content infringement guidelines
Infringements or Questionable Content
Artist Relationship Concerns
If a channel receives genuine artist complaints about the use of the artist’s content on the channel, they may reserve the right to remove any content to preserve the channel’s relationship with the artist.
Such removal of content shall be solely at the channel’s discretion and the channel will notify the our support team of the removed content. Provided the supply of that content is deemed as being for legitimate reasons, no strike will be applied against the applicable label.
Content Causing Damage to a Channel Brand
The channels reserve the right to remove from their services any content that can be in any manner harmful to the channel, its brand or its users.
Channels also reserve the right to apply a strike against the providing label if the channel deems it justified. If any content is taken down, the channel normally inform our support team about the takedown, the reason for the takedown, and whether the takedown has resulted in a strike or not against the applicable label.
Manipulation of Streams and Charts
Any tracks found to have suspicious streaming activity, including potential artificial manipulation of streams, shall be notified to the provider or tenant and may be immediately removed from the service pending investigation by the the channel´s Legal team in consultation with the content provider.
Content categories that may cause problems
1.1 Copyright-‐Infringing Content
Channels may remove artwork and/or sound recordings used without the rights holders’ permission.
1.2 Trademark-‐Infringing Content
Channels may remove trademarked artist names or logos in case these are used without the permission of the trademark owner. This includes misrepresenting a track as originating from or featuring another artist, or using an artist’s name in a misleading way.
A party complaining about such infringement would need to evidence a valid trademark or exclusive ownership in each claimed territory. Alternatively, the complaining party would have to demonstrate to the channel that the potentially infringing content is misrepresenting itself as content of the complaining party and that such content is likely to deceive users of the channel´s service.
In cases under 1.1 and 1.2 where ownership is not clear ,the parties may be brought together and will be expected to provide the channel in question with a mutual conclusion on the right to use the content/trademark. Generally, channels reserve the right to remove relevant content until a satisfactory conclusion is reached.
1.3 Offensive/Abusive/Defamatory/Obscene Content
Channels may remove content that, in their opinion, is likely to incite hatred or discrimination of any kind, whether related to race, religion, sexuality or otherwise, or content that is deemed offensive, abusive, defamatory, illegal, pornographic or obscene in any way.
1.4 Certain Recent Public Domain Content
At the channels´discretion, recordings less than 90 years old that by operation of law may fall into the public domain in some territories may not be treated as public domain recordings. Such recordings will be treated as protected by their last applicable copyright in a relevant territory.
1.5 Nazi-‐Related Content
Channels may remove Nazi-related content and content recognized as harmful by the BPjM (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende medien), prohibited by German authorities or as otherwise recognized by anti-Nazi laws in any applicable jurisdiction.