Terms and conditions of use

The musicafrica.co.za website, the digitalmusicafrica.com website, the Music Africa Dashboard located at dashboard.digitalmusicafrica.com, our Android app and/or our iOS app will hereto be referred to as the “Music Africa Media”.

Any person accessing the Music Africa Media, (the “user”) is subject to, and agrees to, the terms and conditions set out in this legal notice. If the user does not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, the user may not access, display, use, download and/or otherwise copy or distribute content obtained on Music Africa Media.

  1. Usage and copyright
    1. Users may view, download to a local drive, print and distribute the content of the Music Africa Media, or any part thereof only for non-commercial informational or reference purposes.
    2. Users who wish to use content from Music Africa Media for commercial purposes may only do so with the prior written permission obtained from the owners of Music Africa. Any reproduction and/or copy of the content on Music Africa Media.
    3. or portion thereof for commercial purposes must include this copyright notice in its entirety: © MUSIC AFRICA: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
    4. All moral and any other rights of Music Africa or other legal entity in respect of which content is contained on this site not expressly granted are reserved.
  2. Intellectual property rights
    All content, data and trademarks, including, but not limited to, software, technology, databases, know-how, text, graphics, icons, hyperlinks, private information, designs, program, publications, products, processed, or ideas described in Music Africa Media may be the subject of other rights, including other intellectual property rights, which are the property of or licensed to Music Africa, or a legal entity, and as such are protected from infringement by South African legislation and international treaties and conventions. Subject to the rights afforded to the user herein, all other rights to all intellectual property on Music Africa Media are expressly reserved. By accessing data on Music Africa Media the user is not licensed or authorised.
  3. Disclaimer
    1. The information on Music Africa Media is intended to provide general information on a particular subject or subjects and is not an exhaustive treatment of such subject(s).
    2. It is the sole responsibility of the user to satisfy itself prior to accessing Music Africa Media that it will meet the user’s individual requirements and be compatible with the user’s hardware and/or software. Information, ideas and opinions expressed on this site should not be regarded as professional advice or the official opinion of Music Africa or any legal entity in respect of which information, ideas and opinions are expressed on Music Africa Media. Users are encouraged to consult professional advice before taking any course of action related to information, ideas or opinions expressed on this site.
    3. Music Africa makes no representations or warranties, implied or otherwise, that, among others, the content and technology available from this site are free from errors or omissions, that the service will be 100% uninterrupted and error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. This site is provided ‘as is’. Music Africa expressly disclaims all implied warranties, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, title, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security, and accuracy. It makes no express or implied representations or warranties regarding the content of Music Africa Media and that it has been compiled or supplied to meet the user’s individual requirements. Users are encouraged to report any possible errors, malfunctions or offensive material by using the ‘feedback’ link.
    4. The use of the content of Music Africa Media is at the user’s own risk. The user assumes full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from the use of the content of this site. Music Africa or any of the legal entities in respect of which information are contained on this site, or employees of Music Africa or such entity, will not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages or any other damages whatsoever, whether in an action of contract, statute, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), or otherwise, relating to the use of this document or information. If any of the foregoing is not fully enforceable for any reason, the remainder shall nonetheless continue to apply. Subject to sections 43(5) and 43(6) of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (Act 25 of 2002), Music Africa shall not be liable for any damage, loss or liability of whatsoever nature arising from the use or inability to use Music Africa Media or the services or content provided from and through Music Africa Media.
    5. Certain links in the web server lead to resources maintained by third parties over whom Music Africa has no control. Music Africa makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of, or any other aspect relating to, those resources.
    6. The provisions of Part 2 of Chapter III of the Electronic Communications and Transactions, 2002 is hereby excluded from applying to any electronic communications and data messages that a user sends to Music Africa via Music Africa Media. Any communications or data message that a user sends to Music Africa will be regarded having been received by Music Africa when receipt is acknowledged in writing. If the user does not receive a response within a reasonable period of time, the user should follow it up with Music Africa. Music Africa shall not be liable for any failure to respond.
    7. If a user requires any information from Music Africa regarding its services or the content of Music Africa Media, the ‘feedback’ link could be used.
  4. Security
    1. Protection
      Music Africa has in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all information provided by users from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. All reasonable steps will be taken to secure a user’s information. Authorised employees, who are responsible for the maintenance of any sensitive data submitted, are required to maintain the confidentiality of such data. The policy applies to all employees of Music Africa or public bodies that may receive such information from Music Africa. It is expressly prohibited for any person, business or entity to gain or attempt to gain unauthorised access to any page on Music Africa Media, or to deliver or attempt to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to Music Africa Media. If a person delivers or attempts to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to Music Africa Media or attempts to gain unauthorised access to any page on Music Africa Media, a criminal charge will be laid against that person, and, if Music Africa or any public body should suffer any damage or loss, civil damages will be claimed.
    2. Linkage and framing
