User Content Submission

Last modified: March 5, 2014

User Content Submission

This is the official user content submission agreement (“User Content Submission Agreement”) for RockBand.com, TheBeatlesRockBand.com, DanceCentral.com, GreenDayRockBand.com, vidrhythm.com, ChromaGame.com, PlayChroma.com, HarmonixMusic.com (the “Websites”) and any software, games, applications, content, activities and services (“Applications”) made available by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. (“Harmonix,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) including, but not limited to, through digital distribution platforms, social networking websites or any mobile versions thereof. The Websites and the Applications are referred to herein as the “Services” and the Services are provided by Harmonix. Please read this User Content Submission Agreement carefully because it is a part of the Terms of Use Agreement and represents your legally binding agreement with us regarding your submission (and our display, use and distribution) of content to us via the Services or by other means, and this User Content Submission Agreement applies regardless of what type of Device or method you use to submit content to us. Unless defined herein, terms used in this User Content Submission Agreement are defined in our Terms of Use Agreement.

When you submit User Content (as defined below), you are signifying your agreement with and acceptance of all terms and conditions of this User Content Submission Agreement as well as the terms and conditions contained in the Terms of Use Agreement that govern your legal and contractual relationship with Harmonix.

We have the right to change the terms and conditions of this User Content Submission Agreement at any time as described in our Terms of Use Agreement. If you do not agree with all the terms and conditions of this User Content Submission Agreement at any time, including, without limitation, those times when we make changes, do not submit any User Content to us.  If you do submit any User Content to us, you are agreeing to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of this User Content Submission Agreement, including, without limitation, any changes we have made.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must meet the Age Requirements in Section 2 of this User Content Submission Agreement and each and every time you submit or attempt to submit User Content, among other things, you will be asked to confirm your compliance.

  1. Submitting User Content.

    We may now or in the future offer you the opportunity to create, build, post, upload, display, publish, distribute, transmit, broadcast or otherwise make available User Content, including, but not limited to, through the Services.  The term “User Content” means and refers to any and all content, media and materials you submit to us, whether via the Services or through any other means, including, without limitation, still photographs, writings, spoken statements, music, audio, video, video recordings, audio-visual works and recordings, slides, portraits, animated and/or motion pictures, caricatures, likenesses, vocal or other sounds, sound recordings, voices, voice reproductions, computer graphics and visual effects, as well as any accompanying documentation, packaging or other materials, tangible or intangible, and to all derivative works, translations, adaptations or variations of same, regardless of the tangible medium, broadcast medium, format or form, now known or hereinafter developed or discovered, and regardless of where produced, on location, in a studio or elsewhere, in black-and-white or in color, alone or in conjunction with other work, characters, real or imaginary, in any part of the world. User Content is also considered a “Posting”, as such term defined in the Terms of Use Agreement, and therefore, all terms and conditions contained within the section of the Terms of Use Agreement titled “Postings” shall apply to all User Content.

    We may allow you to submit User Content through forums, blogs, message boards, social networking environments, content creation tools, gameplay, social communities, e-mail, messaging and other communications functionality related to the Services. Each time you upload or submit User Content (or if you attempt to do so) you will be confirming your acceptance of, and agreement to be bound by, all the terms and conditions of this User Content Submission Agreement. Instructions for uploading User Content can be found on that Service’s web page or other manual for the upload of User Content. To be considered for posting and display to the public, User Content must meet all the specifications and requirements relating to formatting, compatibility, operating characteristics and submission which can also be found on that Service’s web page or other manual for the upload of User Content. In order to submit User Content, you will also need to meet our Age Requirements (see Section 2 below).

    When you submit User Content you may also be asked to provide some information about you and your submission. This may include, without limitation, such things as a descriptive title, some information about the User Content, length, your location and/or similar information. Always keep a copy of anything you send because we are not responsible for lost, damaged, misdirected, unusable or unreadable User Content. Proof that you submitted User Content does not constitute proof that we received anything.

  2. Age Requirements.

    By submitting User Content, you are certifying that you satisfy the age eligibility and requirements set forth in the Terms of Use Agreement.

  3. User Content Standards; Unauthorized Content.

    You are solely responsible and liable for your communications and submissions (and the consequences) made under your name, user name, email address, password and your registration and profile information, if any. User Content does not reflect the views of Harmonix, and neither Harmonix, nor any of its Affiliates, represents or guarantees the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any User Content, or endorses or supports any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Harmonix or its Affiliates have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content. If we determine, in our sole discretion, you have not met the Age Requirements (see Section 2 above) or if, in our judgment, you or any User Content you submit violates this User Content Submission Agreement or for any other reason, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights we may have under this User Content Submission Agreement, at law or in equity, to (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content, (b) remove and delete your User Content, (c) revoke your registration and right to use the Services and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this User Content Submission Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access using your e-mail address, your user name and password.

