Terms and Conditions
Please note that by using this website you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set out below.
1.1 Rightsbridge offers a digital content distribution service (“the Service”). “Rightsbridge” is a trading name of Rightsbridge Ltd, a company registered in Scotland (Company Number SCXXXXXX) with the registered office at Unit 5.02, The Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road, Glasgow G4 9SS.
1.2 By using this Website, subscribing to Services and/or placing an Order you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set out below. If you do not agree to be bound by these terms and conditions below, please do not use or access this Website.
1.3 These terms and conditions constitute the entire terms and conditions upon which Rightsbridge provides the Service and upon which the Client agrees to contract for the use of the Service except where specifically varied by written agreement by Rightsbridge on its Order Confirmation. They supersede any written or oral representations, statements, understandings or agreements.
1.4 From time to time, it will be necessary to update the terms and conditions. In circumstances where these changes are significant, we will inform you via email or through notifications on the Rightsbridge dashboard. Should you wish to terminate your agreement with Rightsbridge at that time you can do so by contacting your Rightsbridge account manager.
1.5 We may also process your data for carefully considered purposes which enable us to enhance the service we provide. For the sake of clarity this refers to the processing of personal data such as names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, pseudonyms and IP addresses for the purposes of analysing how the site is used by Clients and for the distribution of emails relating to the Service.
In this Agreement:-
“Agreement” means these terms and conditions together with the Client’s Order as confirmed in Rightsbridge Ltd’s Order Confirmation.
“Client “means a client who is an individual, company, firm, corporation or public authority and anyone who generates intellectual property and who uses the Service.
“Band Representative” means the individual band member who is the contact point with Rightsbridge and whom will issue instructions on behalf of the Client.
“Release” means a collection of Recordings, Metadata and Artwork that the client must upload to allow Rightsbridge to distribute, as a Single, EP or Album.
“Recording” means an individual sound recording that appears on a Release.
“the Contract Price” means the price for the Service set out on the Website.
“the Website” means the Rightsbridge website operating under the domain name of www.Rightsbridge.com.
“Early Cancellation” means the Client requesting cancellation prior to the Point of Distribution. “Single” means a collection of one or two sound recordings.
“EP” means a collection of three, four or five sound recordings.
“Album” means a collection of six or more sound recordings.
“Order” means the Client’s instruction to Rightsbridge to proceed with the Service.
“Point of Confirmation” means the point when the Client has confirmed the details of their Order, including the Metadata for the Release.
“Point of Distribution “means the point when a Release has been approved by Rightsbridge and is ready for distribution.
“Mechanical Royalties” means the royalties due to publishers and/or songwriters on permanent downloads of Recordings.
“Order Confirmation” means the email acceptance sent by Rightsbridge following receipt of the Client’s Order.
“Intellectual Property” means any patent, invention, copyright, database right, registered or unregistered design, trademark (whether registered or unregistered), trade name, logo, trade secrets, know-how or other industrial or intellectual property right subsisting anywhere in the world, and applications for any of the foregoing, together with the goodwill thereon.
“Digital Service Provider” means the website(s) or app(s) where the Release will be available to the public including but not limited to iTunes and Spotify.
“Metadata” means specific type of information required by Rightsbridge to allow them to deliver the Service(s).
“Approved Image” means the likeness or photo of the artist or band that they have approved the use of to market and promote the Recording.
“Rightsbridge Client Service Policy” means the open policy allowing Clients to contact Rightsbridge by telephone on +44(0)141 416 1735, email or click the chat button in order to seek further advice or assistance on an as and when available basis.
“Rightsbridge Refer and Earn Services” means the incentive offered by Rightsbridge to reward referrals passed to Rightsbridge by the Client resulting in a New Client for Rightsbridge.
“New Client” means a referred Client who contracts with Rightsbridge and has passed the Point of Distribution.
“Artwork” means the artwork required to be displayed by Digital Service Providers.
“Writing” includes any written paper document, any fax and any email correspondence.
“Working Day “means within the hours of 10.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday only, not including weekends, bank or statutory holidays.
“Email Updates” means emails sent for the purpose of informing Clients of changes in their royalty balance, changes to the Rightsbridge service or news and developments relevant to the company and its partners.
“Personal Information” or “Personal Data” means any information relating to an individual that allows the person to be identified directly or indirectly. For the sake of clarity this information includes, names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, pseudonyms and IP addresses as examples.
