Distributor Terms of Service

These Terms of Service are a legal agreement between You and the Distributor (Secret Star Distribution). They apply to the Distributor’s provision and Your use of the Distributor’s platforms, sites, applications or Services.

Your access to the Services is permitted by the Distributor on the assumption that You have accepted these Terms, and in consideration for that acceptance. If You do not agree to the terms, You are not permitted to access the Services in any manner. If You do (whether you make use of them or not), You are deemed to have agreed to these Terms in their entirety. Your agreement with the Distributor includes any specific additional terms and policies that apply to any specific Services You use.

 

    1. DEFINITIONS

Automated Access” means use of a process, script, webcrawler, software or other methodology that:

        1. permits a user that is not a human user to access the Services as a user; or
        2. monitors any activity in connection with the Services; and
        3. regardless of whether the Distributor is aware of the nature of such access.

Circumstance” means any fact, matter, circumstance or claim that occasions Losses.

The Distributor” means Secret Star Distribution

Fees and Charges” means the fees specified in the Schedule of these Terms as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 7.3 herein.

Intellectual Property Rights” means intellectual property rights conferred on a party or recognised at Law in any territory throughout the world including any rights associated with copyright, trade marks, business names, patents, innovation concepts, semiconductor rights, formulae, trade secrets, methods, circuit layouts, inventions and any other results of intellectual activity in any field of industry or endeavour, whether or not registered or registerable and includes any right to register those rights, whether created before or after the date of this document.

Law” means, with reference to any applicable jurisdiction, any statute, regulation, bylaw or a provision of a statute, regulation, or bylaw and includes, without limitation, any statutory rule, or ruling by a statutory body.

Losses” means any losses, liabilities, damages, costs, charges or expenses (including lawyers' fees and expenses on a full indemnity basis), and fines and penalties, however arising.

Music Release” means any sound recordings, video recordings, pictures, literary works or other media introduced to the Service.

Services” means the online, web-based applications, platforms or websites for digital distribution of Music Releases and services ancillary to the digital distribution of Music Releases.

Terms” means this document.

You” or “Your means any party who accesses the Services, regardless of the nature of that access or if that party is or is not identified to the Distributor.

Your User Account” means Your online account provided by the Distributor for your operation and enjoyment of Your own personalised experience of the Services that is accessed using Your personal preferences and containing personal information provided by You.

 

    1. HOW TO READ THESE TERMS
       
      1. References – People and Parties

In this document a reference to:

        1. one gender includes the others;
        2. the singular includes the plural and the plural includes the singular;
        3. a person includes a body corporate;
        4. a party includes the party’s executors, administrators, successors and permitted assigns.
      1. References – Statutes and currency

In this document a reference to a Law includes:

        1. that Law as amended or re-enacted from time to time;
        2. a statute, regulation or provision enacted in replacement of that Law; and
        3. another regulation or other statutory instrument made or issued under that Law; and
        4. money is to Australian dollars, unless otherwise stated.
      1. Interpretation – General

In this document:

        1. “including” and similar expressions are not words of limitation;
        2. a reference to a clause or schedule is a reference to a clause of or a schedule to the Terms;
        3. a reference to an agreement or document (including, without limitation, a reference to the Terms) is to the agreement or document as amended, novated or replaced;
        4. where a word or expression is given a particular meaning, other parts of speech and grammatical forms of that word or expression have a corresponding meaning;
        5. headings are for convenience only and do not form part of this document or affect its interpretation;
        6. a provision of the Terms must not be construed to the disadvantage of a party merely because that party was responsible for the preparation of the Terms; and
        7. all references to time are to the time in Brisbane.

           
    1. THE SERVICES
       
      1. Digital Distribution and Ancillary Services

You acknowledge that the Services consist of online, web-based applications, platforms or websites that allow users to digitally distribute Music Releases and access services ancillary to the digital distribution of Music Releases.

