Additional Terms of Service for the Google Play Artist Hub

Additional Terms of Service for the Google Play Artist Hub

Last modified: December 16, 2014

Introduction. The artist hub offers a place for solo artists and bands to set up an artist page, tell their story, and promote their own music for sale by Google. You may use the artist hub only for your wholly original content or for content that you are absolutely positive you have authorization to use and permit Google to sell as set forth below. You must have both the sound recording rights and the composition rights for any music that you upload, plus all the rights for any album art, photo, bio, or other material that you submit -- and you need to have all those rights for multiple forms of distribution. If you reside outside the United States we can presently only accept your own original compositions, and so you may not upload recordings of songs from other artists (so called “cover versions”).

Additional Terms of Service for the Google Play Artist Hub

The Google Play artist hub (the "Service") is provided by Google Inc., located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. Your use of the Service is subject to these Additional Terms of Service for the Google Play artist hub ("Artist Terms") together with the terms contained in the agreements listed below ("Other Agreements"). Your use of the Service requires that you agree to the following terms. Please read these Artist Terms and the Other Agreements carefully. If you do not accept any part of the Artist Terms, then you may not use the Service. The Artist Terms together with the Other Agreements are collectively referred to here as the "Terms." The Other Agreements are:

Capitalized terms not defined in these Artist Terms have the meaning given to them in the Play Terms, as applicable.

The Google Privacy Policy and the Google Wallet Privacy Policy explain how we treat your personal data and protect your privacy.

The full Google Play artist hub is currently available only to residents of certain countries and territories (the “Available Territories”). Google may make certain limited tools related to the maintenance of Store Pages (without the ability to upload music for sale by Google) available to some Artists and Artist Representatives residing outside the Available Territories. If you reside in a permitted location outside of the Available Territories and you access those limited tools, then solely to the extent of and in relation to that access: (a) these Terms shall govern your use of those tools, and (b) all references to “Google” in the Terms are to be read as references to “Google Inc., Google Commerce Limited., Google Ireland Ltd., and its affiliates.”

1. Definitions.

2. Account Registration. In order to use the Service, you must register as a Google Play artist hub user using a valid Google account that is enabled to both make and receive payments through Google Wallet. If you do not already have a Google account, or do not have an account that is appropriately enabled for Google Wallet, you will be prompted to create one during the Artist Account creation process; you will be presented with the appropriate General Google Terms and/or Payment Terms, to which you must agree before proceeding. When establishing a Google Wallet account, you will be asked to provide relevant information to enable payments to your bank account for sales of your Albums and Tracks through Google Play. By creating or selecting a specific Google Wallet-linked account for use in connection with an artist hub account, you are representing and warranting that you have the right to use that account generally, as well as the right to use it specifically to receive, control, manage, and disburse payments for any artist hub activities that you undertake through the Service. You will provide only accurate, complete, and current information in connection with registration process, the creation of any Artist Account, or any request to associate a Store Page with an Artist Account.

3. Artist Identity, Store Page Association. Unless acting as an Artist Representative, you may associate your Artist Account with only one Artist name and Identity. You will be given an opportunity to search for your own Artist name when establishing your Artist Account (and if acting as an Artist Representative, when adding one or more Artists to your Artist Account). If Google has created an Artist Template for your Identity and makes it available on Google Play artist hub search results during the Account association process, you may select that Artist Template as the basis for your Store Page. You shall not select or use as a Store Page any page that (a) reflects the name or Identity of another person or artist with the intent to impersonate them, or (b) is subject to the rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization. Google reserves the right to refuse, cancel, or suspend any registration, selection, association, or any use or association of a Store Page for any reason, including if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the Store Page does not reflect the Identity of the Artist using or attempting to use it, whether as a result of error or intentional misrepresentation. Intentional misrepresentation is a violation of our Music Policies with consequences up to and including account termination. Further, Google may remove any Artist Content from Google Play and Store Page in its sole discretion.

