (“Terms”) govern your access and use (as a registered user or otherwise) of the Services.
By accessing or using the Services in any way, you represent and warrant that you have read, understood, and accept and agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree, you may not access or use the Services. Your use of DistroKid's distribution services, if applicable, is separately governed by the DistroKid Distribution Agreement, and any of its attachments or addendum, located here (https://www.distrokid.com/agreement).
Terms of Access and Use
Subject to these Terms, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, nontransferable personal license to access and use the Services. By accessing and using the Services, you represent and warrant that you are over eighteen (18) years of age or the applicable age of majority in your jurisdiction, and that you are either an individual acting on your own behalf, or the authorized agent of another individual or business. Your use of the Services as an authorized agent shall not relieve you of personal responsibility for your use of the Services. The rights granted to you by these Terms may be revoked by DistroKid at any time, in its sole discretion.
When you download the Application under these Terms you are granted a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the Services on a computer, tablet or mobile device that you own or control. If you have accessed or downloaded the Application from any “app” store or distribution platform, such as the Apple App Store or Google Play (“App Provider”), you acknowledge and agree that: (i) these Terms and the license granted herein are between you and us only and we are solely responsible for the Application; (ii) the App Provider has no obligation to furnish any maintenance and support services for the Application; (iii) the App Provider is not responsible for addressing any claims you have or any claims of any third party relating to the Application or your possession and use of the Application; (iv) the App Provider, and its subsidiaries, are third party beneficiaries of these Terms as related to your license of the Application, and that, the App Provider will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce these Terms as related to your license of the Application against you as a third party beneficiary thereof; and (v) you will comply with all applicable third party terms of service when using the Application, including any applicable App Provider terms of service. The Application may automatically download and install updates from time to time. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the Application and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and new versions.
Registration and Accounts
In order to use certain features of the Services, you may be required to register for an account (“Account”) with us and provide certain information about yourself as prompted by the Account registration form. You represent and warrant that all required registration information you submit is truthful and accurate, and that you will maintain the accuracy of such information. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Account login information and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your Account. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use, or suspected unauthorized use of your Account or any other breach of security. We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from unauthorized access to your Account or your failure to comply with the above requirements.
We may also charge fees for your access and use of certain features of the Services. All such fees will be determined by DistroKid in its sole discretion and may be subject to change without notice to you. The payment of all required fees must be made using a valid credit card on account with us. We currently accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express, but reserve the right to add or change acceptable payment methods from time to time. You expressly authorize DistroKid to charge the applicable amount of any required fees, plus any applicable taxes, to the payment method you provided. Any refunds are in Distrokid's sole discretion. If at any time we are unable to charge the relevant fees from the payment method you provided we may suspend your access to the Services.
User Content and Activity
The features and functionality of the Services may allow users to submit, upload, store and/or share reviews, comments, questions, messages, audio recordings, musical compositions, images, artwork, photographs, audio-visual content, text and other content, information or materials (“User Content”) directly through the Services, and users shall be able to share such User Content using the features made available by the Services from time to time. The functionality of the Services may allow registered users to make certain User Content publicly available for other users (registered or unregistered) to view, listen to and share. Other features of the Services may enable users to privately submit and share messages between users or to upload files to store and share for private use. The foregoing activities described in this paragraph are sometimes collectively referred to herein as “User Activity”.
You are solely responsible for the User Content you submit through the Services as well as your User Activity generally. You agree that, through our Services and at your direction, we are only acting as a passive conduit for your online distribution, storage, publication and/or other exploitation of your User Content. Between you and DistroKid, DistroKid does not claim any ownership rights with respect to your User Content. By uploading, publishing, modifying, displaying or otherwise submitting User Content to any part of the Services (excluding Direct Messages and/or content uploaded through Instant Share), you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to us, as well as to other users of the Services, a non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display, communicate to the public, stream, listen to, make available, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part), transmit, re-post and distribute such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Services.
With respect to the use of Direct Messages and/or Instant Share, for the sole purpose of operating and enabling these portions of the Services, you additionally grant to us a non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use, host, store, search, scan and to share at your direction such Direct Messages and/or User Content, until you delete same from the applicable Services or until the Direct Messages and/or User Content are otherwise permanently removed.