      1. Use

You accept the following terms in respect of Your use of the Services:

        1. After You have created a User Account with the Distributor, You may use the Services to upload and distribute Your Music Release.
        2. the Distributor has the right to make any changes to the Services at any time including any action to modify, amend, suspend or discontinue all of or any part of the Services within the Distributor’s discretion and without notice.
        3. You are solely responsible for Your Music Release.
        4. You acknowledge that Your User Account is not a data storage facility for materials or information that You wish to retain. the Distributor reserves the right to delete Music Releases stored using the Services at any time without notice, and this may directly affect Your Music Releases. If You wish to keep Your Music Releases perpetually, You should take other measures to ensure storage of Your Music Releases.
      1. Intellectual Property

The Distributor owns all rights in the Service including copyrighted works, trademarks, designs, inventions, and other intellectual property including the look and feel of the Services. You agree not to copy, distribute, modify, or make derivative works of any of the Services or use any of the Distributor’s intellectual property rights in any way not expressly permitted by us.

 

    1. YOUR USER ACCOUNT WITH THE DISTRIBUTOR
      1. Your Responsibilities

You must operate Your User Account in accordance with the Distributor's directions and in particular, You agree to the following:

        1. You have permission to use and operate Your User Account, but the extent of that use and operation is at the Distributor's sole discretion. the Distributor may maintain Your User Account differently to the accounts of other Users.
        2. Your User Account must only be operated by You on Your own behalf. You must not operate Your User Account on behalf of anyone else, including (without limitation) to an organisation that is not a natural person (Organisation). However, if the Distributor permits You to open a User Account on behalf of an Organisation, then:
          1. the word “You” in these Terms includes both You and the Organisation;
          2. You represent that You are authorised to represent the Organisation and that You have the authority to bind the Organisation to the Terms.
        3. You take full responsibility for everything done through Your User Account and in particular:
          1. You agree not to share the login credentials for Your User Account with any other person without the Distributor's consent, or permit any automated use of Your User Account;
          2. You agree to use a password for Your User Account that is not easily guessable and likely to remain secure (incorporating upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols);
          3. You agree to notify the Distributor straight away if You suspect another party has access to Your login credentials or if You suspect that another party is conducting activity through Your User Account.
        4. You must only give the Distributor accurate and complete information about You when You create Your User Account. If Your details are changed after creating Your User Account, You must update the relevant information.
        5. You agree that the Distributor may send You email or other electronic messages concerning Your User Account, the Distributor and its commercial partners from time to time. You will have the right to opt out of such electronic messages except those concerning Your User Account.

           
    1. MUSIC RELEASE
       
      1. Your Responsibility for Music Release

You are responsible for any Music Releases You introduce to the Services. You should be careful about what Music Releases You choose to introduce. You acknowledge that introducing Music Releases on the Services does not constitute an act of registering that Music Release for copyright in any jurisdiction. You are also responsible for ensuring that the Music Release You introduce does not breach the Intellectual Property Rights of any third party.

      1. Prohibited Music Release

The Distributor reserves its discretion to prohibit certain types of Music Releases (Prohibited Music Release) that:

        1. promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group;
        2. is violent or threatening or promotes self-harm;
        3. promotes harmful activities or substances in breach of any Law,
        4. infringes a third party’s Intellectual Property Rights, or violates a third party’s rights of publicity or privacy;
        5. breaches any Law or would result in civil liability;
        6. is fraudulent, false, misleading or deceptive;
        7. is racist, defamatory, pornographic, offensive or vulgar; or
        8. is otherwise deemed by the Distributor (in their absolute discretion) to be unsuitable.

You agree that You will not introduce Prohibited Music Releases into the Services.