4. License from Artist; Restriction for Non-U.S. Artists. Artist grants to Google all rights necessary to use the Artist Sound Recordings and Artist Content in connection with Google Play in accordance with the Terms, including, without limitation, a worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to (a) make and store on Google’s servers such copies of Artist Sound Recordings and Artist Content as may be required for the uses licensed hereunder, including without limitation (i) in Artist Tracks and Artist Albums, and (ii) for research, development and internal tools; (b) sell and distribute Artist Tracks and Artist Albums through Google Play, including, at Artist’s election, for Pre-Order; (c) encode, stream and make available to the public Previews and Promotional Streams; (d) stream Social Recommendations; (e) stream, make publicly available and distribute copies of Artist Tracks and Artist Albums to user from Single Server Copies, including the right to provide continued access to any Artist Sound Recording and any associated Artist Content from its Single Server Copy to any purchasers who previously purchased a copy of that Artist Sound Recording from Google Play, in order to facilitate that purchaser’s permanent ability to access the purchase as authorized, regardless of when such access occurs (including after any expiration or termination of the Terms); and (f) with respect to Artist Sound Recordings for which Artist has opted into any additional promotions, stream and/or distribute those Artist Sound Recordings consistent with the additional promotion. Artists who reside outside of the United States may not upload any Tracks consisting of recordings of compositions that are owned or controlled by any third party or that are not otherwise such Artist’s sole, original content. For the sake of clarity, Artist represents that it has all the necessary rights in the compositions embodied in the Artist Tracks uploaded for exploitation of them in the United States.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Artists who reside in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgystan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Terr., Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara and Yemen ("Pass-Through Territories") also represent and warrant they full control rights in compositions embodied in the Artist Tracks and Albums for exploitation in the Pass Through Territories and are capable of licensing all necessary rights in them for exploitation on Google Play.

5. Fees.

6. Representations and Warranties. By uploading any Music or Artist Content to the Site:

7. Disputes, Transfers and Terminations. Should you at any time lose your rights to manage any aspect of your Identity, Store Page, Artist Content, Artist Sound Recordings, or Artist Compositions (collectively, “Artist Portfolio”), you must immediately stop using the Google Play artist hub in connection with that aspect of your Artist Portfolio except as and only to the extent necessary to achieve or effect the termination of the Artist Account and/or to decouple the association of an Artist Account with an Artist Representative (“Termination”) or, if applicable, the transfer of the Artist Account to another person, Artist, or Artist Representative (“Transfer”). In the event of a dispute between or among you and any third party (including an Artist Representative) surrounding the scope or validity of your authorization to manage any aspect of your Artist Portfolio) (“Dispute”), you must immediately stop using the artist hub as to any aspect of your Artist Portfolio that is under dispute while the Dispute is pending, except as and only to the extent necessary to carry out any Termination or Transfer following the settlement of a Dispute. It is your responsibility, along with the applicable third party, to resolve any Dispute or other conflict related to or arising from your Artist Portfolio, or your use of the Service. Google will have no obligation to participate in resolving any Disputes but reserves the right to suspend, limit or terminate any Artist Account, or to decouple any Artist Representative association with an Artist Account, at any time, in its sole discretion, and for any reason (including without limitation during the pendency or following the resolution of any Dispute known to it).

Google shall have no liability to you, any Artist Representative, or to any third party in connection with the association, coupling, suspension, limitation, decoupling, re-association, Transfer, Termination, or other disposition of any account, including Artist Accounts, nor for the disposition of any Artist Content or Artist Sound Recordings as a result of such action. Google may at its election, at any time and for any reason, require you or any other party to provide evidence that demonstrates to Google’s full satisfaction any mutual agreement, legal order or other document that relates to, compels or authorizes: (a) any particular resolution of a Dispute; (b) any Termination; (c) any Transfer; or (d) your continuation or cessation as an Artist or Artist Representative with authority to manage your Artist Portfolio, and you will provide such evidence promptly upon request. You will not engage in or knowingly permit the abusive, fraudulent, coercive, or punitive use of the Service for any reason, including in connection with any Dispute, Termination, or Transfer.

8. Copyright Notices. It is Google's policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable intellectual property law (including, in the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the local implementations of the European E-Commerce Directive) and to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers. Details of Google's policy can be found at

9. Termination. If you fail to comply with any material term of these Terms, Google may terminate your rights hereunder without notice. In case of such termination, Google may immediately revoke your access to the Service without notice to you and without refund of any fees. Subject to Section 4(e), which survives any termination or expiration of these Terms, You may terminate this Agreement as set forth in the General Google Terms, or simply by ceasing to use the Google Play artist hub and withdrawing your Artist Content, Artist Sound Recordings and related material from the Service. All other provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination or expiration shall survive such termination or expiration of these Terms.