    We make no claim that the Services or any User Content are appropriate for any particular purpose or audience, or that any video, software or our Services may be accessed, used or downloaded outside of the United States, which may not be legal for certain persons or in certain countries and you do so at your own risk. You are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction. The United States controls the export of products and information and you agree to comply with such restrictions and not to export or re-export any User Content including videos, information, software, materials, products or services to countries or persons prohibited under the export control laws and regulations.

    You agree you will not submit or attempt to submit, and we have the right to reject, refuse to accept, remove or otherwise handle as Harmonix deems appropriate, any “Unauthorized Content” which is defined as any User Content that is or could be construed as violating any of the terms and conditions of this User Content Submission Agreement, and/or any of the terms and conditions set forth in our Terms of Use Agreement, including, without limitation:

    • infringing on a third party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights;

    • causing harm, harassing anyone or which may prevent, prohibit, inhibit, restrict or otherwise impair others from using or enjoying the Services;

    • unauthorized access to the Services or information of other users;

    • the modification, impairment, disruption, alteration or interference with the use, features, functions, operation or maintenance of the Services; or

    • any requirements, rules, terms or conditions that may be applicable to the Services.

      Neither Harmonix nor its Affiliates control any User Content submitted, although we may use both automated and manual means of reviewing User Content in order to prevent Unauthorized Content from appearing and being displayed on our Services. Harmonix reserves the right to review any submitted User Content and to delete, remove, move, edit or reject, without notice to you, any User Content that we deem, in our sole discretion, abusive, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, in violation of copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights, to be in violation of this User Content Submission Agreement or to be unacceptable to Harmonix or its Affiliates, for any reason or for no reason whatsoever; provided, however, that Harmonix shall have no obligation or liability to you for failure to do so or for doing so in any particular manner. If Harmonix receives notice of any claim of infringement that satisfies specific legal requirements, such as notice and takedown requirements under U.S. copyright law (see Section 4 below), we may remove User Content associated with such claim. Harmonix reserves the right to provide information to law enforcement officials, governmental agencies and pursuant to judicial or regulatory compulsion, to protect their respective interests, the Services or to comply with legal, regulatory, audit and compliance obligations.

  4. Copyright Infringement.

    If you believe any User Content violates the copyright of any other party, you can notify us by complying with the procedures set forth in our Copyright Compliance Policy.

  5. Rights Granted to Harmonix.

    In connection with all User Content you submit to us, you grant to Harmonix and its Affiliates the unqualified, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual and royalty free right, license, authorization and permission, in any form or format, on or through any media or medium and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed or discovered, in whole or in part, to host, cache, store, maintain, use, reproduce, distribute, display, exhibit, perform, publish, broadcast, transmit, modify, prepare derivative works of, adapt, reformat, translate, make, sell, re-sell, distribute and otherwise exploit all or any portion of your User Content on the Services (regardless of the Device through which the Services may be accessed) and any other channels, services, and other distribution platforms, whether currently existing or existing or developed in the future, of Harmonix and its Affiliates (collectively, the “Platforms”), for any purpose whatsoever (including, without limitation, for any promotional purposes) without accounting, notification, credit or other obligation to you, and the right to license and sub-license and authorize others to exercise any of the rights granted hereunder to Harmonix and its Affiliates, in our sole discretion. For the avoidance of doubt, without limiting the generality of the rights granted to Harmonix and its Affiliates, these rights include, without limitation, the right to distribute and synchronize all or any portion of your User Content in timed relation to any other visual elements; to web cast, pod cast, re-publish, re-broadcast, re-platform, port, syndicate, route, and link to and from all or any portion of your User Content; to encrypt, encode and decode, and compress and decompress all or any portion of your User Content; to edit, mix, combine, merge, distort, superimpose, create or add special effects, illusions and/or other material to or of all or any portion of your User Content; to create composite, stunt, comic or unusual photographs, videos, animations, motion pictures and/or voice reproductions from all or a portion of your User Content; and to excerpt and/or extract portions of your User Content in order to host, store, index, categorize and display your User Content on or through the Platforms.

    By submitting User Content, in addition to the rights, licenses and privileges referred to above, you are also granting Harmonix and its Affiliates the unqualified, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual and royalty free right, license, authorization and permission to use and refer to your name, logo, marks, image, characteristic or other distinctive identification in presentations, marketing materials, customer lists and financial reports, to do, perform, take advantage of and exploit any and all of the rights set forth herein in connection with the marketing, advertising and promotion of the Platforms, and any products, goods, features, functions, capabilities and/or services associated with Harmonix and its Affiliates and to use and otherwise exploit any ideas, concepts, content, material, expression or form of expression, in whole or in part, contained in your User Content, for any purpose whatsoever, without any credit, compensation or accounting to you, in products or services developed by Harmonix and its Affiliates, without limitation or restriction whatsoever.

