1.1 The SOUNDTAXI GmbH, Nikolausstraße 6a, D-70190 Stuttgart (hereafter “SOUNDTAXI”) offers, within the framework of their online shop on the internet sites www.soundtaxi.de or www.soundtaxi.net (hereafter “SOUNDTAXI Internet Sites”) musical recordings in the form of music downloads and audio CDs, which the user can use within the framework of the respective agreed copyright license. All musical works to which no collection society in Germany or abroad has any claims or rights shall be labelled as such (“royalty free”) by SOUNDTAXI. All musical works registered with a collection society shall be explicitly identified by SOUNDTAXI as such by labelling these musical works with the name of the collection society in question (e.g. GEMA, SUISA, ASCAP, PRS, BMI).
1.2 The customer acquires a license for the use of the musical recording in accordance with the following license stipulations described in Clause 10. Furthermore, the Standard Terms and Conditions listed below, in its valid version at the time of concluding the contract, apply to all deliveries/supplies and services rendered to customers by SOUNDTAXI.
1.3 The customer acknowledges the validity of these Terms and Conditions with the confirmation of his registration on one of the SOUNDTAXI Internet Sites. Any possible conflicting or different terms and conditions of the customer are excluded. Any contradictory arrangement is only valid if it has been agreed upon between SOUNDTAXI and the customer in writing.
§ 2 Usage Preconditions
2.1 The customer needs the applicable online technology and access to the internet to make use of SOUNDTAXI's offer. For the playback and copying of musical recordings downloaded from SOUNDTAXI, the customer in addition needs a program to open the (compressed) ZIP-files, for instance Win-Zip and an applicable sound program (for instance Windows Media Player, Winamp Player or Real Player). Audio CDs can be played on the customer's computer or other suitable medium.
2.2 Furthermore, the customer must register on one of the SOUNDTAXI Internet Sites beforehand. SOUNDTAXI reserves the right to reject the registration of individual persons without mentioning reasons.
2.3 Customer registration is free of charge. At registration the customer has to supply his address details (surname, name, address, e-mail address and password). The customer agrees to supply his true and full personal details.
If these details should change, the customer must correct his customer profile without delay on one of the SOUNDTAXI Internet Sites. Should this not be possible, the customer must notify SOUNDTAXI in writing or per e-mail to one of the addresses provided on one of the SOUNDTAXI Internet Sites.
2.4 The purpose of the password is for the digital identification of the customer and may not be made available to third persons. The customer is liable for all actions taken in connection with the password. SOUNDTAXI is not liable for abuse of passwords and the resulting consequences and damages. Insofar as reason exists to believe that unauthorized persons have acquired knowledge of the customer's password, the customer must change his password immediately.
2.5 Only persons of full age can become customers of SOUNDTAXI. The customer has to make sure that minors make use of the SOUNDTAXI service only with his explicit permission.
2.6 After sending the registration form, the customer receives an e-mail from SOUNDTAXI which confirms his registration.
2.7 With the confirmation of his registration the customer receives a time-unlimited account with SOUNDTAXI. After this the customer is entitled to make use of the services of SOUNDTAXI within the framework of the valid license stipulations in accordance with Clause 10. The customer can cancel his SOUNDTAXI account at any time with effect in the future, by deleting his account. In case of an account cancellation, the license provisions of the conditions agreed upon with SOUNDTAXI in the past continue to apply.
§ 3 Offer and Conclusion of Contract, Delivery/Supply
3.1 SOUNDTAXI makes it possible for the customer to listen to a sample of the musical recording before ordering it. The customer then selects a music title and a copyright license from the selection and puts it in his shopping basket. Via the "Checkout" button the customer is taken to the data entry template. After entry of the applicable customer details and selection of a preferred payment method, the customer is taken to the order overview, with the possibility to correct his details once more. By clicking on the "Confirm Order" button the ordering process is concluded from the customer's side.
3.2 The ordering of music titles by the customer constitutes an offer to SOUNDTAXI. SOUNDTAXI accepts this via its confirmation per e-mail. With the confirmation by SOUNDTAXI a contract about the use of the particular music title comes into effect.
