Spotify for Podcasters Platform Terms and Conditions of Use
Effective: September 1st, 2021
Please read these Terms and Conditions of Use (these "Terms") carefully as they govern your access to or use of the Spotify for Podcasters service (the "Service") and any material that is made available through the Service (the "Content").
Use of the Service may be subject to additional terms and conditions presented by Spotify, which are hereby incorporated by this reference into these Terms.
By signing up for, or otherwise using, the Service, you agree to these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, then you must not use the Service or access any Content.
THESE TERMS CONTAIN A MANDATORY ARBITRATION PROVISION THAT, AS FURTHER SET FORTH IN SECTION 6 BELOW, REQUIRES THE USE OF ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN JURY TRIALS OR ANY OTHER COURT PROCEEDINGS, OR CLASS ACTIONS OF ANY KIND.
These Terms are between you and (a) if you are a resident of, or entity organized under, or otherwise subject to the laws of, the United States of America: Spotify USA Inc., a Delaware Corporation with offices at 4 World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich Street, 62nd Floor, New York, New York 10007; or (b) if you are a resident of, or entity organized under, or otherwise subject to the laws of, any country outside of the United States of America: Spotify AB, of Regeringsgatan 19, 111 53 Stockholm, Sweden, with registered number 556703-7495.
Age and eligibility requirements
In order to use the Service and access any Content, you need to (1) be 13 years of age (or the equivalent minimum age in your home country) or older, (2) have parent or guardian consent if you are a minor in your home country; (3) have the power to enter a binding contract with us and not be barred from doing so under any applicable laws, and (4) reside in a country where the Service is available. You also promise that any registration information that you submit to Spotify is true, accurate, and complete, and you agree to keep it that way at all times If you are a minor in your home country, your parent or guardian will need to enter into these Terms on your behalf. You can find additional information regarding minimum age requirements in the registration process. If you do not meet the minimum age requirements then Spotify will be unable to register you as a user.
Spotify for Podcasters Service Provided By Us
Service Limitations and Modifications
Spotify will make reasonable efforts to keep the Service operational. However, Spotify makes no assurances that the Service will be available continuously on a 24 x 7 x 365 basis. Certain technical difficulties or maintenance may result in temporary interruptions. Spotify reserves the right, periodically and at any time, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, functions and features of the Service, with or without notice, all without liability to you, except where prohibited by law, for any interruption, modification, or discontinuation of the Service or any function or feature thereof. You understand, agree, and accept that Spotify has no obligation to maintain, support, upgrade, or update the Service, or to provide all or any specific content through the Service. This section will be enforced to the extent permissible by applicable law. Spotify and/or the owners of any Content may, from time to time, remove any such Content without notice to the extent permitted by applicable law or these Terms.
Third-party devices and software
The Service may be integrated with, or may otherwise interact with, third-party applications, websites, and services ("Third-Party Applications") and third-party personal computers, mobile handsets, tablets, wearable devices, speakers, and other devices ("Devices"). Your use of Third-Party Applications and Devices may be subject to additional terms, conditions and policies provided to you by the applicable third party. Spotify does not guarantee that Third-Party Applications or Devices will be compatible with the Service.
Data Insights; Mistakes
You acknowledge that Spotify for Podcasters is a free service that we are providing to you for use at our discretion. The Service may provide you with the ability to view usage data of your podcast and demographic data on your fans. While we work hard to ensure the accuracy of the data, we do not guarantee that the Service or the data we collect from the Service will be available error-free or that mistakes, including mistakes in the data insights that we provide to you, will not happen from time to time. Where there is a glitch or mistake in the Service, we will take all reasonable efforts to address or correct these mistakes. You agree that you will indemnify and hold us harmless against any damage, liability, or costs that you incur as a result of a mistake, error, or glitch in this free service or arising from your use of the data. All data is provided to you "AS-IS." You use all such data provided by us at your sole risk and discretion.
Although Spotify takes reasonable precautions to preserve and protect the Content stored in the database used by Spotify to provide the Service, you shall not rely on the Service as your only storage facility, and you should preserve backup copies of your User Content. Spotify is not liable for damage to, deletion of, or failure to store any Content.