    The rights, licenses and privileges described in this User Content Submission Agreement and granted to Harmonix and its Affiliates shall commence immediately upon submission of your User Content and continue thereafter perpetually and indefinitely, regardless of whether you continue or remain a registered user or not, unless and until terminated, in whole or in part, by Harmonix on notice to you. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that neither Harmonix, nor its Affiliates, shall be required or have any obligation to host, index, display, accept or use any submitted User Content (or take advantage of any or all of the particular rights and authorities granted or otherwise available) and Harmonix may, in its sole discretion, remove or refuse to host, index, display, accept, use or do anything at all with respect to any User Content. Once you submit or attempt to submit User Content you shall have no right to prohibit, restrict, revoke or terminate any of the rights granted to Harmonix or its Affiliates. You are not entitled to and you will not receive any compensation or other consideration for your User Content or any use made of your User Content once submitted. You also understand and agree that neither all or any portion of your User Content, nor any commercial, advertisement, promotional, marketing or other material associated with your User Content, need to be submitted for approval prior to use.

    You hereby release Harmonix and its Affiliates from any and all claims of any rights, encumbrances, liens, claims, demands, actions or suits which you may or can have in connection with your User Content, including, without limitation, any and all liability for any use or nonuse of the your User Content, claims for defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, emotional distress or economic loss. Harmonix and its Affiliates have the right to assign, transfer, convey, license, sub-license and otherwise transfer, sub-contract, delegate, outsource or engage third parties to perform or benefit from all or any portion of its or their rights and/or obligations to any one or more other parties, without accounting, reporting, notification or other obligation or liability to you whatsoever, now or in the future. You also forever waive and relinquish all moral rights or droit moral now or hereafter recognized in connection with your User Content and the rights granted to Harmonix, and its Affiliates hereunder.

    Harmonix has the right to license, authorize and/or otherwise enter into agreements and arrangements with any Affiliates to do or perform any of the activities, exercise any of the rights and/or undertake any of the responsibilities granted or imposed under this User Content Submission Agreement, in whole or in part. To the extent Harmonix does so, when you submit User Content each such Affiliate shall be entitled to exercise and benefit from the terms and conditions, rights, licenses and authorizations granted to Harmonix hereunder and related thereto as if you had entered into this User Content Submission Agreement with such Affiliate directly.

  6. Ownership.

    Harmonix retains all right, title and interest in and to the Services, including, without limitation, to all associated intellectual property and proprietary rights existing anywhere in the world and you acquire no right, title or interest in or to the Services.

    Except for the licenses, authorizations, consents and rights granted hereunder and described in this User Content Submission Agreement, as comprehensive and broad as they may seem or actually be, Harmonix acquires no title or ownership rights in or to any User Content you submit and nothing in this User Content Submission Agreement conveys to us any ownership rights in your User Content, except to the extent your User Content incorporates copyrighted materials of Harmonix. Harmonix is acting only as a host, bulletin board or conduit for submitted User Content, with all of the specific rights granted by you hereunder. Although by your submission of any User Content you are requesting and directing us and any of the Affiliates with whom we have made arrangements, to take advantage of and exploit all of the rights and privileges granted hereunder (including, without limitation, the right to display and post the User Content on the Platforms), neither we, nor any of the Affiliates have any obligation to do any of these things.

    You represent that you own the rights to the User Content you submit and the right to grant all of the authorizations, permissions, approvals, consents, rights and licenses as described in this User Content Submission Agreement. If you do not exclusively own all of these rights, you must have all necessary authorizations, permissions, approvals, consents, rights and licenses from the owner(s) to enter into this User Content Submission Agreement and perform and comply with all of its obligations. You represent, warrant and covenant to Harmonix and, by submitting User Content, you reaffirm each such representation, warranty and covenant, that (a) you are not a minor and you have the legal right and capability to enter into this User Content Submission Agreement and perform and comply with all of its terms and condition or, if you are a minor, your parent or legal guardian has agreed to this User Content Submission Agreement on your behalf, (b) all of the information provided by you associated with your User Content is correct, complete and current, (c) your submission of any User Content does not violate this User Content Submission Agreement, any rights of any other party, any of your obligations, any law or regulation or infringe upon or misappropriates any intellectual property, privacy, publicity or other rights of any party, (d) you accept the Terms of Use Agreement, including, without limitation, those provisions relating to Postings and (e) you hold and will continue to hold all the ownership, license, proprietary and other rights necessary to enter into, authorize, grant rights and perform your obligations under this User Content Submission Agreement as described. Upon the request of Harmonix, you will furnish Harmonix any documentation, substantiation and releases necessary and reasonably required to verify and substantiate your compliance with any or all of the terms and conditions of this User Content Submission Agreement, including, without limitation, the foregoing representations, warranties and covenants. You represent and warrant that the submission of your User Content is not subject to or under the jurisdiction of any guild or union collective bargaining agreement, and you further acknowledge that Harmonix is not a signatory to any such agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, you also understand and agree that Harmonix shall not be obligated or responsible for providing any guild or residual payments in connection with the submission and exploitation of the User Content.