      We welcome third-party websites to link to the information that is hosted on these pages.
      It is expressly prohibited for any person, business, entity or website to frame any page on Music Africa Media, including the home page, in any way whatsoever, without prior written approval of Music Africa.
    3. Links to third-party websites
      Music Africa may provide links to other websites only as a convenience. The inclusion of any link does not imply Music Africa’s endorsement of such sites. Linked websites or pages are not subject to the control of Music Africa. Music Africa is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for the content, use, or inability to use or access any linked websites or any links contained in a linked website.
  5. Privacy
    1. Introduction
      The privacy statement applies to Music Africa and any legal entity, which control, verify or make use of information that may be collected via this site.A user may visit this site without providing any personal information. A user, however, agrees to the use of such data in accordance with this privacy statement. Please note that this site may contain links to other sites which are not being governed by this privacy statement.If a user has any questions or concerns regarding this privacy statement or the user’s privacy while using Music Africa Media, the ‘feedback’ link could be used.
    2. Cookies
      Music Africa may use cookies (small text files stored in a user’s browser) or web beacons (electronic images that allow Music Africa Media to count users who have accessed a particular page and to access certain cookies) to ensure that Music Africa Media is well managed and to facilitate improvement of the site. Music Africa or its service-provider(s) may use cookies to collect aggregate data. Music Africa may use such devices from time to time to track information on its systems and identify categories of users by items such as IP addresses, domains, browser types and pages visited. The web administrator uses the information to analyse the number of users of different areas of the site and to ensure that this site is serving as a useful and effective information source.Neither cookies nor web beacons collect personal information such as the user’s name or e-mail address. A user may reject cookies as most browsers permit individuals to decline cookies. Under certain circumstances, users may be denied access to some parts of Music Africa Media if their browsers are set to decline cookies.
    3. Personal information use
      Personal information is used only for limited purposes e.g. when a user registers with Music Africa Media to request future communications about GCIS’s areas of interest. The DoC may use this information to create a personal profile to customise its response to further requests or enquiries and to improve Music Africa Media. When a user chooses to register online for a GCIS-hosted event, the DoC will use the information the user submit to respond to the user. In addition, the web administrator may, when necessary, use a user’s information for various site-related tasks. Music Africa will ensure that any marketing activities comply with applicable law and that it is implemented with procedures to obtain the necessary consent before sending the user’s e-mail containing information about Music Africa’s services. The user may at any time request that GCIS discontinues sending such material to the user by using the ‘feedback’ or ‘unsubscribe’ link.
    4. Disclosure to third parties
      Although Music Africa may provide users’ information to service-providers that handle information on its behalf, it will usually not share the information with third parties or other public entities for secondary or unrelated purposes unless otherwise disclosed at the point of collection.Personal information may be transmitted internationally through Music Africa or to third parties for the purposes identified above. This will not include transfer to countries without data protection rules similar to those in effect in the user’s country of residence. By providing information to Music Africa through Music Africa Media, the user is consenting to such transfers.Where appropriate, personal information may be disclosed to law enforcement, regulatory or other government agencies, or third parties where necessary or desirable to comply with legal or regulatory obligations or requests or for the purposes identified above.
    5. Access to personal information
      If personal information has been submitted to Music Africa Media, users who wish to review their personal information may do so by requesting such a review through the ‘feedback’ link. Users will then be able to access their user profile, correct and update their details, or unsubscribe at any time. Users who have any problem accessing their profiles, or would like to request a copy of their personal information should contact the web administrator using the feedback link. In all cases GCIS will treat requests to access information or change information in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
    6. No agreement
      Nothing contained herein creates or is intended to create a contract or agreement between Music Africa and any user visiting Music Africa Media.
    7. Children’s privacy protection
      Music Africa recognises the importance of protecting children’s privacy in the interactive online world.
  6. Severability
    These terms and conditions of use constitute the entire professional or other relationship between Music Africa and the user of Music Africa Media. Any failure by Music Africa to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these terms and conditions of use shall in no way constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term or condition of the use of Music Africa Media is not fully enforceable or valid for any reason, such term(s) or condition(s) shall be severable from the remaining terms and conditions. The remaining terms and conditions shall not be affected by such such unenforceability or invalidity and shall remain enforceable and applicable.
  7. Updating of these terms and conditions
    Music Africa reserves the right to change, modifies, add to or remove from portions or the whole of these terms and conditions of use from time to time. Changes to these terms and conditions of use will take effect upon such changes being posted to Music Africa Media. It is the user’s obligation to periodically check these terms and conditions of use at Music Africa Media for changes or updates. The user’s continued use of Music Africa Media  following the posting of changes or updates will be considered notice of the user’s acceptance to abide by and be bound by these terms and conditions of use, including such changes or updates.
  8. Information about Music Africa Media and owner
    The full name and legal status of Music Africa Media owner is:DVD Africa CC (also Music Africa (Pty) Ltd), trading as Music Africa.