      1. Agency Appointment
        1. You appoint the Distributor as your perpetual, non-exclusive, agent to sell, distribute and otherwise exploit the release of any Music Release you introduce to the Services within the territory selected by you (provided that if you fail to select a territory, then you shall be deemed to have selected the entire world) and to collect all income so derived (the “Your Income”).
        2. You grant the Distributor a perpetual, non-exclusive, licence to use any Music Release that You introduce to the Services within the territory selected by you (provided that if you fail to select a territory, then you shall be deemed to have selected the entire world) for the purposes of or in connection with clause 5.3(a) herein.
        3. You authorise and consent to the Distributor engaging any sub-agent or other third party to:
          1. perform any obligations under these Terms; or
          2. exercise any of its rights under these Terms.
        4. Subject to any applicable law, You authorise the Distributor to deduct from and set off against Your Income without notice or demand all amounts owing by You to the Distributor under these Terms or otherwise (including, without limitation, all Fees and Charges or amounts owing pursuant to clause 10 herein).
        5. You authorise the Distributor to pay from Your Income to third parties any fees, cost, charges or other expenses incurred for You or on Your behalf by the Distributor in connection with these Terms, including (without limitation) any expenses incurred for the engagement of a sub-agent in accordance with the terms of this agreement.
        6. You acknowledge and agree that the Distributor is not required to keep your money separate from its own money or any other monies and the Distributor holds Your income as a debtor.
        7. You acknowledge that Your Income will be pooled into an interest-bearing account with the income from other parties that use the Services until you withdraw such funds. You agree that you will not receive interest or other earnings on Your Income that the Distributor handles as your agent and places in such pooled account. In consideration for your use of the Services, you irrevocably transfer and assign to the Distributor any right that you may have in any interest that may accrue on Your Income held in such pooled account. In addition to or instead of earning interest on such pooled account, the Distributor may receive a reduction in fees or expenses charged for banking services by the banks that hold Your Income.
        8. You acknowledge that Your Income will be received by the Distributor from a range of digital service providers (eg, Apple, Spotify, Amazon, etc), in pooled amounts with the income from other parties that use the Services, at various times and in various currencies. You authorise the Distributor as your agent to give effect to currency conversions from time to time at rates determined by the Distributor in its absolute discretion. You agree that if there is a margin (the “Margin”) between the various currency conversion rates obtained in respect of the pooled funds and the final currency rate You receive (which shall be determined by the Distributor acting reasonably), then the Distributor may retain the Margin. In part consideration for your use of the Services, you irrevocably transfer and assign to the Distributor any right that you may have in any Margin in connection with the conversion of pooled funds.

           
    1. PROHIBITED ACTIONS
       
      1. What’s not permitted?

The Distributor may suspend, ban or delete Your User Account if:

        1. You lie or mislead the Distributor about Your details, Your Music Releases or any other Music Releases;
        2. You introduce a Music Release that is a Prohibited Music Release (including, without limitation, fraudulent and artificial streaming), or breaches the Intellectual Property Rights of a third party;
        3. You introduce a Music Release that is deemed by the Distributor (in their absolute discretion) to be unsuitable;
        4. You commence the process of attempting to open a new account after the Distributor has banned you from the Services or otherwise restricted or terminated Your User Account;
        5. You switch control of Your User Account to another person;
        6. You act in a manner that results in detriment to the Distributor, other Users, or if You act in a manner that the Distributor considers to be unacceptable in view of generally accepted online or offline etiquette or behavioural standards and policies;
        7. You are involved in any activity that constitutes scraping or replicating the Services or Music Releases from the Services for the benefit of other platforms, engines or applications not connected to or approved by the Distributor, unless the purpose of that activity is for the purposes of assisting search engines or platforms containing public web navigation indexes;
        8. You attempt to hack into or cause damage to any aspect of the Services, or You attempt to gain unauthorised access to information held by the Distributor;
        9. You attempt to sabotage the operation of the Services by overloading them with data;
        10. You attempt to compile, decompile, disassemble, replicate, licence or distribute any aspect of the Services in a manner not expressly approved by the Distributor; or
        11. You don’t comply with something that the Distributor requires You to do.

           
    1. FEES AND PAYMENT
       
      1. Fees and Charges

You must pay any Fees and Charges to the Distributor immediately as they become due and payable.