From time to time we may offer beta features through the Spotify for Podcasters Service ("Beta Features"). We use Beta Features to experiment with and test new feature ideas. Accordingly, you may find that Beta Features appear one day, undergo periodic changes, or even disappear completely.
Your Use of the Spotify for Podcasters Service
You may need to create a Spotify for Podcasters and/or Spotify account to use all or part of the Service. Your username and password are for your personal use only and should be kept confidential.
You understand that you are responsible for all use of your username and password on the Service. If your username or password is lost or stolen, or if you believe there has been unauthorized access to your Account by third parties, please notify our Customer Service team immediately and change your password as soon as possible.
You are fully responsible for the behavior and activities occurring in connection with the Service under your Account and for compliance with these Terms by anyone accessing your Account. If there is a dispute between you and any third party as to the ownership or authorized use of an Account (including the Account of any of your Delegates), you may contact Spotify for Podcasters customer service using the Contact Us page of the Spotify for Podcaster's website. After notice of the dispute, Spotify may suspend all access to such Account at any time and without any liability to you, your Delegates or any other person or entity, including your Subscribing Entity. Spotify may resolve disputes, or it may leave the resolution of disputes up to the parties involved, who may seek relief from a court of competent jurisdiction. If Spotify resolves any dispute, then you agree that Spotify's decision is final and binding upon you and that you will have no cause of action against Spotify, although you may have recourse against any third parties as provided under law. Spotify will also abide by any lawful order from a court of competent jurisdiction.
Your rights to use the Service
Access to the Service
Subject to your compliance with these Terms (including any other applicable terms and conditions), we grant to you limited, non-exclusive, revocable permission to make personal, non-commercial (except as expressly permitted) use of the Service and the Content (collectively, "Access"). This Access shall remain in effect unless and until terminated by you or Spotify. You agree that you will not redistribute or transfer the Service or the Content.
The Spotify software applications and the Content are licensed, not sold or transferred to you, and Spotify and its licensors retain ownership of all copies of the Spotify software applications and Content even after installation on your Devices.
Spotify's Proprietary Rights
The Service and the Content are the property of Spotify or Spotify's licensors. All Spotify trademarks, service marks, trade names, logos, domain names, and any other features of the Spotify brand ("Spotify Brand Features") are the sole property of Spotify or its licensors. These Terms do not grant you any rights to use any Spotify Brand Features whether for commercial or non-commercial use.
You agree to abide by the Spotify User Guidelines and not to use the Service, the Content, or any part thereof in any manner not expressly permitted by these Terms.
We've established guidelines for using the Service, to make sure the Service stays enjoyable for everyone ("Spotify User Guidelines"). In using the Service, you must comply with the Spotify User Guidelines (which can be reviewed here), as well as all applicable laws, rules, and regulation, and respect the intellectual property, privacy, and other rights of third parties.
If you are using the Service or opening an account on the Service on behalf of a company, entity or organization (each a "Subscribing Entity"), then you represent and warrant that: (a) you are an authorized representative of that Subscribing Entity with the authority to bind the Subscribing Entity to these Terms, regardless of whether you remain an authorized representative of that Subscribing Entity, (b) the Subscribing Entity agrees to be bound by these Terms, and (c) you agree to be bound by these Terms on behalf of such Subscribing Entity.
You may delegate your authority to use and access Spotify for Podcasters to additional users within your Subscribing Entity (each, a "Delegate") and in the event that you and/or any of your Delegates access the Service, you acknowledge and agree that these Terms shall govern such use of the Service. You represent, warrant and covenant to us that each of your Delegates is authorized to use the Service, and sub-delegate their authority to additional users, for and on behalf of the Subscribing Entity. If you delegate such authority to any one or more Delegates, you expressly agree on behalf of the Subscribing Entity that (x) all such Delegates will comply with these Terms, (y) the Subscribing Entity shall be fully liable for your and each Delegate's violation of these Terms, and (z) the Subscribing Entity will be responsible for the acts or omissions of your Delegates for purposes of these Terms.