    • musicafrica co.za
    • digitalmusicafrica.com
    • Music Africa Dashboard located at dashboard.digitalmusicafrica.com,
    • Android app
    • iOS app

    Street address:

    63 Hill Str
    Ferndale
    Johannesburg
    2194

    E-mail: support@digitalmusicafrica.com

 

Distribution Agreement

Music Africa Distribution Agreement

As of October 1, 2020.

This Distribution Agreement and Terms of Service (“Agreement“) is a binding legal agreement between you and Tangou Consultancy FZE, a UAE based company which owns the rights to Music Africa Distribution platform musicafrica.co.za, digitalmusicafrica.com, dashboard.digitalmusicafrica.com (hereafter referred as “Music Africa” 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 Music Africa 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 Music Africa 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”).

Music Africa 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 Music Africa 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 Music Africa RECEIVES NOTICE THAT THE APPROPRIATE LICENSES HAVE BEEN CLEARED.

  1. THE Music Africa “SERVICE” TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    1. The Music Africa 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”).
    2. 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.
    3. 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 Music Africa reserves the right to convert audio files of the Recordings as necessary.
    4. 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.
    5. We will automatically generate unique identifying codes for each Recording and provide them to your chosen Digital Stores.
    6. 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
    1. The rights granted by you to Music Africa are non-exclusive. Be advised, however, that if you send your Recording(s) to the same Digital Stores via Music Africa and a separate service, the double listing of your Recordings may cause complications and/or problems in those Digital Stores.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 Music Africa.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. By opting into a Digital Store, you warrant to Music Africa 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
    1. 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.
    2. 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 Music Africa 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 Music Africa’s sole discretion. In addition, if you owe any fees or other amounts to Music Africa, we may deduct or set-off such amounts from any current or future payments to you, in addition to our other rights and remedies.
  4. TERM
    1. 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.
    2. 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 Music Africa site.
    3. Music Africa 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 Music Africa 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.
    4. 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
    1. 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 Music Africa’s sites/services or digital platforms, including, without limitation, its third party hosting sites (collectively, “Music Africa 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:
      1. 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;
      2. 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 Music Africa Sites or via the Digital Stores;
      3. authorize third-party partners and/or licensees of Music Africa, 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 Music Africa 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.
      4. 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 Music Africa 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.
      5. 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
      6. 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 Music Africa licensors.
    2. 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.
    3. Additionally, and in no way limiting any rights granted by you herein above, you hereby grant to Music Africa a direct license to publicly perform your Recordings (including the Compositions) on the Music Africa 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
    1. 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 Music Africa 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 Music Africa 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.
    2. Without limiting anything in this Agreement, you are solely responsible for and shall timely pay
      1. 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,
      2. 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,
      3. all payments that may be required under union, guild or other collective bargaining agreements applicable to you or third parties, and
      4. 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 Music Africa 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 Music Africa 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
    1. In full consideration of the rights and licenses granted hereunder, we will post to your Music Africa account the agreed % 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
      1. any applicable PayPal fees or other payment processing fees and
      2. if you have opted-into and registered for different participants, the applicable royalties shall be paid to such songwriters, publishers or other participants andOnce 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 Music Africa, or from Music Africa 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.
    2. 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 Music Africa. 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. Music Africa 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.