      1. Payment Requirements
        1. You must make payments under these Terms to the Distributor:
          1. without set‑off, counterclaim, withholding or deduction; and
          2. by any method the Distributor reasonably requires (which may be by deduction from Your Income).
        2. The Distributor need not make demand for any amount payable by You.
        3. Expiry or termination of these Terms does not affect Your obligations to make payments under these Terms for periods before then.
        4. Time is essential for all obligations of Yours to pay money under these Terms.
      2. Changes to Services Fees

the Distributor reserves the right to change the Fees and Charges whenever the Distributor considers it necessary to do so within the Distributor’s absolute discretion. Subject to any applicable law, by continuing to use the Service after change takes effect, You will have accepted the changed Fees and Charges. If you do not agree to the changed Fees and Charges, you can reject the change by de-activating your User Account and terminating these Terms in accordance with clause 8.2.
 

    1. TERMINATION
       
      1. Distributor’s Termination Rights

The Distributor can terminate these Terms at any time for any reason. The Distributor may retain Your user information, Music Releases You have introduced, or other information personal to You for archival, backup and disaster recovery purposes. If the Terms are terminated by the Distributor, all of Your obligations in these Terms that are intended to continue remain binding on You.

      1. Your Termination Rights

You can terminate these Terms at any time for any reason. If You do so, You must notify the Distributor by de-activating your User Account, and cease to use the Services in any way. If You resume use of the Services at any stage after You have notified the Distributor of Your termination, or request re-activation of your User Account, You indicate that You have re-accepted these Terms, and they will bind You and the Distributor accordingly.

    1. PRIVACY

The Distributor is committed to ensuring that You can enjoy the Services while safeguarding Your private information. You must review the Distributor’s privacy policy located here: https://distro.secretstar.us/privacy.php  (“Privacy Policy”) to ensure You know how You can make the best use of the Services without compromising Your privacy.
 

    1. LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY
       
      1. Liability

Subject to any Law applying to the Terms that expressly prevents application of this provision, notwithstanding any other provision of these Terms, the liability of the Distributor, if any, for anything arising out of or in connection with the supply of the Services (other than any liability incurred as a result of the Distributor’s obligation to meet a statutory guarantee or warranty imposed by a Law), where the Services are not of a kind ordinarily acquired for personal, domestic or household use or consumption, is limited at the Distributor’s option to:

        1. the Distributor’s costs incurred in actually supplying the Services; or
        2. the monetary amount equivalent to the Distributor’s cost in supplying the Services to You again.
      1. Indemnity
        1. You indemnify the Distributor and/or the Distributor’s employees, agents, sub-agents, contractors, customers, clients, and/or licensees in connection with all Losses that the Distributor incurs as a result of Your breach of these Terms.
        2. You indemnify the Distributor and/or the Distributor’s employees, agents, sub-agents, contractors, customers, clients, and/or licensees for all Losses that the Distributor incurs in connection with its appointment as Your agent pursuant to clause 5.3 of these Terms.
      2. Services not error-free
        1. You acknowledge that the Services are being improved on a consistent basis, and as such are not guaranteed to be error-free.
        2. The Distributor reserves the right to conduct maintenance of the Services which may require a period of downtime of the Services.
        3. You acknowledge and agree that whatever the cause of any downtime or access issues to the Services Your only recourse is to discontinue using the Services.
        4. The Distributor may release modifications and enhancements to the Services, and in some cases re-configure features.
           
    1. GENERAL
      1. Amendments to Terms

The Distributor reserves the right to amend these Terms and its policies whenever the Distributor considers it necessary to do so within the Distributor’s absolute discretion. If You wish to modify these Terms, You must obtain the Distributor’s agreement to vary the Terms in writing, and any agreed variation must documented in writing.

      1. Incorporation of Policies

In accepting these Terms, You also agree

        1. to comply with all of the Distributor’s policies concerning the Services that are made available for all Users via the Services from time to time; and
        2. that a breach of these policies by You constitutes a breach of these Terms.
      1. Taxes

If You have a paid subscription for any part of the Services, the price of the subscription does not include any taxes that the Distributor may charge in accordance with the tax laws of the relevant jurisdiction, and you agree to pay any such additional amount in addition to the price of the subscription. the Distributor will provide you with a tax invoice as required by applicable Law.

