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Choosing an Online Sales Service

 

ABC Triple J Unearthed

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Valleyarm Digital

Assignment or Licence Non-Exclusive Licence Non-Exclusive Licence Non-Exclusive Licence Exclusive Licence- Digital Distribution
Rights
You grant to the ABC:
  • All rights to communicate the musical work and sound recording to the public – including that the ABC will allow users to listen to, reproduce and download and otherwise deal in the sound recording. The ABC has no liability to you for how the end user elects to use the sound recording.
  • ABC may use the sound recording for promotional purposes on both ABC platforms and external sites.
 
The ABC licences the public performance of the musical works through APRA|AMCOS.

You grant Bandcamp:

  • The right to host the music you upload;
  • The right to stream and sell it on your behalf
  • Display whatever material you put on the website
  • The right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display and otherwise exploit the sound recordings, music videos and other materials uploaded to the website.
  • A royalty free license for public performance and communications

You are responsible for  ‘opting out’ or ‘licencing back’ your songs from APRA|AMCOS so that you can directly licence the public performance of your songs.

You grant all rights required to sell:

  • reproduce
  • transmit 
  • distribute

You grant all rights required to distribute:

  • publicly display
  • publicly perform
  • make available to the public
  • communicate to the public

You are responsible for   ‘opting out’ or ‘licencing back’ your songs from APRA|AMCOS so that you can directly licence the public performance of your songs

You grant all rights required to:

  • Distribute your sound recordings to various retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rhapsody etc
  • Sublicence your sound recordings 
  • Sell your sound recording to consumers
  • Reproduce your sound recordings
  • Copy your sound recording into any digital format
  • Display whatever lyrics, trade marks, artwork and other material you put on the website

Licencing internet radio airplay, such as Spotify, will include the grant of the right to:

  • Communicate to the public using web-based performance (e.g., on-demand streaming or internet based ‘radio’)
  • Valleyarm licences the public performance of the musical works through APRA|AMCOS.
Duration Indefinite. You can remove your music from the platform, but Triple J retains a copy & will continue to be entitled to exercise all rights in the sound recording. Bandcamp may terminate your access to all or any part of the Service at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. You may terminate the agreement at any time by sending written notice and by removing all of your content from your SoundCloud account 36 months, with a default setting to renew at the end of the 36 months.
Fees and Royalties The terms of the specific competition will describe what fees or benefits (if any) you receive from participating in the competition.
The triple J upload agreement states you will not be paid any mechanical royalties from promotional downloads from the triple j unearthed website.
You will receive public performance royalties from APRA if your music work is played on triple j radio or on the triple j unearthed digital radio station.
The basic Bandcamp service is free. There are no signup costs or listing fees. 
Bandcamp deducts a revenue share on sales: 15% on digital sales and 10% on merchandising sales. 
The revenue share on digital sales drops from 15% to 10% when you reach US$5,000 in sales and you keep the discount provided you maintain sales of at least US$5,000 in the past 12 months. 
SoundCloud currently does not offer any sales services. 
You pay an ongoing subscription fee to maintain your account: Pro and Pro Unlimited subscriptions. Pro will be offered at the price of €3 monthly and €9 monthly for Pro Unlimited. 
SoundCloud offers a Pro Partner subscription. The price for Pro Partner varies from partner to partner.
You pay upload distribution set up fees:

  • Audio single or EP or Album: per single of AU$169 (exc. GST)
  • Music video: per music video of AU$199 (exc. GST)
  • Combined music video and audio album: per unit of $325 (exc. GST).

You pay an annual fee for each release:

  • Audio single, EP or Album: AU$100 (exc. GST)
  • Music video: AU$149 AUD exc. GST (exc. GST)

You receive 100% of net funds received from digital profits. 
If you generate more than AU$1,000 within a calendar quarter you will automatically commence a new 36 month term and be upgraded to a managed supported distribution service. 

Termination You may remove the sound recording at any time; however the ABC will retain a copy of the sound recording and will continue to be entitled to exercise all rights in the sound recording. Bandcamp may terminate your access to all or any part of the service at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.
Subscriptions to Bandcamp Pro can be cancelled at any time and the Bandcamp Pro services will continue for the duration of the monthly billing cycle for which you have already paid.
SoundCloud reserves the right to block, remove or delete any content at any time, and to limit or restrict access to any content, for any reason.

Agreement automatically renews at the end of 36 months. You may terminate the agreement at any time by paying AU$100 (ex GST), even if the time you decide to terminate is at the end of the 36 months.
Valleyarm may terminate your account if you breach the terms and conditions. 

You may terminate the agreement after 36 months from the date of signing by giving Valleyarm written notice of your intention to terminate at least 30 days prior to the end of the term and by ceasing to use any and all parts of Valleyarm from that day. 

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