TVU NETWORKS CONTENT LICENSE AGREEMENT

This is a license agreement between you and TVU Networks that explains how you can use live video and video clips (individually and collectively, “Content”) that you license from TVU Networks. By accessing Content from TVU Networks, you accept the terms of this agreement.

1. What types of licenses does TVU Networks offer?

TVU Networks and its Content Suppliers offer Content licensed for specific types of use: for news-related editorial programs on these platforms: Web, Social Media, and TV. The Content must not be used for any kind of promotion, advertising or marketing purposes. Subject to the limitations and restrictions set out in this agreement, the rights granted by TVU Networks include the following: 

a. the right to make the Content (in whole or in parts) available to the public on the approved platforms;

b. the right to edit and adapt, i.e., the right to edit, shorten, format or otherwise modify the Content except where, in the reasonable opinion of TVU Networks or its content supplier, such modifications constitute a deliberate misrepresentation, distortion or any other derogatory treatment of the Content.

2. How can I use licensed content?

You may use licensed content in any way consistent with the rights granted below and not restricted (see Restricted Uses below). Subject to those restrictions and the rest of the terms of this agreement, the rights granted to you by TVU Grid are:

Limited to the specific use, medium, period of time, print run, placement, size of content, and territory selected, and any other restrictions that accompany the content on the TVU Networks website (or any other method of content delivery). Non-Exclusive, meaning that, unless otherwise indicated on your invoice, sales order or separate agreement, you do not have exclusive rights to use the content.

For purposes of this agreement, “use” means to copy, reproduce, modify, edit, synchronize, perform, display, broadcast, publish, or otherwise make use of. Please make sure you read the Restricted Uses section below for exceptions.

3. Restricted Uses.

a. No Unlawful Use. You may not use content in a pornographic, defamatory or other unlawful manner, or in violation of any applicable regulations (including for sports content, any restrictions or credentials issued by a sports league or governing body) or industry codes.

b. No Standalone File Use. You may not use content in any way that allows others to download, extract, or redistribute content as a standalone file (meaning just the content file itself, separate from the project or end use).

c. No Redistribution. You may not redistribute content to a third party.

d. No Sensitive Use Without Disclaimer. If you use content that features models or property in connection with a subject that would be unflattering or unduly controversial to a reasonable person (for example, sexually transmitted diseases), you must indicate: (1) that the content is being used for illustrative purposes only, and (2) any person depicted in the content is a model. For example, you could say: “Stock photo. Posed by model.” No disclaimer is required for content marked “editorial” that is used in a non-misleading editorial manner.

e. No False Representation of Authorship. You may not falsely represent that you are the original creator of a work that is made up largely of licensed content. For instance, you cannot create artwork based solely on licensed content and claim that you are the author.

f. No Electronic Templates. Unless you purchase a custom license, you may not use content in electronic or digital templates intended for resale or other distribution (for example, website templates, business card templates, electronic greeting card templates, and brochure design templates).

g. No Use in Trademark or Logo. Unless you purchase a custom license, you may not use content (in whole or in part) as the distinctive or distinguishing feature of a trademark, design mark, trade name, business name, service mark, or logo. Additionally, you shall not be entitled to register (in any jurisdiction) such content (in whole or in part) as a trademark or rely on any such registrations, prior use, and/or accrued goodwill to prevent any third party use of the content or any similar content (including by us, our customers, or the copyright owner of such content).

h. No Machine Learning, AI, or Biometric Technology Use. Unless expressly authorized by TVU Networks, you may not use content (including any caption information, keywords or other metadata associated with content) for any machine learning and/or artificial intelligence purposes, or for any technologies designed or intended for the identification of natural persons. Additionally, TVU Networks does not represent or warrant that consent has been obtained for such uses with respect to model-released content.

i. No Metadata Exploitation. Unless expressly authorized by TVU Networks, you may not use the caption information, keywords, accompanying text, or other metadata associated with content separate and apart from the content, or allow any third parties to access or use any such information associated with content.

4. Who, besides me, can use the licensed content?

The rights granted to you are non-transferable and non-sublicensable, meaning that you cannot transfer or sublicense them to anyone else. There are two exceptions:

a. Employer or client. If you are purchasing on behalf of your employer or client, then your employer or client can use the content. In that case, you represent and warrant that you have full legal authority to bind your employer or client to the terms of this agreement. If you do not have that authority, then your employer or client may not use the content. The rights purchased may only belong to you or your employer/client, depending on who is named as the “Licensee” at the time of purchase. In other words, if you purchase a royalty-free image, only one of you (and not both) may re-use that image for multiple projects.

b. Subcontractors. You may allow subcontractors (for example, your printer or mailing house) or distributors to use content in any production or distribution process related to your final project or end use. These subcontractors and distributors must agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement and may not use the content for any other purpose.

5. User Accounts.

You will be responsible for tracking all activity for each user account, and you agree to: (a) maintain the security of all passwords and usernames; (b) notify TVU Networks  immediately of any unauthorized use or other breach of security; and (c) accept all responsibility for activity that occurs under each user account. TVU Networks reserves the right to monitor downloads and user activity to ensure compliance with the terms of this agreement. If TVU Networks determines that you are in breach of this or any other term of this agreement, it may suspend access to your account and seek further legal remedies.