      1. Assignment

You cannot assign Your rights or obligations under these Terms without the Distributor’s prior written consent. the Distributor can novate or assign its rights or obligations under these Terms without restriction.

      1. Automated Access

All Automated Access is also subject to these Terms. No automated software may access the site until the person responsible for the Automated Access has accepted these Terms. As such, any attempt to obtain Automated Access will be bound by these Terms.

      1. Severability

If anything in these Terms is unenforceable, illegal or void then it is severed and the rest of these Terms remain in force, unless the severance would change the underlying principal commercial purpose or effect of these Terms.

      1. Relationship of the Parties

You and the Distributor are independent contractors. These Terms do not create a partnership, franchise, joint venture, agency, fiduciary or employment relationship.

      1. Third-Party Beneficiaries

You acknowledge that there may be third-party beneficiaries to these Terms in circumstances where the Distributor is bound to enforce them in favour of its own Distributors, Users or other parties contracting with the Distributor.

      1. Waiver and Cumulative Remedies

No failure or delay by either party in exercising any right under the Terms will constitute a waiver of that right. Other than as expressly stated in the Terms, the remedies provided in the Terms are in addition to, and not exclusive of, any other remedies of a party under Laws.

      1. Governing Law and Disputes

The Terms are governed by the Laws of the State of Queensland and disputes must be resolved in the non-exclusive courts of that jurisdiction. You agree that You will not be involved in an action as a class member in a class action and that all disputes must be pursued in Your own name only. You and the Distributor each waive respective rights to seek or be involved in any class action under these Terms or concerning any aspect of the Services.

      1. Entire Agreement

The Terms and the Distributor’s policies concerning the Services, together with any of the other documents specifically referred to or incorporated in these Terms by specific reference constitute the entire agreement between the parties and supersede all prior understandings and agreements concerning its subject matter. If the Terms or the Distributor’s policies are amended by the Distributor, the newer version of those documents will then supersede the prior version.

      1. Effective Date

These Terms take effect from 1 February 2023 or as soon as practicable thereafter.

 

SCHEDULE - FEES AND CHARGES

 

FEES AND CHARGES

DUE DATE FOR PAYMENT

AMOUNT

(If Applicable)
Upload Fee (Subscription or One-Off Payment)

 On the date(s) indicated on the “Checkout” page.

The Amount specified on the “Checkout” page on the Service or as otherwise notified by the Distributor from time to time.

Commission

Immediately

An amount agreed by the parties from time to time.

Prohibited Music Release Fee

Immediately upon You introducing Prohibited Music Releases.

An amount equal to Your Income in connection with the Prohibited Music Releases.

Account Inactivity Fee

If you do not log into Your User Account for a period of two years, then the date that is two years from the date you last logged into Your User Account.

An amount equal to Your Income currently held in connection with Your User Account up to a maximum of $99.00

 

 

Distribución de música digital FAQs

¿QUÉ ES SECRETSTAR?

Como una alternativa de sello tradicional para artistas independientes, SecretStar brinda servicios de distribución de música premium y facilita asociaciones únicas entre artistas y las marcas más importantes del mundo. SecretStar también proporciona análisis de datos, herramientas de marketing y promoción, y servicios creativos para ayudar a los artistas a aumentar su base de fans en cualquier etapa de su carrera. A diferencia de los sellos discográficos tradicionales, SecretStar permite a los artistas conservar la propiedad total de sus carreras y los derechos de grabación maestra de su música. SecretStar ha atraído a importantes inversores y una lista diversa de artistas independientes.

¿QUÉ ES LA DISTRIBUCIÓN DE MÚSICA DIGITAL?

La distribución de música digital es el proceso de hacer que su música esté disponible para los oyentes a través de servicios de transmisión, tiendas de música en línea y plataformas de redes sociales.