In accordance with Section 5 below, you, your Delegates or your Subscribing Entity may post User Content to the Service. The Service is provided to you free-of-charge in exchange for your use of the Service and the provision of your User Content (defined below in Section 5) to the Service and agreement to these Terms.
Additional Programs and Insights
In addition to the then-current features of the Service, we may from time-to-time add new features with opportunities to access additional information related to the use of content on Spotify for Podcasters ("Insights"), and to participate in and manage marketing, promotional, merchandising, programming and/or other campaigns for their content through the Service ("Programs"). Opportunities for Insights and Programs for your User Content will be presented to you or your Subscribing Entity's Delegates on an opt-in basis through the Service, along with the corresponding terms and conditions for the particular opportunity (each, the "Opt-In Spotify for Podcasters Terms").
Export control and sanctions
Spotify's products may be subject to U.S. export and re-export control laws and regulations or similar laws applicable in other jurisdictions, including the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce, trade and economic sanctions maintained by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR") maintained by the Department of State. You warrant that you are (1) not located in any country to which the United States has embargoed goods or has otherwise applied any economic sanctions; and (2) not a denied party as specified in any applicable export or re-export laws or regulations or similar laws applicable in other jurisdictions or otherwise listed on any U.S. government list of prohibited or restricted parties.
You agree to comply with all applicable export and re-export control laws and regulations, including without limitation the EAR and trade and economic sanctions maintained by OFAC. Specifically, you agree not to – directly or indirectly – use, sell, export, reexport, transfer, divert, release, or otherwise dispose of any products, software, or technology (including products derived from or based on such technology) received from Spotify under these Terms to any destination, entity, or person or for any end-use prohibited by the EAR, trade and economic sanctions maintained by OFAC, or any applicable laws or regulations of the United States or any other jurisdiction without obtaining any required prior authorization from the competent government authorities as required by those laws and regulations.
Content and Intellectual Property Rights
The content you post on the service
Spotify for Podcasters users, including you and any of your Subscribing Entity's Delegates, may, at no cost to Spotify, post, upload, or otherwise contribute content to the Service ("User Content"). For the avoidance of doubt, "User Content" includes all information, materials and other content that is added, created, uploaded, submitted, distributed, or posted to the Service. Spotify, and/or any third party appointed by Spotify, may in its sole discretion decide to use all, or parts of, the metadata provided, as well as to supplement and/or replace such metadata.
You are solely responsible for all User Content that you post.
You promise that, with respect to any User Content you post to the Service, (1) you own or have the right to post such User Content, including all rights and authorizations relating to any sound recordings and musical works included in the User Content, necessary to grant Spotify the license described in these Terms; (2) such User content, or its use by Spotify pursuant to the license granted below, does not: (i) violate these Terms, applicable law, or the intellectual property or other rights of any third party; or (ii) imply any affiliation with or endorsement of you or your User content by Spotify or any artist, band, label, or other individual or entity, without the prior express written consent from Spotify or such individual or entity; and (3) you have and shall have acquired, retained and properly administered any third-party rights, licenses, authorizations, consents, permissions and approvals relating to the User Content you post to the Service, including but not limited to any music content, and relating to the exercise by Spotify of its rights under these Terms, and that all rights, licences, consents, waivers, clearances, or approvals necessary required from any collecting society (including but not limited to collecting societies such as STIM, MCPS, PRS, PPL and VPL) or any other party in order for Spotify to lawfully exercise and enjoy its rights granted under this Agreement (including, without limitation, all necessary music, synchronisation, mechanical transfer and performing rights clearances) have been or will be obtained and paid for and shall be maintained for the duration of these Terms; (4) you shall be solely responsible for complying with the terms and conditions set forth in each of the third-party licenses, authorizations, consents, permissions and approvals referenced above, and you shall be solely responsible for making any and all payments of royalties, fees and any other monies (however characterized) to any and all third parties as and when required under such third-party licenses, authorizations, consents, permissions and approvals;, (5) no royalties, fees or other monies (however characterized) are or will be payable by or on behalf of Spotify to or on behalf of any third party in connection with, or arising out of, the User Content you post to the Service, or the exercise by Spotify of its rights under these Terms; (6) all User Content you submit to the Service is correct, accurate, and does not violate the Spotify User Guidelines and (7) you have and shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and industry standards when posting User Content to the Service, including the FTC's Guidelines Concerning the User of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising, the FTC's Disclosures Guide, the FTC's Native Advertising Guidelines, and any other guidelines issued by the FTC from time to time, and updates thereto.
