We want to make something super clear before we get to the technicalities. Labelcaster does not, and will never, claim any ownership of any rights of the artistic material uploaded on or in any way shared through our platform. We want to give you, whether you are a label or artist, the tools to easily and cost efficiently get your music out there and listened to.
There are trust issues in the industry, artists getting screwed over, aggregators claiming to be free but are not, the list is long. We want to change this fact and that is why we have digitised the process of running a record label through an easy to use echo-system, fully transparent and fair. The thing is, with our app dashboards you can at any time see exactly how much your music has been streamed and how much you will get paid.
It is free to sign up. We will charge a 10% fee on your streams, that’s it. No up front fees, no lock up, no idiot claiming to own most of your rights and material.
Easy, transparent and fair. Join the indie revolution.
BY CLICKING THAT YOU AGREE TO THE AGREEMENT, YOU UNCONDITIONALLY CONSENT TO BE BOUND BY AND BECOME A PARTY TO THESE TERMS, WHETHER YOU ARE ACTING IN YOUR INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY OR AS THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE FOR AN ARTIST, A GROUP OR A CORPORATION, IN WHICH CASE “YOU” SHALL REFER TO THE ARTIST, GROUP OR CORPORATION ON WHOSE BEHALF YOU ARE ACTING AND AUTHORIZED TO ACT. IF YOU DO NOT UNCONDITIONALLY AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS, CLICK THE “CANCEL” BUTTON. THE “EFFECTIVE DATE” OF THIS USER AGREEMENT IS THE DATE ON WHICH YOU CLICK THE “AGREE” BUTTON BELOW.
2. Scope of Agreement
Labelcaster provides digital distribution services, a digital record label creating feature, as well as digital asset management services, including metadata management, catalog encoding, royalty collection and reporting services to record labels, artists, artist managers and other owners and distributors of content. You, the Content Distributor, are in the business of recording, producing and/or marketing sound recordings, musical compositions, and/or other intellectual property owned, administered or distributed by you.
This Agreement covers digital distribution, other services and rights in and to the copyrights associated with the content you submit to us, including any and all current and future sound recordings and any underlying musical and literary compositions embodied in such content (the “Music”). Additionally, this Agreement covers all other digital assets and the rights thereto, including without limitation, album covers and other artwork, image files, marketing materials, trade names, trademarks, and logos, etc., that you submit to us (“Digital Assets”). Together, the Music and the Digital Assets shall be referred to collectively as the Catalog (“Catalog”). You may from time to time elect to add to the Catalog by logging into your account and supplying new content or amending existing content, the submission or amendment of which shall be subject to the terms of this Agreement.
For any individual track or album within the Catalog, this User Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and shall continue until either you, by logging into the Service and changing your settings, or we, by sending you an email, submit a termination request.
4. Rights You Grant Us
Subject to this Agreement you hereby authorize Labelcaster to store, copy and distribute your Catalog to any consumer and B2B digital music stores, distributors and other third-party services available to you through the Service (“Third Party Music Services”).
To the extent necessary for Labelcaster to facilitate the distribution to Third Party Music Services authorized by you, Labelcaster is hereby granted by you to the right and authorization to distribute, license, sell, stream, transmit, synchronize (as applicable, only with visual images embodied within videos on YouTube), perform, promote, and otherwise exploit such Catalog and any and all rights in and to the sound recording(s) and the underlying composition(s) in such Catalog, throughout the world, in any and all media or formats now known or hereafter devised, including without limitation by:
permanent digital downloads;
temporary digital downloads;
interactive radio; and
non-interactive radio (DMCA compliant, compulsory license);
Semi-interactive radio (voluntary license);
The servicing of any and all “existing” and “to be” developed digital and mobile delivery methods.
You authorize Labelcaster to sub-license any rights granted by you under this User Agreement to any Third Party Music Services, as required to provide the Service hereunder. The authorization and grant of rights here under shall be exclusive as to the Third Party Music Services, authorized in the Labelcaster Artist and labels Dashboard.
Labelcaster does not guarantee placement of the Catalog with any Third Party Music Services and reserves the right to remove any content from the Service and reject distribution of any content in its discretion.