El proceso de distribución de música digital implica cargar archivos de música a un distribuidor o agregador digital, que luego distribuye la música a varias plataformas en línea como Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music y más. Esto permite a los oyentes encontrar la música a través de su plataforma de transmisión o descarga preferida.

La distribución de música digital ha facilitado que los artistas independientes distribuyan su música sin un sello discográfico tradicional, y también ha facilitado que los fanáticos descubran nueva música de todo el mundo. Distribuya su música a nivel mundial y llegue a más oyentes con nuestro plan premium SecretStar.

¿QUÉ TIPO DE MÚSICA PUEDO VENDER A TRAVÉS DE UN DISTRIBUIDOR DE MÚSICA DIGITAL?

Puedes vender una amplia gama de música a través de un distribuidor de música digital. Los distribuidores de música digital suelen tener acuerdos con las principales plataformas de transmisión y descarga de música, como Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube y otras.

Es importante tener en cuenta que los distribuidores de música digital pueden tener su propio conjunto de pautas y requisitos para la música que aceptan. Algunos distribuidores pueden tener restricciones sobre material explícito o protegido por derechos de autor, mientras que otros pueden exigir ciertas especificaciones técnicas para los archivos de audio, como la tasa de bits y la frecuencia de muestreo. Antes de elegir un distribuidor de música digital, es importante leer sus pautas y requisitos para asegurarse de que su música sea elegible para distribución.

¿CÓMO DISTRIBUYO MI MÚSICA DIGITALMENTE?

Distribuir tu música como artista independiente es más fácil que nunca. Para distribuir tu música digitalmente, sigue estos pasos:

1) Crea tu música: escribe y graba tu música en un formato de alta calidad, como WAV o FLAC, con mezcla.

2) Cree una cuenta de SecretStar: regístrese en SecretStar y cree un perfil de artista. Elija entre distribuir a una página existente de Spotify y Apple Music, o publicar en nuevos perfiles. Únete a SecretStar Pro para distribuir tu música a más plataformas.

3) Cargue su música: Cargue sus archivos de música y metadatos, como títulos de pistas, carátulas de álbumes y colaboradores. Masteriza digitalmente tus canciones con Dolby Mastering a través de nuestra plataforma.

4) Confirme los detalles: Ingrese los detalles del lanzamiento y agregue colaboradores para compartir regalías

5) Revisar y enviar: Envíelo para su aprobación por parte de SecretStar. Los artistas profesionales pueden elegir sus fechas de lanzamiento para planificar mejor sus estrategias de promoción.

6) Libera tu música: Tu música será distribuida a las plataformas disponibles para tu plan. Con SecretStar Pro, puede publicar en tan solo 2 días hábiles.

¿CÓMO ME PAGAN POR MIS VENTAS DE MÚSICA?

Cuando distribuya su música a través de SecretStar, se le pagarán regalías por cada vez que su música se transmita o descargue. Estas regalías generalmente se basan en un porcentaje de los ingresos generados por las ventas o las transmisiones de tu música. El porcentaje exacto puede variar según la plataforma en la que se transmita o venda tu música.

¿SE LLEVA SECRETSTAR UN PORCENTAJE DE MIS VENTAS DE MÚSICA?

SecretStar tiene tres planes para artistas independientes en diferentes etapas de sus carreras musicales:

ROOKIE: $4.99 por canción y $9.99 por álbum un pago único por lanzamiento. Los artistas se quedan con el 100% de sus regalías de transmisión.

PRO: $39.99/Anual Los artistas PRO se quedan con el 100% de sus regalías de transmisión, lo que significa que SecretStar no cobra una comisión.

EXCLUSIVO: es un plan de $59.66/Anual con divisiones de regalías personalizadas por artista.

¿QUÉ ARTISTAS HAN UTILIZADO SECRETSTAR?

Artistas de todos los géneros y etapas de su carrera han utilizado SecretStar para distribuir su música. Artistas como Sensato, Tali Goya, Ozuna, Tyking, Kapuchino, El Cherry Scom, Jon Z, Lito Kirino, Messiah, Myke Towers, Roachy RD y más han utilizado nuestra plataforma.