In posting or sharing User content or other information on the Service, please keep in mind that content and other information will be publicly accessible, and may be used and re-shared by others, so please use caution in posting or sharing on the Service, and be mindful of your account settings. Spotify is not responsible for what you or others post or share on the Service.
Spotify for Podcasters is not intended to be a music distribution tool. You must not use the Service to distribute music tracks, DJ mixes or similar content to the Spotify Service.
Spotify acknowledges and accepts that the User Content may contain advertising and/or sponsorship messages which are generally included when the User Content is distributed on any other service subject to your compliance with these Spotify for Podcasters Terms ("Embedded Advertising"). You acknowledge and accept that User Content may only contain advertising sold to advertisers against your entire network of content providers, including other services. You may not include (a) advertising and/or sponsorship messages targeted against the Service, or (b) advertising sold specifically for distribution on the Service or to specifically target users on the Service, in the User Content. You will ensure that all advertising or sponsorship messages contained in the User Content for distribution on the Service will comply with applicable laws and regulations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, You acknowledge that advertising and/or sponsorship messages containing pornographic content, or for firearms, ammunition, weapons, cigarettes, tobacco or e-cigarettes, or paid advertising for any competitive music or audio streaming services, is not permitted. In addition, you may not use any data you obtain about Spotify's users for any purpose other than for demographic targeting on the Service, and you are expressly prohibited from repurposing any data about Spotify users or to retarget a Spotify user or append data to a non-public user profile, or to use any data derived from Spotify users to build, create, develop, or supplement any segments, profiles, or similar records on any user, device, or browser. No data provided by Spotify or acquired by you in relation to usage of the User Content on the Service may be used for the purposes of targeting for advertisers. You shall not use the Spotify name or brand marks in any advertising sales collateral without prior approval from Spotify. Spotify reserves the right to remove any User Content that contains any Embedded Advertising that does not comply with these Terms. You agree that cookies may only be used in and/or in relation to the User Content to improve the user experience.
Delivering User Content
You shall submit User Content to the Service through the submission of an XML-based standard web rich site summary feed format ("RSS Feed"), which RSS Feed may include various files and the transmission of text and other metadata. You shall also submit User Content through other relevant input fields made available in the Spotify for Podcasters user interface. Soundtrap Users may submit User Content to the Service through the Soundtrap direct upload functionality.
Takedowns and monitoring user content
Spotify shall be under no obligation to include and/or distribute User Content via the Service. Spotify may, but has no obligation to, monitor, or review User Content. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, Spotify reserves the full right to remove or disable access to any User Content from the Service in its sole discretion, including, but not limited to, when User Content violates the Spotify User Guidelines. Spotify may take these actions without notification to you.
Removal or disabling of User Content will result in the deletion of the User Content from the Service but you agree that the User Content may still be temporarily available to offline Spotify users who saved the applicable User Content for offline listening on a user's device.