    3. Music Africa makes payments via PayPal and various other methods and may deduct fees incurred by Music Africa in remitting payment. Unless you use PayPal, you MUST BE APPROVED BY Music Africa FOR ALL OTHER PAYMENT METHODS BEFORE RECEIVING PAYMENT FROM Music Africa. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE YOUR PAYMENT METHOD IS FUNCTIONAL. During the Term, we may change or add additional payment methods. Music Africa also communicates with you via email so YOU ALSO MUST PROVIDE Music Africa WITH AN ACTIVE EMAIL ACCOUNT TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT NOTICES FROM Music Africa, and you are responsible for making sure the email account is active, able to receive emails from Music Africa, and that your email address on file with Music Africa is up-to-date.
    4. After we receive a payment for you from a Digital Store, we will notify you via your Music Africa account dashboard. You must then affirmatively accept and withdraw the payment from your Music Africa 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 accountholder, or any paid accountholders you’ve specified in your dashboard.
    5. We do not offer advance payments against royalties
    6. 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.
    7. 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
    1. You represent and warrant to Music Africa that:
    2. you are at least 18 years of age and have the legal capacity, right and authority to enter into this Agreement;
    3. 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 Music Africa, 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;
    4. 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;
    5. your Recordings and Materials do not and will not, and the authorized use thereof by Music Africa, 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;
    6. 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.
    7. 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
    8. 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;
    9. you will make, and Music Africa will not be responsible for, any payments other than those specified in paragraph 7.a above in connection with the Recordings and Materials.
    10. you will use the Site and Service only in accordance with this Agreement and not for any fraudulent, infringing or inappropriate purposes or engage in objectionable activities; For purposes hereof, “Objectionable Activities”  means facilitating or conducting illegal activity, discrimination and/or violence; depicting sexually explicit images; incorporating any materials that infringe (or that are primarily designed to assist others to infringe) on any intellectual property rights; engaging in the endorsement of political positions/ candidates, sale or advertisement of tobacco, firearms, personal hygiene products, pornography, religious causes or any other subject matter which Music Africa deems in its sole reasonable discretion to be objectionable taking into consideration the social and cultural norms of certain jurisdictions concerned.
    11. any sale, assignment, transfer, mortgage or other grant of rights in or to your interest in any of the Recordings or Materials shall be subject to our rights hereunder and the terms and conditions hereof.
    12. there is no existing agreement, and you will not enter into any agreement or perform any act, which materially interferes or is inconsistent with the rights granted to us hereunder.
    13. you covenant and agree not make any claim or bring any legal action related to this Agreement, against any Digital Store or UGC Service so long as such entities are not in violation of the rights you have granted to Music Africa hereunder; and
    14. you have read and understand this Agreement and have had the opportunity to consult with independent legal counsel in connection with them. You shall indemnify and hold harmless, and upon our request, defend, Music Africa and our affiliates, sublicensees (including your selected Digital Stores and their Customers), successors and assigns, and the respective directors, officers, shareholders, members, managers, employees, agents and representatives of the foregoing, from and against any and all claims, suits, proceedings, disputes, controversies, losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) resulting from:
      1. a breach or alleged breach of any of your warranties, representations, covenants or obligations under this Agreement;
      2. any claim that the Recordings, Materials, data or information provided or authorized by you or on your behalf hereunder or the use thereof by Music Africa, a Digital Store, or an ID Service (if applicable) violates or infringes the rights of another party; or
      3. any other act or omission by you or any of your licensors, agents or representatives. You will promptly reimburse Music Africa and any other indemnified parties on demand for any amounts subject to indemnification. We shall notify you of any such claim and shall control the defense thereof, though you may participate in such defense at your own expense. You may not settle any claim for which we may be liable without our prior written consent, which we will not withhold unreasonably. If any facts, claims, proceedings or other circumstances arise that would be subject to indemnification, then Music Africa, in addition to any other right or remedy, shall have the right to withhold from any payments otherwise due to you an amount reasonably related thereto until the claim, proceeding or circumstance has been finally resolved, settled or fully adjudicated and the judgment satisfied, or that the statute of limitations on such claim has run, or when you have provided reasonable and adequate security for the claim. Music Africa reserves the right to charge you (or deduct from monies payable to you) for any legal fees incurred by Music Africa as a result of your violation of this Agreement.
  1. NO WARRANTIES; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