SOUNDTAXI shall create a license document for the customer and send it to the customer by e-mail along with the invoice. Both the license document and the invoice shall be saved by SOUNDTAXI and sent to the customer again by e-mail at the customer’s request.
3.3 Musical recordings for downloading in digital form are only offered for download purposes. A right to delivery/supply of the download title in another format (e.g. CD-ROM) does not exist. With the download titles the customer is provided with a link, which can start the download by clicking on it. The download title is provided in a compressed format (ZIP-format) and is saved on the customer's computer in the course of the download.
3.4 At the ordering of a download the relevant download title is made available to the customer in his customer account on the SOUNDTAXI Internet Sites for a period of one year from the date of purchase. If the customer deletes his account or it is closed due to cancellation, then the customer cannot download it again. Therefore SOUNDTAXI recommends that customers make copies of the copyright licenses belonging to the respective musical recordings.
3.5 If it is impossible for a customer to download the selected musical recordings due to technical reasons, then SOUNDTAXI should be notified immediately per e-mail. SOUNDTAXI will then attempt to make the musical recording available to the customers in another manner within a reasonable timeframe.
§ 4 Infringement of Customer Responsibilities and the Rights of Third Persons by the Customer
4.1 In case of gross infringements of the responsibilities incumbent on the customer or of the license stipulations in accordance with Clause 10, SOUNDTAXI is entitled to block the customer's account. SOUNDTAXI notifies the customer of the reason for the blocking. If justified suspicion of a gross infringement of responsibilities exists, then SOUNDTAXI is entitled to block the customer's account or individual services until the suspicion has been cleared.
4.2 SOUNDTAXI is not liable for damages resulting from the infringement of responsibilities caused by the customer, which could have been prevented if the customer responsibilities have been adhered to. The customer is liable for an infringement of the rights of a third party caused by him against these himself and directly. The customer hereby commits to exempting SOUNDTAXI from any third-party claims and rights resulting from the customer violating duties or rights.
§ 5 Guarantee, Liability
5.1 SOUNDTAXI does not guarantee the usability of the musical recordings on offer for the specific intended use by the customer.
5.2 The customer has to inspect the downloaded music files as well as the CD-ROM that he received immediately after receipt, insofar as this is feasible in terms of the proper course of business, and when he discovers a fault to notify SOUNDTAXI without delay.
5.3 The warranty claims of the customer are limited to rectification or replacement by SOUNDTAXI. If the rectification or replacement is unsuccessful, then the customer has the right to choose between a reduction of the payment or cancellation of the contract.
5.4 Insofar as nothing else transpires hereafter, further claims by the customer are – regardless of the legal grounds – excluded. In particular, SOUNDTAXI is not liable for the loss of income or other financial loss of the customer. Insofar as the contractual liability of SOUNDTAXI is excluded or limited, this also applies to the personal liability of employees, representatives and assistants.
The preceding limitation of liability does not apply insofar as the damages are the result of premeditation or gross negligence or of breach of fundamental contractual responsibilities, or if there is evidence of personal injury. Furthermore, it does not apply if the customer lodge claims in terms of the law on product liability.
Insofar as SOUNDTAXI has contravened a responsibility fundamental to the contract, the liability to pay damages for damage to property is limited to the typical damages that might occur.
§ 6 Set-off and Retention/Withholding
The customer is only entitled to a right of set-off if his counterclaims have been legally established or if they are indisputable. The customer is only entitled to exercise his withholding rights if his counterclaim rests on the same contractual relationship.
§ 7 Duration of Contract, Right of Cancellation/Recall
7.1 Insofar as nothing else has been agreed upon, and to the extent that a limited, temporary license is not selected from among the licenses listed in Clause 10.2.2, the customer shall receive a license unlimited in time in accordance with the licensing stipulations listed below in Clause 10.
7.2 SOUNDTAXI instructs the customer about his Right of Recall in a separate Instruction on Right of Cancellation/Recall.
§ 8 Protection of Privacy
SOUNDTAXI treats all details collected from the customer with strict confidentiality and only within the framework of valid
data protection stipulations. Personal details are only collected, stored and processed for the purpose of the implementation and processing of the contract. For uses over and above a separate agreement will be entered into.