Licenses that you grant us
You retain ownership of your User Content when you post it to the Service. However, in order for us to make your User Content available on the Spotify Service, we do need a limited license from you to that User Content. Accordingly, you hereby grant Spotify a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, fully paid, worldwide license to: (a) download, digitally transcode, modify, make copies of, create derivative works from (including the right to transcribe, e.g. for the purpose of optimizing search functionalities, improving personalization, simplifying content review and/or displaying on the Spotify Platform, but not including the development and production of derivative audio or video works or the exploitation of customary ancillary rights, e.g. merchandise, live events, etc.), and otherwise process, the User Content to the extent reasonably necessary to transmit and communicate to the public the User Content and operate the Service; (b) transmit and communicate to the public the User Content on a pre-programmed and on-demand basis to terminal devices of Spotify users in (i) any industry-standard implementation of the digital media "streaming" format, as that term is commonly understood, in all cases wherein the content of the media file is rendered simultaneously with its transmission; and (ii) the so-called "conditional download" format wherein the transmission of a media file results in a playable copy of the media file being deposited on the storage medium of a terminal device; (c) transmit, communicate to the public and display the User Content for purposes of identifying and promoting the availability of the corresponding User Content on the Service; (d) make and store on Spotify's servers and terminal devices such copies of User Content as are reasonably necessary to enable Spotify to transmit and communicate to the public User Content and communicate to the public and display images as permitted hereunder; and (f) use the User Content for internal research, development and business purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, Spotify will determine, at its sole discretion, whether the User Content will be distributed via the Service, and Spotify shall be entitled to use the User Content in conjunction with all of the tiers, features and functionalities, websites and user interfaces, as well as all content and software applications associated with our services (collectively, the "Spotify Platform") (which includes, but is not limited to, the right to transcribe User Content, e.g. for the purpose of optimizing search functionalities, improving personalization, simplifying content review and/or displaying on the Spotify Platform). You further grant us the non-exclusive, irrevocable, fully paid, worldwide right to use your name, likeness, and photograph on the Service and in our marketing communications to advertise, market and promote the availability of your User Content on the Service.
Conditional upon you supplying the relevant information in the User Content's associated metadata, Spotify shall display a link to the following information via the Spotify client interface for the Service in connection with each User Content: (a) a standard copyright notice supplied by the user [e.g. "(p) and (c) [Year] [Provider-designated name]. All rights reserved."] in a readable size; and (b) the title of the User Content as set forth in such metadata.
Aside from the rights specifically granted in these Terms, you retain ownership of all rights, including intellectual property rights, in the User Content that you post, and you have only granted us a license as set forth in these Terms. Where applicable and permitted under applicable law, you also agree to waive and not enforce any "moral rights" or rights, such as your right to be identified as the author of any User Content, including Feedback, and your right to object to derogatory treatment of such User Content. If such moral rights are not waivable, then you at least agree not to sue us for failure to identify you as the author of any User Content or for any use of your User Content on the Service.
If you provide feedback, ideas or suggestions to Spotify in connection with the Spotify for Podcasters Service or the Content ("Feedback"), such Feedback is not confidential and may be used by Spotify without restriction and without payment to you. Feedback is considered a type of User Content.
Spotify respects the rights of intellectual property owners. If you believe that any Content infringes your intellectual property rights or other rights, please see the Spotify Copyright Policy.
For customer support with Spotify for Podcasters Account-related questions ("Customer Support Queries"), please submit a ticket to our customer service department using the Customer Service contact form on the Contact Us section of our website. We will use reasonable endeavors to respond to all Customer Support Queries within a reasonable time frame but we make no guarantees or warranties of any kind that any Customer Support Queries will be responded to within any particular time frame and/or that we will be able to satisfactorily answer any such queries.
In addition, under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, you may contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite S-202, Sacramento, California 95834, or by telephone at 1-800-952-5210 in order to resolve a complaint regarding the service or to receive further information regarding use of the service
Problems and Disputes
Term and Termination
These Terms will continue to apply to you until terminated by either you or Spotify. Spotify may terminate these Terms (including any additional terms and conditions incorporated herein) or suspend your access to the Service at any time if we believe you have breached any of these Terms, if we stop providing the Service or any material component thereof, or as we believe necessary to comply with applicable law. If you or Spotify terminate these Terms, or if Spotify suspends your access to the Spotify Service, you agree that Spotify shall have no liability or responsibility to you, and (except as expressly provided in these Terms( Spotify will not refund any amounts that you have already paid. You may terminate these Terms at any time through the Customer Service contact form on the Contact Us section of our website, or by terminating your Spotify user account, in which case you may not continue accessing or using the Service. To learn how to terminate your Spotify account, please use the Customer Support resources on our About Us page.