2. Service Provision
2.1 Rightsbridge will provide an Order Confirmation for all orders placed but reserves the right to accept or reject any Order at its sole discretion.
2.2 Rightsbridge will use all reasonable endeavours to provide the Service as described on the Website.
2.3 Rightsbridge may at any time amend the Service for any reason including, but not limited to, technical, legal or business reasons.
2.4 Rightsbridge encourages any interested or potential Clients to make contact with Rightsbridge if a further explanation of the web service is required. We are contactable on [email protected] or by telephone +44(0)141 416 1735.
2.5 Rightsbridge reserve the right to classify a Recording as explicit. Rightsbridge will be the sole arbiter with regards to this issue.
2.6 Rightsbridge will also provide Email Updates to the Rightsbridge community offering our Clients information regarding changes in their accounts royalties balance and additional offers and services provided by Rightsbridge and its partner organisations. Should you (the Client) wish to stop receiving these emails you can unsubscribe from the messages by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of any Email Update or by updating your communication preferences through the ‘My Account’ section on the Rightsbridge dashboard.
3. Your Intellectual Property Rights
3.1 All Intellectual Property Rights to the Release are owned by the Client. All intellectual property rights arising out of this Agreement shall vest in the Client. The Client grants Rightsbridge a non-exclusive licence to use that intellectual property for the purposes envisaged by the Agreement (including a non-exclusive right to use the Artwork and Client’s name, Approved Image and approved biographical information in connection there with).
3.2 The Client grants Rightsbridge the non-exclusive licence to grant Digital Service Providers permission to copy, issue copies, publish, rent, lend, distribute, perform, show, play, communicate, broadcast, adapt, alter, modify, sell and licence their intellectual property in line with delivering the Service.
3.3 The Client also grants Rightsbridge and the relevant Digital Service Providers the right to include the Client’s Intellectual Property within endorsed playlists and in branded on-demand services.
3.4 The Client recognises that not all recording related income generated through the activity is collected by Rightsbridge and that some royalties relating to phonographic performance rights (or neighbouring rights as they are sometimes known) are administered and collected by territory specific societies such as PPLUK (the United Kingdom) or Sound Exchange (the United States). Details relating to the income streams and rates related to each Digital Service Provider can be found through the Rightsbridge dashboard.
4.1 You agree to the following:-
4.1.1 that you are aged 18 or over and are have the legal capacity to enter into this contract;
4.1.2 that you understand, acknowledge and accept the exclusion of liability and disclaimer provisions contained in the following;
4.1.3 that you will only view the Information on the Website for your own private purpose and will not publish, reproduce, store or retransmit any of the information contained in the Website at any time.
4.1.4 that you shall not use the Information for any unlawful purpose or in any unlawful manner;
4.1.5 that you shall not use the Website or the Information in any manner which may constitute an infringement of any third-party rights (including but not limited to rights of copyright, trademark or confidentiality);
4.1.6 that you shall not run any tools on the Website that systematically retrieve web pages for offline or online viewing; whether it be for personal, commercial, experimental, educational or any other use;
4.1.7 that all intellectual property rights (including without limitation copyright, trademarks and all other rights) whatsoever in the Information and the Website shall remain vested in Rightsbridge at all times;
4.1.8 that you will indemnify and keep indemnified Rightsbridge against all claims, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses including legal fees arising out of any misuse of the Information or the Website or breach of your obligations under this agreement.
5. Client Obligations
5.1 No Agreement in respect of any Services shall exist between us and you until your Order has been accepted by us by means of an Order Confirmation (whether or not funds have been deducted from your account). If we do not accept your Order and funds have already been deducted, these will be fully refunded.
5.2 Orders must be submitted electronically via the Website. To do so, you will be required to follow the online process. When doing so, you will be required to register with us and complete certain required fields on a form and create an account. This may include the provision of Personal Information such as your identification details and password(s). You agree that you will be responsible for ensuring that such security information is kept secure and confidential at all times. You must inform us immediately if you become aware of or suspect any unauthorised use of these security details or if they become available to an unauthorised party.
5.3 By registering, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current, accurate and complete. Rightsbridge reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all registers.
5.4 The Client is responsible for the quality of the content. Content must be declared as Explicit where appropriate and failure to do so may lead to the Release being rejected by the Digital Service Provider.