Accordingly you represent, warrant and agree that: (a) you have the right to agree to these Terms; (b) all of your User Content is original with you, in the public domain throughout the world or used by you with the express consents, permissions or licenses necessary from the original owner(s) of such materials for use by you and us pursuant to these Terms; (c) your User Content does not and will not violate third-party rights of any kind, including without limitation any Intellectual Property Rights (as defined below) or rights of publicity and privacy; (d) DistroKid shall not be responsible for payments or any other liability to any third party in connection with the use of your User Content on the Site, Application, Services or otherwise in connection with these Terms; and (e) none of your User Content or Direct Messages contain material which is unlawful, harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, defamatory, invasive of personal privacy or publicity rights, harassing, humiliating to other people (publicly or otherwise), libelous, threatening, profane, otherwise objectionable or content that may be deemed to constitute “hate speech”
DistroKid reserves the right to reject and/or remove any User Content, Direct Messages or other content that DistroKid believes, in its sole discretion, violates these provisions. DistroKid takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content and/or Direct Messages that you or any other users or third parties post, use, store or share through the Services. You understand and agree that any loss or damage of any kind that occurs as a result of the use of any User Content or Direct Messages that you send, upload, download, stream, post, transmit, display, or otherwise make available or access through your use of the Services, is solely your responsibility. DistroKid is not responsible for any public display or misuse of your User Content. You understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree that DistroKid shall not be liable for any damages you allege to incur as a result of such User Content.
For the purposes of these Terms, “Intellectual Property Rights” means all patent rights, copyright rights, mask work rights, moral rights, rights of publicity, trademark, trade dress and service mark rights, goodwill, trade secret rights and other intellectual property rights as may now exist or hereafter come into existence, and all applications therefore and registrations, renewals and extensions thereof, under the laws of any state, country, territory or other jurisdiction.
You agree not to submit User Content and/or Direct Messages, or otherwise take part in User Activity that:
• may create a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or physical or mental illness to you, to any other person, or other third party;
• may create a risk of any other loss or damage to any person or property;
• seeks to harm or exploit children by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable details or otherwise;
• may constitute or contribute to a crime or tort;
• contains any information or content that we deem to be unlawful, harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, defamatory, infringing, invasive of personal privacy or publicity rights, harassing, humiliating to other people (publicly or otherwise), libelous, threatening, profane, otherwise objectionable or content that may be deemed to constitute “hate speech”
• contains any information or content that is illegal (including, without limitation, the disclosure of insider information under securities law or of another party's trade secrets);
• contains any information or content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; or
• contains any information or content that you know is not correct and current.
In addition to the restrictions listed above, you may not:
• rent, transfer, assign, resell or sublicense access to the Services to any third-party;
• combine or integrate the Services with hardware, software or other technology or materials not provided by us;
• modify or create any derivative product based on or the Services;
• decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to obtain or perceive the source code from which any component of the Services is compiled or interpreted, and nothing in these Terms should be interpreted as granting you any right to obtain or use source code;
• use the Services to: (a) violate any local, state, national or international law; (b) stalk, harass or harm another individual; (c) collect or store personal data about other users; (d) impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; or (e) interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services;
• use any high volume, automated, or electronic means to access the Services (including, without limitation, robots, spiders or scripts); or
• frame the Services, place pop-up windows over its pages, or otherwise affect the display of its pages, without our prior written consent.
Except as expressly stated herein, no part of the Services may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted or transmitted in any form or by any means. Any future release, update, or other addition to functionality of the Services shall be subject to these Terms
As between you and us, we retain all right, title and interest in and to the Services, and all related intellectual property rights. All rights in and to the Services not expressly granted herein are reserved. You may not copy, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, digitally perform (in the case of sound recordings), or create derivative works from any copyrighted work made available or accessible via the Services. All trademarks, logos and service marks (“Marks”) displayed on the Services are either our property, or the property of third parties. You are not permitted to use these Marks without our prior written consent, or the consent of such third party owner of the Mark(s) if not owned by DistroKid.
Using Instant Share
Instant Share allows you to share User Content with third parties by uploading your chosen User Content to the Instant Share service which will then make a download link available to you to distribute your User Content (“Download Link”). Uploaded User Content will be stored on Instant Share's servers for a limited period of time after which the available download will expire, and the corresponding User Content will be permanently deleted from our servers. Currently, use of the Instant Share services does not require Account registration or payment, however, we reserve the right to change such policies in our sole discretion. We do not control the use of Download Links and you are and shall remain solely responsible for the User Content that you upload and share. You are solely responsible for sharing your Download Links with your intended recipients, and you further acknowledge that the Download Links are not password protected or encrypted and may be forwarded to and accessed by any recipient (intended or otherwise), and DistroKid disclaims all liability in connection with same, and as otherwise provided in these Terms.