The following sections shall survive termination: Sections 2 (The Spotify for Podcasters Service Provided by Us, 3 (Your Use of the Spotify for Podcasters Service), 4 (Content and Intellectual Property Rights), 6 (Problems and Disputes), 7 (About These Terms), as well as any other sections of these Terms that, either explicitly or by their nature, must remain in effect even after termination of these Terms, shall survive termination.
Warranty and Disclaimer
THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE," WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY. FURTHER, SPOTIFY AND ALL OWNERS OF THE CONTENT DISCLAIM ANY EXPRESS, IMPLIED, AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES REGARDING THE CONTENT, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. NEITHER SPOTIFY NOR ANY OWNER OF CONTENT WARRANTS THAT THE SPOTIFY SERVICE OR CONTENT IS FREE OF MALWARE OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. IN ADDITION, SPOTIFY MAKES NO REPRESENTATION REGARDING, NOR DOES IT WARRANT OR ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR, ANY THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS (OR THE CONTENT THEREOF), USER CONTENT, DEVICES OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED, PROMOTED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY ON OR THROUGH THE SPOTIFY SERVICE OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE, AND SPOTIFY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN YOU AND ANY THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF THE FOREGOING. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION WHETHER ORAL OR IN WRITING OBTAINED BY YOU FROM SPOTIFY SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY ON BEHALF OF SPOTIFY. WHILE USING THE SPOTIFY SERVICE, YOU MAY HAVE ACCESS TO EXPLICIT CONTENT FILTERING FEATURES, BUT USE OF THESE FEATURES MAY STILL RESULT IN SOME EXPLICIT CONTENT BEING SERVED AND YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON SUCH FEATURES TO FILTER ALL EXPLICIT CONTENT. THIS SECTION APPLIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or limitations on applicable statutory rights of a consumer, so the exclusion and limitations in this section may not apply to you.
Limitation of Liability and Time for Filing a Claim
YOU AGREE THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ANY PROBLEMS OR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SPOTIFY SERVICE IS TO UNINSTALL ANY SPOTIFY SOFTWARE AND TO STOP USING THE SPOTIFY SERVICE. YOU AGREE THAT SPOTIFY HAS NO OBLIGATION OR LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS OR THE CONTENT THEREOF MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SPOTIFY SERVICE, AND WHILE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SUCH THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS MAY BE GOVERNED BY SEPARATE AGREEMENTS WITH SUCH THIRD PARTIES, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY, AS WITH RESPECT TO SPOTIFY, FOR ANY PROBLEMS OR DISSATISFACTION WITH ANY THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS OR THE CONTENT THEREOF, IS TO UNINSTALL OR STOP USING SUCH THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS.
EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL SPOTIFY, ITS OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, SUPPLIERS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR (1) ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; (2) ANY LOSS OF USE, DATA, BUSINESS, OR PROFITS (WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT), IN ALL CASES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SPOTIFY SERVICE, DEVICES, THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS, OR THIRD-PARTY APPLICATION CONTENT, REGARDLESS OF LEGAL THEORY, WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER SPOTIFY HAS BEEN WARNED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES, AND EVEN IF A REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE; OR (3) AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO THE SPOTIFY SERVICE, THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS, OR THIRD-PARTY APPLICATION CONTENT MORE THAN THE GREATER OF (A) AMOUNTS PAID BY YOU TO SPOTIFY DURING THE TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLAIM; OR (B) USD 100.
For clarification, these Terms do not limit Spotify's liability for fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, death or personal injury to the extent that applicable law would prohibit such a limitation.
EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT SUCH LIMITATION IS PROHIBITED BY LAW, ANY CLAIM ARISING UNDER THESE TERMS MUST BE COMMENCED (BY FILING A DEMAND FOR ARBITRATION UNDER SECTION (24.2.1) OR FILING AN INDIVIDUAL ACTION UNDER SECTION (24.2.2)) WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE DATE THE PARTY ASSERTING THE CLAIM FIRST KNOWS OR REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW OF THE ACT, OMISSION, OR DEFAULT GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM; AND THERE SHALL BE NO RIGHT TO ANY REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM NOT ASSERTED WITHIN THAT TIME PERIOD.