5.5 The Client shall pay the charges for the Service in accordance with clauses 7 and 8 below.
5.6 The Client will be responsible for obtaining and holding all consents, licences, permits and other similar instruments applicable to material it supplies to Rightsbridge for incorporation into the Work, including without limitation copyrights, trademarks, logos, patents and all such similar instruments.
5.7 The Client will be responsible for payment of Mechanical Royalties on sales from certain territories including but not limited to Mexico (for downloads up to and including December 2017), USA, Canada, Pakistan and India. Rightsbridge will use best endeavours to assist Client in assessing their Mechanical Royalties liability.
5.8 The Client warrants and represents to Rightsbridge that any element of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks or other material supplied to Rightsbridge for inclusion in the Work are owned by the client, or that the client has permission from the rightful owner to use each of these elements and that Rightsbridge use of such material shall not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.
5.9 Without prejudice to its rights in terms of Clause 10 hereof, Rightsbridge is entitled to suspend or terminate the client’s use of the Service if the client fails to comply with any of its obligations under clauses 4, 5 or 6 herein.
5.10 The Client is responsible for providing a satisfactory level of cooperation and for providing all necessary Information and access to enable Rightsbridge to deliver a quality service including;
5.10.1 provision of the correct Metadata, Artwork, Approved Image and Recording(s) to allow Rightsbridge to distribute the Release.
5.10.2 nominating the Digital Service Provider(s) they want the Release to be made available through.
5.10.3 choosing additional Services for example chart registration.
5.11 The Client is responsible for revision of content including checking of grammar and spelling mistakes or content incorrectly worded or phrased.
5.12 The Client is responsible for gaining permission to use Intellectual Property not owned by the Client. Rightsbridge takes no responsibility for such undertakings.
5.13 The Client is also responsible for calculating and paying their own royalty related VAT. The VAT is applicable to the royalties as described in clause 9.
5.14 Rightsbridge Refer and Earn Services are subject to additional terms and conditions including;
5.14.1 Where the Client has participated in the Rightsbridge Refer and Earn Services, the Client will only receive the reward when the referred party has contracted with Rightsbridge, paid in full and progressed to the Point of Distribution.
5.14.2 the Client will receive the reward within 14 days subject to clause 5.14.1.
6.1 Should the Client require a change in the nature, scope or timing of the Service or in or any other aspect of this Agreement, such change shall be requested in writing. Rightsbridge shall advise the Client of the effects including any increase in the Service charges which may result and the Agreement shall be modified to reflect such changes including to the Service charge and/or duration which may be agreed.
7. Service Charges
7.1 Charges for the Service shall be based upon the client paying for the Service in advance.
7.2 The prices charged initially shall be those stated on the website and confirmed in the Order Confirmation provided to the Client.
7.3 No Service will commence until payment has been received.
7.4 Services will be commenced within one working day of receiving the payment.
7.5 With regards to payment for additional Services, Rightsbridge may deduct the amount chargeable from the surplus in the Client’s account subject to approval by the Client.
8. Payment of Service Charges
8.1 Prices include VAT which shall be charged at the prevailing rate.
8.2 With regard to payment, the payment is made through PayPal or Worldpay. The payment shall be paid in advance of Service commencement.
8.3 Without prejudice to the foregoing, all charges for Services are refundable in the event of Early Cancellation by the Client.
8.4 Services will only cover services originally agreed at the time of contract and further work is subject to quotation more fully described in the Order Confirmation.
8.5 The Client shall not be entitled by reason of any set-off, counter-claim, abatement, or other deduction to withhold payment of any amount due to Rightsbridge.
8.6 If you are late in making a payment under this Agreement for 30 consecutive days or more, we reserve the right to commence the debt recovery process and thereafter where applicable enter the small claims process or other legal action. You shall reimburse us on demand for all costs, expenses and losses associated therewith (including lost profit) or enter the small claims process to recover payments due if necessary.