We respect the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that any content on our Services infringes upon your copyright or the copyright of someone you represent, please send an e-mail or other written notice to our Designated Copyright Agent using the contact information provided below (each, a “Notice”). All Notices should meet the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3) and include the following information:
(a) an electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
(b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
(c) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Services, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
(d) your address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
(e) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
(f) a statement by you, under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
Our designated Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement is:
34 Third Ave #183
New York, NY 10003
Email: [email protected]
In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, DistroKid has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and in DistroKid's sole discretion, users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. For the avoidance of doubt, the foregoing sentence in no way limits DistroKid's right to limit access to the Services and/or terminate the Accounts of any users for any reason, in DistroKid's sole discretion, including, without limitation, in the case of users who infringe, or allegedly infringe, any Intellectual Property Rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
Please be advised that pursuant to federal law you may be held liable for damages if you make material misrepresentations in a Notice. Thus, if you are not sure that material located on or linked to by the infringes your copyright, you should consider first contacting an attorney.
Links to Third-Party Websites or Services
You may be able to access websites, content, products or services provided by third parties through links that are made available on the through the Services (“Third Party Services”). For example, we may include links to various digital music services. If you elect to use such Third Party Services, you understand that your use of them will be subject to any terms and conditions required by the applicable third parties. You understand that DistroKid is not the provider of, and (to the maximum extent legally permitted) is not responsible for, any such Third Party Services or any transactions or use thereof. Where the Services include any links to Third Party Services, this does not imply any endorsement by us of the goods, services or materials available on such Third Party Services.
Hold Harmless and Limited Liability
You agree to use the Services at your own sole risk, and agree to hold harmless DistroKid and its licensors and/or any of our or their respective successors and assigns from any and all liability, harm, damages, costs (including attorney's fees and legal and court costs), expenses, allegations, claims and legal action of any kind at any time or of any sort that may arise from your use of the Services, any violation of these Terms or of applicable law, or any third party claim of infringement of any Intellectual Property Rights, or any other right, arising from the hosting, making available or any other use of your User Content on the Services. Your agreement to these Terms shall permanently and wholly bar you from any legal action of any sort towards DistroKid for the use of the Services or any resultant effects of any sort, shape, kind or type, including any statutory and/or tort actions, specifically inclusive of any legal, action of any type, kind, or sort.
ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT AND MATERIALS PROVIDED VIA THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS.” WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE OR PURPOSE, OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, CONDITION, GUARANTY, OR REPRESENTATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE ACCURACY, TIMELINESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIALS PROVIDED VIA THE SERVICES. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE CONTINUOUS, UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE OR SECURE. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. NEITHER DISTROKID NOR ANY OF OUR SHAREHOLDERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS, LICENSORS OR ASSIGNS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES OR LOSSES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SERVICES OR ANY OF THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS PROVIDED ON THE SERVICES, OR ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, OR DELAYS IN PERFORMANCE, REGARDLESS OF THE CLAIM AS TO THE NATURE OF THE CAUSE OF ACTION, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE OR LOSS. OUR AGGREGATE LIABILITY, AND THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF OUR LICENSORS, TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS LIMITED TO $100. THE FOREGOING IS APPLICABLE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
We may change these Terms from time to time, and expect to do so as we evolve and expand the Services. Any such changes will become effective immediately upon your assent thereto. Continuing use of the Services after changes to the Terms have been posted shall be deemed assent to the changes. If you object to any such changes, your sole recourse will be to cease using the Services. Continued use of the Services following posting of any such changes will indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and your agreement to be bound by the revised Terms, inclusive of such changes.
You represent and warrant to DistroKid that you (a) are not designated on any sanctions- or export- related list of restricted or blocked persons, including designation on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control's (“OFAC”) List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, (b) are not located in, organized under the laws of, or resident in any country or territory that is itself the subject of any economic or financial sanctions by any U.S. or other relevant governmental authority, including, but not limited to, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela and the Crimea Region of Ukraine, (c) are not greater than 50% owned or controlled by any persons described in clause (a) or (b) (collectively with (a) and (b), a “Restricted Person”), (d) will not violate or cause DistroKid to violate any economic sanctions, including those administered by OFAC, in connection with the Services, and (e) will notify DistroKid immediately of any breach of the terms described in clauses (a) through (d).