Third Party Rights
No third party beneficiaries
Other than as set out in this section, these Terms are not intended to grant rights to anyone except you and Spotify, and in no event shall these Terms create any third party beneficiary rights. Furthermore, the rights to terminate, rescind, or agree to any variation, waiver, or settlement of these Terms are not subject to the consent of any other person.
Podcast Hosting Services
If you host your User Content with a third party podcast hosting service ("Podcast Hosting Service"), you acknowledge that this Agreement is between you and Spotify only, not with your Podcast Hosting Service. Your Podcast Hosting Service is not an intended beneficiary of these Terms and your Podcast Hosting Service is not responsible for the Service or Content. Your Podcast Hosting Service has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the Service. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that Spotify, in its sole discretion, may share Content with Podcast Hosting Services, such as data analytics, and such Content may include data related to your User Content.
You agree to indemnify and hold Spotify harmless from and against all damages, losses, and expenses of any kind (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) arising out of or related to: (1) your breach of any of these Terms (including any additional Spotify terms and conditions incorporated herein); (2) any User Content you post or otherwise contribute; (3) any activity in which you engage on or through the Spotify Service; and (4) your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.
Governing Law, Mandatory Arbitration and Venue
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms (and any non-contractual disputes/claims arising out of or in connection with them) are subject to the laws of the state of California, United States of America, without regard to choice or conflicts of law principles. Further, you and Spotify agree to the jurisdiction of the Northern District of California to resolve any dispute, claim, or controversy that relates to or arises in connection with these Terms (and any non-contractual disputes/claims relating to or arising out of or in connection with them) and is not subject to mandatory arbitration under the Arbitration Agreement below. Spotify does not accept any codes of conduct as mandatory in connection with the services provided under these Terms.
This arbitration agreement applies only to users in the United States.
Dispute resolution and arbitration
You and Spotify agree that any dispute, claim, or controversy between you and Spotify arising in connection with or relating in any way to these Terms or to your relationship with Spotify as a user of the Service (whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, or any other legal theory, and whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms) will be determined by mandatory binding individual (not class) arbitration. You and Spotify further agree that the arbitrator shall have the exclusive power to rule on his or her own jurisdiction, including any objections with respect to the existence, scope or validity of the arbitration agreement or to the arbitrability of any claim or counterclaim. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. THERE IS NO JUDGE OR JURY IN ARBITRATION, AND COURT REVIEW OF AN ARBITRATION AWARD IS LIMITED. There may be more limited discovery than in court. The arbitrator must follow this agreement and can award the same damages and relief as a court (including attorney fees), except that the arbitrator may not award any relief, including declaratory or injunctive relief, benefiting anyone but the parties to the arbitration. This arbitration provision will survive termination of these Terms.
You and Spotify both agree that nothing in this Arbitration Agreement will be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit either of our rights, at any time, to bring an individual action (1) in a U.S. small claims court or (2) in a court of law, in accordance with the jurisdiction and venue described in Section 24.1.1 above, seeking (a) only temporary or preliminary individualized injunctive relief, pending a final ruling from the arbitrator or (b) public injunctive relief, pending a ruling on the substance of such claim from the arbitrator. In addition, this Arbitration Agreement doesn't stop you or us from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state, or local agencies. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf (or vice versa).
No Class or Representative Proceedings: Class Action Waiver
YOU AND SPOTIFY AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. Unless both you and Spotify agree, no arbitrator or judge may consolidate more than one person's claims or otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitrator may award injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim. If a court decides that applicable law precludes enforcement of any of this paragraph's limitations as to a particular claim for relief, then that claim (and only that claim) must be severed from the arbitration and may be brought in court.