§ 9 Payment Conditions and Arrears
9.1 The prices quoted on the SOUNDTAXI Internet Sites at the time of the order are decisive.
9.2 The quoted prices include statutory value-added tax. The value-added tax falls away for customers outside the European union and for customers from EU member states (except Germany) with a valid value-added tax identification number. Once these customers have registered and logged in to one of the SOUNDTAXI Internet sites, the prices shall be shown without value-added tax.
9.3 The customer is obligated to also pay the fees, which are incurred by co-users of the account. This also applies in the case of abuse, insofar as the customer does not proof that he cannot be accused of any infringement of responsibilities.
9.4 The invoiced amounts are to be paid within 10 days after receipt of the invoice from SOUNDTAXI. If the customer is in arrears, SOUNDTAXI is entitled to levy interest on arrears at the legally permissible level. The right to the claiming of delayed damage in addition is reserved.
§ 10 Copyright Licenses
10.1.1 The copyright of all musical recordings (hereafter "musical works") offered by SOUNDTAXI are protected by the copyright law of the Federal Republic of Germany, international agreements as well as other applicable local and international legislation. The customers of SOUNDTAXI do not become the owner of the musical works, but obtain a license for the use of the musical works in accordance with the following license stipulations.
10.1.2 The customers of SOUNDTAXI hereby acknowledge that SOUNDTAXI is exclusively entitled to all rights to the musical works provided by SOUNDTAXI, including any copyrights, licensing rights or other rights or comparable legal situations with regard to the customer, and that these may not be used without previously acquiring the written consent of SOUNDTAXI. In particular, customers are not permitted to undertake or use any editing or changes to the musical works. The customer is not allowed to use the musical work in any other way than that explicitly expressed in the license.
10.1.3 Within the framework of these licensing stipulations the musical works provided by SOUNDTAXI are free from third-party rights (e.g. the rights of musicians, composers, conductors, producers). This shall not apply to claims by copyright collection societies such as ASCAP, PRS or BMI. Musical works of this type shall be explicitly identified by SOUNDTAXI as “registered with a collection society” by labelling these musical works with the name of the collection society in question (e.g. GEMA, SUISA, ASCAP, PRS, BMI). To this extent, customers shall explicitly be informed that they are to obtain rights from the collection society in question (e.g. from GEMA for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights) for certain forms of use, whether or not such rights could be seen as being covered by the license issued here. To this end, additional usage fees are to be paid to the collection agencies. The customers are themselves responsible for acquiring rights from the collection societies. SOUNDTAXI does not offer any guarantee that licensed musical works identified as “registered with a collection society” may be used without separate authorisation from the collection societies. To this extent, customers must themselves make the necessary enquiries and acquire any requisite rights from the collection agencies.
SOUNDTAXI also provides its customers with musical works which are free from claims or rights by any collection societies in Germany or abroad. These musical works which do not require any permission from a collection society shall be labelled by SOUNDTAXI with the relevant information (“royalty free”).
10.2.1 By paying the full license fees, subject to the terms of Clause 10.1 SOUNDTAXI customers acquire a basic, non-exclusive, non-transferable usage right to privately or commercially use a musical work within a “project” to be more closely specified by the customer. Insofar as no other agreements are concluded, and insofar as the usage right indicated below in the licenses listed in Clause 10.2.2 does not indicate that said usage right is restricted in time and/or locality, the customer shall be granted the unlimited right of use in terms of time and locality within the framework of the specified project. SOUNDTAXI customers are not entitled to grant a sub-license to a third party for the use of the musical works. Furthermore, it is prohibited to transfer the rights of usage acquired in terms of these license stipulations to a third party.
10.2.2 The musical works may only be used by the customer for a project within the framework of one of the following listed "license groups", which the customer selects with the order.