5. Your Obligations to Others
In connection with exploitation of the Catalog contemplated hereunder, you shall be solely responsible for (a) all record royalties due to artists, producers and other persons who performed in the making of the Music and other royalty participants, (b) all royalties due to any party as a result of samples included in the Music (c) all payments that may be required under collective bargaining agreements applicable to you and your affiliates, and (d) all music publishing licenses and royalties.
For digital download sales in the United States, your payment typically includes the mechanical royalty on the underlying composition. In the case of the iTunes Match service, your payment includes a publishing portion that covers both the mechanical and public performance royalties. If you do not own or control the underlying composition(s) in your sound recording(s) or label, it is your obligation to pay these publishing royalties to the person or entity that does. Outside of the United States, Labelcaster customarily requires Third Party Music Services to secure and pay for music publishing licenses (and such license fees may or may not be deducted by the Third Party Music Services concerned from the proceeds payable to Labelcaster). If any Third Party Music Service outside of the United States does not agree to secure and pay for music publishing licenses, Labelcaster shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to either (i) decline to license such Third Party Music Service or (b) assume the responsibility to clear and pay for the music publishing licenses required in connection with such Third Party Music Service’s sales, which license fees Labelcaster shall have the right to deduct from amounts payable to you hereunder.
6. Revenue / Payment
Labelcaster will pay Content Distributor nitty percent (90%) of any Net Royalties received from the authorized Third Party Music Services. “Net Royalties” as used herein means Labelcaster’s actual receipts from the Third Party Music Services for the sale, distribution or other use of your Catalog, less any (a) tax, bank transfer and PayPal or other payment services transaction fees (if any); (b) marketplace costs, including without limitation any fees, payments, royalties or other consideration payable by Labelcaster to song aggregators and digital retail stores; and (c) licensing fees and royalties payable to song publishing licensors and compulsory mechanical licensors, as applicable.
Content Distributor and or Label shall be solely responsible for tracking and paying any taxes and governmental fees associated with or incurred in exploitation of the Catalog through the Service, including without limitation any tariffs, value-added taxes or governmental fees.
Accounting statements and your Net Royalties will be posted to your Labelcaster user account in a timely fashion after Labelcaster’s receipt thereof. Once payment has been credited to your Labelcaster user account, you will be able to withdraw the outstanding amount at your discretion. Your balance must exceed a minimum of USD 10 to withdraw money from your account. You will be solely responsible for any bank transfer and third party transaction fees or other charges related to such withdrawals.
Unless other payment arrangements are made between you and Labelcaster, Labelcaster shall remit payment to you according to the settings in your Labelcaster account.
Content Distributor shall have the right to appoint a certified public accountant who has signed confidentiality agreement with respect to Labelcaster’s books, to audit Labelcaster’s books and records to verify the accuracy of such statements, once with respect to any statement, once in each year, at Content Distributor’s expense, at the place where Labelcaster maintains such records, during Labelcaster’s normal business hours and on at least thirty (30) days’ prior notice. All objections concerning payments hereunder shall be submitted by Content Distributor within one (1) year after the date of payment, after which time all objections shall be waived.
7. Processing Your Content
Subsequent to your acceptance of this agreement, and your delivery of the digital files of the Music with accurate metadata and cover artwork that fulfil the requirements set forth on the Labelcaster account, Labelcaster may deliver the Music and applicable Digital Assets to the selected Third Party Music Services.
8. Warranty & Disclaimer
Each party warrants and represents to the other party that it has the right and authority to enter into and perform this Agreement, and that it will comply with all applicable laws in the performance of this Agreement.
Additionally, you hereby warrant and represent that you own, control and/or administer the Catalog, including both the Music and the Digital Assets, that the Catalog shall not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, patents, moral rights, trade secrets, intellectual property rights, privacy rights, contractual rights, or other rights of any person or entity and, without limitation, that Labelcaster shall have the right to exploit the Catalog in all manner hereunder free from adverse claim and without any obligation to make any payment of any nature to any person or entity, other than the amounts due to you described under this User Agreement.
You hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Labelcaster harmless from any and all costs, losses, damages, or expenses arising out of any breach of the foregoing warranties and representations. You also hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Labelcaster and those authorized by Labelcaster to use and/or exploit the Catalog harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses, including reasonable counsel fees and litigation expenses, arising out of the use of the Catalog as contemplated hereunder. If a claim is made, Labelcaster reserves the right to withhold payment of royalties hereunder in an amount reasonably related to the claim and potential expenses.
If you are acting for the benefit of, and/or as an agent or representative of any artist, individual, group, or corporation, you and the parties that you represent shall be bound to the terms of this User Agreement and shall be jointly and severally liable for your breach of the User Agreement and for breach of the User Agreement by any of the parties you represent.
LABELCASTER DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN, AND DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN ADDITION, LABELCASTER MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS AS TO THE FUNCTIONALITY, PERFORMANCE, OR RESULTS OF LABELCASTER’S WEBSITE OR SERVICE. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL LABELCASTER, ITS OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, SUPPLIERS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND.
Nothing in this Agreement removes or limits either party’s liability for fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, death or personal injury caused by its negligence, and, if required by applicable law, gross negligence.
Labelcaster provides a Service through the website for users to create a label, upload music or other content for distribution, connect artists with labels and managers, and/or any other third parties. Furthermore, Labelcaster provides through the Service, the possibility for such users, to enter in to contracts and agreements, using Labelcasters templets for different agreements and contracts between such parties. However, the users have the possibility and freedom to upload the users own contract and agreement. The contracts and agreements entered between artists, labels, managers and any third parties may for example include revenue split, ownership of music, length of contract and/or any other terms and conditions. Labelcaster takes no responsibility for such agreements or contracts, and Labelcaster is not liable for any damages in connection with such contracts. Labelcasters is not part of such agreements or contracts. The users are responsible for checking the contracts before entering in to such contracts. The Users takes full responsibility and holds Labelcaster not responsible for any claims, penalties, loss, damage or breaches from any errors or omissions in the Service provided for users to create a label, upload music and content, connect artists with labels and managers, and/or any third parties and/or sign agreements and contracts between such parties.
9. Covenant Not to Sue
In consideration of Labelcaster’s entering into this User Agreement, you covenant and agree, in respect to the Catalog not to bring, assert, pursue, maintain, join in or directly and/or indirectly support, assist, fund, lend resources to, or otherwise participate in any litigation, involving or asserting any claim based upon or alleging any form of copyright infringement arising from Labelcaster’s or any Third Party Music Service’s exploitation of the rights licensed by you to Labelcaster herein through the operation of the Service, and in accordance with this Agreement, that you have, had or may have against Labelcaster prior to the Effective Date or during the Term.
10. Changes to the Agreement
Occasionally we may, in our discretion, make changes to the Agreement. When we make material changes to the User Agreement, we’ll provide you with prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances, e.g., by displaying a prominent notice within the Service or by sending you an email. In some cases, we will notify you in advance, and your continued use of the Service after the changes have been made will constitute your acceptance of the changes. Please therefore make sure you read any such notice carefully.
11. Entire Agreement
Other than as stated in this section or as explicitly agreed upon in writing between you and Labelcaster, this User Agreement constitutes all the terms and conditions agreed upon between you and Labelcaster and supersede any prior agreements in relation to the subject matter of this User Agreement, whether written or oral.
12. Severability and Waiver
Unless as otherwise stated in the User Agreements, should any provision of this User Agreement be held invalid or unenforceable for any reason or to any extent, such invalidity or enforceability shall not in any manner affect or render invalid or unenforceable the remaining provisions of this User Agreement, and the application of that provision shall be enforced to the extent permitted by law.
Any failure by Labelcaster or any third party beneficiary to enforce the Agreements or any provision thereof shall not waive Labelcaster’s or the applicable third party beneficiary’s right to do so.
Labelcaster may assign the User Agreement or any part of it, and Labelcaster may delegate any of its obligations under the User Agreement. You may not assign the User Agreement or any part of them, nor transfer or sub-license your rights under the User Agreement, to any third party.
14. Choice of Law and Dispute Venue
These User Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Swedish laws, without regard to its conflict of law rules.
Any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Terms of service, or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof, shall be finally settled by Swedish courts, with the Stockholm District Court as the first instance, unless otherwise provided by mandatory law.