Either you or we may start arbitration proceedings. Any arbitration between you and Spotify will take place under the Commercial Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") then in force ("AAA Rules"), as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. You and Spotify agree that the Federal Arbitration Act applies and governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision (despite the choice of law provision above). The AAA Rules, as well as instructions on how to file an arbitration proceeding with the AAA, appear at adr.org. Spotify can also help put you in touch with the AAA.
Any arbitration hearings will be conducted by phone or videoconference to the extent possible, but if the arbitrator determines that a hearing should be conducted in person, the locale for such hearing shall be determined by the arbitration in accordance with AAA's Consumer Arbitration Rules.
If you choose to file an arbitration proceeding and you are required to pay a filing fee, Spotify will reimburse you for that filing fee, unless your claim is for greater than US $10,000, in which case you will be responsible for the filing fee. Spotify will pay any other arbitration fees, including your share of arbitrator compensation, unless otherwise required by AAA rules or court order. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits.
A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and by certified mail, Federal Express, UPS, or Express Mail (signature required) to the address below ("Notice"). Spotify's address for Notice is: Spotify, Attn: General Counsel, 4 World Trade Center, 150 Greenwich Street, 62nd Floor, New York, NY 10007, USA. The Notice must (1) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (2) set forth the specific relief sought ("Demand"). We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or Spotify may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by you or Spotify shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator makes a final decision and award, if any. In the event our dispute is finally resolved through arbitration in your favor, Spotify shall pay you the greater of (1) the amount awarded by the arbitrator, if any, (2) the last written settlement amount offered by Spotify in settlement of the dispute prior to the arbitrator's award; or (3) $1,000.00, whichever is greater. All documents and information disclosed in the course of the arbitration shall be kept strictly confidential by the recipient and shall not be used by the recipient for any purpose other than for purposes of the arbitration or the enforcement of the arbitrator's decision and award and shall not be disclosed except in confidence to persons who have a need to know for such purposes or as required by applicable law.
If this Arbitration Agreement is invalidated in whole or in part, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 24.1 shall govern with respect to any aspect of any dispute, claim or controversy that, as a result of such invalidation, is no longer governed by this Arbitration Agreement.
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Changes to these Terms
We may make changes to these Terms (including any additional Spotify terms and conditions incorporated by reference herein) from time to time by notifying you of such changes by any reasonable means, including by posting a revised Agreement on the applicable Spotify Service (provided that, for material changes, we will seek to supplement such notice by email, an in-service pop-up message, or other means). Any such changes will not apply to any dispute between you and us arising prior to the date on which we posted the revised Terms, or other Spotify terms and conditions, incorporating such changes, or otherwise notified you of such changes. Your use of the Spotify Service following any changes to these Terms will constitute your acceptance of such changes. If you do not wish to continue using the Spotify Service under the updated Terms, you may terminate your account by contacting us. The effective date set forth at the top of this document indicates when these Terms were last changed.
Other than as stated in this section or as explicitly agreed upon in writing between you and Spotify, these Terms constitute all the terms and conditions agreed upon between you and Spotify and supersede any prior agreements in relation to the subject matter of these Terms, whether written or oral. In the case of Soundtrap Users, these Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Spotify relating to the subject matter herein and supersede any previous agreements, either oral or written, between you and Spotify with respect to your use of the Service. Please note, however, that other aspects of your use of the Service may be governed by additional agreements. As noted above, other terms and conditions governing use of the Spotify Service are incorporated herein by reference, including the following terms and conditions: the Spotify User Guidelines; the Spotify Copyright Policy; and the Spotify Support Community Terms.
Severability and Waiver
Unless as otherwise stated in these Terms, should any provision of these Terms be held invalid or unenforceable for any reason or to any extent, the remaining provisions of these Terms will not be affected, and the application of that provision shall be enforced to the extent permitted by law.
Any failure by Spotify or any third-party beneficiary to enforce these Terms or any provision thereof shall not waive Spotify's or the applicable third-party beneficiary's right to do so.
Spotify may assign any or all of these Terms, and may assign or delegate, in whole or in part, any of its rights or obligations under these Terms. You may not assign these Terms, in whole or in part, nor transfer or sub-license your rights under these Terms, to any third party.
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