    You acknowledge that other persons may have submitted User Content to us, may have made public or developed, or may originate, submit, make public or develop, material similar or identical to all or a portion of your User Content or concepts contained therein, and you understand and agree you will not be entitled to any compensation because of the use or exploitation thereof and the submission of User Content, or any posting or display thereof, is not any admission of novelty, priority or originality. Even if you subsequently see or learn of a presentation, motion picture, still photograph, film, video or any other content which appears to incorporate any idea or concept or include anything similar or identical to that contained in any User Content you or anyone else submits, that is purely coincidental and unavoidable.

  7. Financial Consideration.

    Harmonix reserves the sole and exclusive right to sell advertising and otherwise exploit, benefit from and/or realize revenue from the conduct of its business and operating the Services or other Platforms or media and any and all arrangements made with respect thereto, without accounting, obligation or liability to you, notwithstanding that your User Content may be displayed on or otherwise used by or in connection with the Services or other Platforms or media.

  8. Non-Confidentiality and Unsolicited Materials

    Except as otherwise described in our Privacy Policy or any Additional Terms, you agree that your User Content will be treated as non-confidential – regardless of whether you mark them “confidential,” “proprietary,” or the like – and will not be returned, and that Harmonix does not assume any obligation of any kind to you or any third party with respect to your User Content. You acknowledge that Internet and mobile communications may be subject to breaches of security and that you are aware that submissions of User Content may not be secure, and you will consider this before submitting any User Content and do so at your own risk.  In your communications with Harmonix, please keep in mind that, we do not seek any unsolicited ideas or materials for products or services, or even improvements to products or services, such as ideas, concepts, inventions, or designs for game productions or equipment, books, scripts, screenplays, motion pictures, television shows, theatrical productions, or otherwise (collectively, “Unsolicited Materials”). Any Unsolicited Materials you post on or send to us via the Services are deemed User Content and licensed to us as set forth herein. In addition, we retains all of the rights held by members of the general public with regard to your Unsolicited Materials. Harmonix’s receipt of your Unsolicited Materials is not an admission by us of their novelty, priority, or originality, and it does not impair our right to contest existing or future intellectual property rights relating to your Unsolicited Materials.

  9. Indemnification.

    Your indemnification obligations under the Terms of Use Agreement include, without limitation, any third party claims arising from, related to or caused by your User Content, the submission of User Content and/or in any way associated with this User Content Submission Agreement and/or the Services.

  10. Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability.

    THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITH NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED AND YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR USER CONTENT, THE REPRESENTATIONS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THIS USER CONTENT SUBMISSION AGREEMENT AND FOR ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES. HARMONIX EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES CONCERNING ACCESS TO AND/OR THE AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY, USEFULNESS AND/OR SECURITY OF THE SERVICES, ANY CONTENT, MATERIAL, SOFTWARE, INFORMATION, DATA, SOFTWARE, CAPABILITIES MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU, RESOURCES, FACILITIES, PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES, AND WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR THAT THE SERVICES WILL FUNCTION OR PERFORM IN ANY PARTICULAR MANNER. THE SERVICES ARE MAINTAINED ON SERVERS IN THE UNITED STATES INTENDED FOR USERS AND USE OF THE SERVICES WHERE NOT RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATION. HARMONIX DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY USE NOT SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED OR THAT IS IN VIOLATION OF THIS USER CONTENT SUBMISSION AGREEMENT OR THE LAWS OR REGULATIONS THAT MAY APPLY TO YOU IN ANY JURISDICTION OR COUNTRY. HARMONIX EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, HOWSOEVER ARISING OR CAUSED, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION OR THE BASIS OR CHARACTERIZATION OF THE CLAIM AND EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES.

  11. General.

    The Terms of Use Agreement, incorporating this User Content Submission Agreement, is the entire agreement between you and us relating to User Content and your use of the Services and supersedes any prior or inconsistent agreements. Harmonix may terminate this User Content Submission Agreement with you and your right to use the Services at any time without notice to you.

    This User Content Submission Agreement was last modified on the date indicated above and is effective immediately.

Copyright © 2014 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. – All Rights Reserved.