9. Payment of Royalties to You
9.1 Rightsbridge shall account for and pay to the Client 100% of Rightsbridge receipts from usage of Recordings via the Digital Service Providers and Rightsbridge shall retain 0% of such receipts. Rightsbridge shall render to the Client statements via the Client’s user account on a best endeavours basis within 20 working days of receipt of statements and payment from each Digital Service Provider and Rightsbridge shall pay the Client all monies claimed by the Client via the Client’s user account within 10 working days of the Client requesting payment subject to sufficient funds being received by Rightsbridge from the Digital Services. If insufficient funds have been received by Rightsbridge from the Recordings then payment from Rightsbridge to the Client will occur once sufficient funds have been received by Rightsbridge from the Digital Service Provider. All amounts accounted by Rightsbridge to the Client will be inclusive of VAT where applicable. For the avoidance of doubt this means that if Client is required to pay VAT then the relevant VAT amount will be a deduction by Client from the amounts accounted to the Client by Rightsbridge, and Rightsbridge will not be liable to make any additional payment to the Client or HMRC in respect of VAT or otherwise. Payments from Rightsbridge to the Client made by bank transfer to a UK bank account shall be subject to a £1 (One Pound) administration charge. Payments from Rightsbridge to the Client made by bank transfer to a non-UK bank account will be subject to an administration charge to be communicated to and accepted by the Client before such payment takes place. No such administration charge shall be applied for payments made via PayPal. The Client may, only once and after the term has expired, review accountings received by Rightsbridge to confirm the accuracy of statements provided to the Client hereunder.
10.1 Rightsbridge shall be entitled to suspend the Service in accordance with clause 5.9.
10.2 Without prejudice to any other rights to which it may be entitled, Rightsbridge may terminate provision or use of the Service respectively with immediate effect if the Client commits any material breach of any of the terms of the Agreement and the breach remains un-remedied after thirty days of the Client being notified by Rightsbridge of the breach and of Rightsbridge intention to terminate unless the breach is remedied.
10.3 The Client can cancel at any time however if the Client requests Early Cancellation then Rightsbridge will refund the Contract Price in full. Rightsbridge offers no refund if cancellation is after the Point of Distribution, this issue is at the discretion of Rightsbridge.
10.4 Rightsbridge may terminate provision of the Service immediately if the Client becomes insolvent or put into liquidation or administration or otherwise ceases to carry on business.
10.5 Rightsbridge will not tolerate Clients being rude or offensive or otherwise abusing the Rightsbridge Service in any way and reserves the right to terminate the Service with immediate effect as a result of such behaviour (at Rightsbridge discretion). For the purpose of clarification we will consider artificial manipulation of streams or other methods of dishonestly trying to inflate earnings or cause harm to our Digital Service Provider partners as abuse of the Rightsbridge Service.
10.6 Rightsbridge reserve the right to terminate if the Client fails to adhere to any legal requirements or regulation.
10.7 Where the Client has contracted for our Services from Rightsbridge we will automatically continue to supply services on an ongoing basis unless otherwise instructed by you the Client.
10.8 In the event of termination of the Service by either Rightsbridge or the Client, any personal data relating to the Clients release history will be retained by Rightsbridge and will continue to be used and accessed when required. The Client can continue to access this information via their Rightsbridge artist’s account. Should the client wish for this information to be erased, they must submit a request for erasure of personal data, in writing via their Rightsbridge Account Manager or by emailing [email protected]
11. Warranty given by Rightsbridge Ltd.
11.1 Rightsbridge undertakes to use reasonable skill and care in providing the Service as described on the Website.
12. Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
12.1 The Client uses the Service at its own risk and in no event shall Rightsbridge be liable to the Client for any direct, consequential, incidental or special damage or loss of any kind (except personal injury or death resulting from Rightsbridge negligence) including, but not limited to, loss of profits, loss of contracts, change in Clients circumstances, business interruptions or the Client’s inability to use the Service, however caused and whether arising under contract or tort, including negligence or otherwise except as expressly provided herein.
12.2 If any exclusion, disclaimer or other provision contained in this Agreement is held to be invalid for any reason by a court of competent jurisdiction and Rightsbridge becomes liable thereby for loss or damage that may lawfully be limited, such liability whether in contract, tort (including negligence but specifically excluding personal injury or death resulting from Rightsbridge negligence) or otherwise, will not exceed the total charges paid by the Client preceding such liability arising.
12.3 The Client must make every effort to secure their Client’s name and Passwords, and should not under any circumstance disclose their Client’s name and Password details to a third party or by an email request. Rightsbridge, nor its directors, employees or representatives will be liable for damages arising out of or in connection with the use of this Website or the information, content, materials or products included on this site. This is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind.