Subject to the terms of Clause 10.1 SOUNDTAXI offers rights of usage within the framework of the following license groups:
a) License Group 1
Private website (1 domain and subdomains) or
Private video (1 video intended for website or upload to video sites, e.g. YouTube) or
Private podcast (1 podcast produced by a private citizen/individual for non-commercial use) or
Presentation / show (i.e., any live public pressentation, that is not a video) or
Student film I (festivals / online / up to 1,000 copies).
b) License Group 2
Website background music (1 domain and subdomains) or
Corporate film, including training, promotional or educational video (1 video / 1 language / online / exhibitions & events) or
Online Editorial or Narrative film (1 film intended for online distribution such as internet TV program, webseries, online news or magazine programming, with the exception of commercial productions distributed on major platforms such as Netflix) or
Hold music (used for a telephone holding loop / telephone advertising / 1 location)
Corporate podcast (1 podcast produced by a company, or podcast intended for commercial use) or
Up to any combination of downloads and/or copies totalling 1,000 copies.
c) License Group 3
Online advertising video / viral video / microsite (1 video or microsite / 1 language / no in-stream video ads) or
Radio / cinema advertising regional (1 advertising spot / license valid for 1 year) or
Student film II (TV & cinema worldwide / festivals / online / up to 5,000 copies) or
Up to any combination of downloads and/or copies totalling 5,000 copies.
d) License Group 4
Radio / cinema advertising national (1 advertising spot / license valid for 1 year) or
TV advertising regional (1 advertising spot / license valid for 1 year) or
Point-of-sale (POS) advertising national (1 video / license valid for 1 year) or
Public viewing advertising national (1 advertising spot / license valid for 1 year) or
App / video game (1 App / video game) or
Up to any combination of downloads and/or copies totalling 10,000 copiess.
e) License Group 5
TV advertising national (1 advertising spot / 1 country / license valid for 1 year) or.
In-stream video ad (1 advertising spot / 1 language / license valid for 1 year).
f) Audio Logo
Usage as corporate audio logo (only on request).
g) Loudspeaker system license
Background music for exhibitions and events up to 600 sq yards or business premises up to 3 000 sq yards.
h) Feature Film / TV Show (sit-com, tele-dreama, etc.) use (upon request).
10.2.3 Forms of use – of any type – extending beyond the license group(s) agreed upon in each individual contract as defined in Clause 10.2.2. require the previous written consent of SOUNDTAXI.
10.2.4 Subject to the terms of Clause 10.1., the concession of rights of usage also comprises the right to convert the musical works technically into the required format according to the particular technical requirement of a project, to store and to compress it, an/or to unpack it. Furthermore, it is allowed – taking into account the personal rights of the artist and creator – to shorten the musical works.
No other editing or changes to the musical works are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to remixes, samples, cover versions, changes to the content of the works, modifications and adaptations. In all other cases, the copyright and ancillary copyright to the musical works also with permitted adaptations and modifications remain with the relevant copyright holder. Therefore, modified musical works may not be distributed or sold by the customer under his own name.
10.2.5 In addition, the musical works may not be used, circulated or made available within the framework of music archives or music data banks. The use of the musical works for website templates is also prohibited.
The customer is not permitted to reproduce musical works or parts thereof for the purposes of resale as a stand-alone product or relicensing, either in their original form or as an adaptation thereof (edited, newly arranged, cover version, etc.).
In addition, it is also prohibited to offer the musical works to third persons within the framework of exchange markets or electronic peer-to-peer file sharing networks as downloads or to make it available in any other form.
Furthermore, usage that contravenes the laws of the Federal republic of Germany, the European Union, or is harmful to the public order or to public morality is not allowed. This applies especially for uses which are racist, which are pornographic, which glamorizes violence, or which is in violation of the constitution.
10.2.6 In the case of violation of the above licensing conditions, SOUNDTAXI reserves the right to initiate proceedings under civil and criminal law, as well as immediately close the customer’s account.
§ 11 Other Stipulations
11.1 The laws of the Federal Republic of Germany applies, with the exclusion of UN sales law as well as of the conflict of laws standards of international private law.
11.2 The place of performance is – to the extent that this is legally permissible – Stuttgart.
11.3 The jurisdiction for all disputes on the grounds of or in connection with these standard Terms and Conditions or of the subsequent license stipulations of SOUNDTAXI is – to the extent that this is legally permissible – Stuttgart. The same applies if the customer has no general jurisdiction locally or, after conclusion of the contract, moves his place of residence or his usual address abroad or if his place of residence or his usual address is unknown at the time of lodging the complaint.