    THE SITE AND SERVICE ARE OFFERED AND PROVIDED TO YOU AS-IS. Music Africa MAKES NO GUARANTEES, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION AS TO THE AMOUNT OF INCOME THAT MAY BE EARNED BY OR PAYABLE TO YOU HEREUNDER, OR AS TO THE CONDITION, QUALITY, CONTINUITY OF OPERATION, PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF OUR SITE OR SERVICE. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICE WILL BE CONTINUOUS, UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE OR SECURE. ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. ADDITIONALLY, IN CONNECTION WITH AUDIBLEMAGIC ©, Music Africa MAKES NO GUARANTEES, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THAT ALL MUSIC SERVICES AND STREAMING SERVICES WILL CROSS-REFERENCE THEIR MUSIC LIBRARIES AND UPLOADS WITH THE AUDIBLEMAGIC © DATABASE OR THAT OF ANY ID SERVICE, OR THAT SO-CALLED “FINGERPRINT” TECHNOLOGY WILL IDENTIFY ALL UNAUTHORIZED UPLOADS OF CONTENT ON ANY SERVICE OR PLATFORM.

    TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, NEITHER Music Africa NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES, OWNERS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES OR AGENTS WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOSS OF PROFITS, LOST SALES, LOSS OF DATA OR LOSS OF GOODWILL, FOR ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS OF DIGITAL STORES OR THEIR CUSTOMERS, ID SERVICES, OR FOR YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE SITE OR SERVICE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, EVEN IF A LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT WILL Music Africa’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED THE SUMS ACTUALLY DUE TO YOU IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 7.a ABOVE. THE LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN Music Africa AND YOU.

 

  1. MISCELLANEOUS

    1. This Agreement, together with the Privacy Policy applicable to our Site generally, contains the parties’ entire understanding and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous correspondence, agreements or understandings regarding the subject matter herein. We may amend the terms of this Agreement from time to time, in which case we will notify you by changing the date at the top of this Agreement (so please be sure to check back often) and/or via e-mail or by notice to your dashboard on the Site. You must terminate your account if you do not agree to the revised Agreement; your continued use of the Site or Service (including AUDIBLEMAGIC ©) will be deemed your acceptance.

    2. A party’s waiver of a breach of any provision of this Agreement by the other shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same provision or any other provision of this Agreement. If any provision hereof is found invalid or unenforceable pursuant to judicial decree or decision, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain valid and enforceable according to its terms, such determination shall not affect any other provision hereof, and the unenforceable provision shall be limited solely as necessary or replaced by an enforceable provision that most closely meets the commercial intent of the parties.

    3. Music Africa will not be liable for a curable breach of this Agreement unless you provide us with written notice specifying the alleged breach that we confirm receipt of, and we fail to cure such breach within ninety (90) days thereafter.

    4. We may direct all notices and communications to you via the email address or street address associated with your account and/or via your dashboard account on the Site. All notices to Music Africa shall be sent to us at support@digitalmusicafrica.com.

    5. You may not assign, transfer or delegate any of your rights or obligations hereunder without our prior written consent, and any purported attempt otherwise will be null and void ab initio. We may assign, delegate, pledge, encumber, sublicense and otherwise transfer, this Agreement and/or any or all of our rights and obligations in order to operate the Service and Site. This Agreement will be binding on and inure to the benefit of the parties and their respective assigns and successors in interest.

    6. We reserve the right to modify, discontinue or terminate the Service at any time and without prior notice. We are under no obligation to provide the Service continuously, or at all.

    7. The relationship between the parties is that of independent contractors. This Agreement shall not be deemed to create a partnership or joint venture, and neither party is the other’s agent, partner, employee, or representative.

    8. This Agreement shall be construed and enforced exclusively in accordance with the laws of United Arab Emirates, without regard to its conflict of laws principles. Any action or proceeding brought by either party against the other arising out of or related to this Agreement shall be brought only in a court of competent jurisdiction located in United Arab Emirates, and the parties irrevocably consent to the in personam jurisdiction and venue of said courts. You agree that service of process by us to you by one of the methods designated above for the giving of notices will be deemed effective as personal service, and hereby consent to service of process by such methods.