12.4 It is the Clients responsibility to maintain an updated browser, firewall or anti-virus and anti- spyware software. The Client must protect their Computer and ensure they update all security software by downloading the latest security patches from relevant software providers.
12.5 Rightsbridge cannot guarantee 100% uptime and endeavours to provide Services as described on the website.
12.6 Rightsbridge is not responsible for the Client making sales from their website or for failure to do so.
12.7 Rightsbridge will not be held responsible for any delay to the Service if payment is not received pursuant to clause 8.2 hereof.
12.8 Rightsbridge is not responsible for third party mistakes or external delays and will not accept delay in payment to us from you as a result of such circumstances.
12.9 Rightsbridge do not take any responsibility for the Mechanical Royalties process or the changeable nature of any country’s royalty policy or process.
12.10 Rightsbridge will use best endeavours to supply accurate mechanical royalty information from third parties however we will not be held liable for the accuracy of the information.
12.11 The Client is responsible for ownership of the IP or gaining permission to use the Intellectual Property. Rightsbridge takes no responsibility regards such issues. The types of intellectual property required for distribution to each service vary depending on the digital service provider. A summary of the specific terms and conditions of each Digital Service Provider can be found and viewed via the Rightsbridge dashboard.
12.12 In the event that your data is ever lost, corrupted or stolen, Rightsbridge will contact you within 72 hours of the event occurring to inform you the data breach and the conditions surrounding the breach. This response time is in keeping with the guidance provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
13. Rightsbridge Proprietary Rights
All Intellectual Property Rights in the materials on this Website (as well as the organisation and layout of this Website) together with the underlying software code are owned by, licensed or authorised to Rightsbridge, its assignees, licensees or sub-licensees thereof and the copyright in the text, artwork, graphics and images on the Website is owned by Rightsbridge or its licensors or its content or technology providers except where otherwise specified. Nothing in these terms and conditions transfers to you any rights of ownership of such intellectual property rights, or constitutes a licence to use such intellectual property rights other than to the extent expressly set out in these terms and conditions. Without Our prior written permission, you may not copy, modify, alter, publish, broadcast, distribute, sell or transfer any material on this Website or the underlying software code whether in whole or in part. However, the contents of this Website may be downloaded, printed or copied for your personal non-commercial use.
14. Force Majeure
14.1 Rightsbridge shall not be liable to you or be deemed to be in breach of the Agreement by reason of delay in performing, or any failure to perform, any of our obligations in relation to the Service, if the delay or failure was beyond our reasonable control. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the following shall be regarded as causes beyond our reasonable control:
14.1.1 act of god, explosion, flood, tempest, fire or accident; weather.
14.1.2 technical problems, external circumstances preventing suppliers delivering against deadlines or preventing delivery of third party against agreed commitments including postal delivery services.
15. Statutory Information
This website is owned and operated by:
Unit 5.02, The Whisky Bond,
2 Dawson Road,
Glasgow G4 9SS.
16. Privacy and Data Protection
17.1 Rightsbridge shall be entitled to subcontract, assign or transfer our obligations or rights to a competent third party or to any associated company whether in whole or in part. The Client may not assign or transfer any of your rights or obligations without our written consent.
18.1 These terms and conditions contain all the terms of your agreement with us relating to your use of this Website. No other written or oral statement (including statements in any brochure or promotional literature published by us) will be incorporated. Your use of this Website, any downloaded material from it and the operation of these Conditions shall be governed by, construed and interpreted in accordance with the law of Scotland and you agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.
18.2 Failure or delay by Rightsbridge in enforcing any term of the Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under it.
18.3 The illegality, invalidity or unenforceability of any part of this Agreement will not affect the legality, validity or enforceability of the remainder.
19. Governing Language
For all purposes, this English language version of this Agreement shall be the original, governing instrument and understanding of the parties. In the event of any conflict between this English language version of the Agreement and any subsequent translation into any other language, this English language version shall govern and control.
The Copyright in these Terms & Conditions is owned by Create Ts and Cs – www.createtsandcs.com. All content and materials is the sole property of Create Ts and Cs. Create Ts and Cs, hereby grants Rightsbridge Ltd a nonexclusive, non-transferable licence to use and display, Create Ts and Cs-own both the content and materials solely in connection with the Work.