6. Intellectual Property Rights.

a. Who owns the content? All of the licensed content is owned by either TVU Networks or its content suppliers. All rights not expressly granted in this agreement are reserved by TVU Networks and the content suppliers. You may not assert any right to revenue from a collecting society, social media website, content sharing platform or any other third party in respect of photocopying, digital copying, sharing, distribution or other secondary uses of the licensed content.

b. Attribution.

i. Video credits.  Mandatory. You must attribute TVU Networks and its content supplier as the source of the Content. The credit should be in the following form:“[Video] [Imagery] supplied by [Supplier Name]/[Collection Name] via TVU Networks”

ii. Can I use the TVU Networks name or logo, or the name and logos of its content suppliers? You may use the name of TVU Networks and/or its content suppliers as necessary to give attribution, but you may not otherwise use their names, logos, or trademarks without prior written approval.

7. Fees and Renewal.

Upon expiration of the term, if your subscription is set to AUTOMATICALLY RENEW, you authorize TVU Networks to charge or you agree to pay the applicable subscription fees at the then applicable rate and taxes for the subscription according to your payment information on file. You may change your auto-renewal preferences in your TVU Networks account. Your subscription may only be cancelled as set out in Section 8(b). TVU Networks may deactivate your subscription without prior notice if TVU Networks is unable to complete a transaction through the payment information provided by you.

8. Termination/Cancellation/Withdrawal.

a. Termination. TVU Networks may terminate this agreement at any time if you breach any of the terms of this or any other agreement with TVU Networks, in which case you must immediately: cease using the content; delete or destroy any copies; and, if requested, confirm to TVU Networks in writing that you have complied with these requirements.

i. Social Media Termination. If you use the content on a social media platform or other third party website and the platform or website uses (or announces that it plans to use) the content for its own purpose or in a way that is contrary to this agreement, the rights granted for such use shall immediately terminate, and in that event, upon TVU Networks’ request, you agree to remove any content from such platform or website.

b. Refunds/Cancellation. All requests for refunds/cancellations must be made in writing or using the cancellation function on the TVU Networks’ website. Provided that the request is made within 30 days and the licensed content has not been used, TVU Networks may cancel the relevant order and issue a full refund to your account or credit card. No credits or refunds are available for cancellation requests received more than 30 days from your receipt of content, or for research, lab, service or subscription fees, all of which are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, your rights to use the content terminate, and you must delete or destroy any copies of the content.

c. Content Withdrawal. TVU Networks may discontinue licensing any item of content at any time in its sole discretion. Upon notice from TVU Networks, or upon your knowledge, that any content may be subject to a claim of infringement of a third party’s right for which TVU Networks may be liable, TVU Networks may require you to immediately, and at your own expense: cease using the content, delete or destroy any copies; and ensure that your clients, distributors and/or employer do likewise. TVU Networks will provide you with replacement content (determined by TVU Networks in its reasonable commercial judgment) free of charge, subject to the other terms of this agreement.

9. Representations and Warranties.

TVU Networks makes the following representations and warranties:

a. Warranty of Non-Infringement. For all licensed content (excluding content marked “access only”), TVU Networks warrants that your use of such content in accordance with this agreement and in the form delivered by TVU Networks (that is, excluding any modifications, overlays or re-focusing done by you) will not infringe on any copyrights or moral rights of the content owner/creator.

b. Additional Warranties for Certain Content. For content where TVU Networks specifically notifies you that a model and/or property release has been obtained, TVU Networks warrants that your use of such content in accordance with this agreement and in the form delivered by TVU Networks (that is, excluding any modifications, overlays or re-focusing done by you) will not, where a property release has been obtained, infringe on any trademark or other intellectual property right and/or will not, where a model release has been obtained, violate any right of privacy or right of publicity.

c. Warranty Disclaimer. Unless specifically warranted above, TVU Networks does not grant any right or make any warranty with regard to the use of names, people, trademarks, trade dress, logos, registered, unregistered or copyrighted audio, designs, works of art or architecture depicted or contained in the content. In such cases, you are solely responsible for determining whether release(s) is/are required in connection with your proposed use of the content, and you are solely responsible for obtaining such release(s). You acknowledge that no releases are generally obtained for content identified as “editorial,” and that some jurisdictions provide legal protection against a person’s image, likeness or property being used for commercial purposes when they have not provided a release. You are also solely responsible for payment of any amounts that may be due under, and compliance with any other terms of, any applicable collective bargaining agreements as a result of your use of the licensed content.

d. Caption/Metadata Disclaimer. While TVU Networks has made reasonable efforts to correctly categorize, keyword, caption and title the content, TVU Networks does not warrant the accuracy of such information, or of any metadata provided with the content.

e. No Other Warranties. Except as provided in this section above, the content is provided “as is” without representation, warranty or condition of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied representations, warranties or conditions of merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. TVU Networks does not represent or warrant that the content or its websites will meet your requirements or that use of the content or websites will be uninterrupted or error free.

10. Indemnification/Limitation of Liability.

a. Indemnification of TVU Networks by you. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless TVU Networks and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and content suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors and employees from all damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable outside legal fees) arising out of or in connection with (i) your use of any content outside the scope of this agreement; (ii) any breach or alleged breach by you (or anyone acting on your behalf) of any of the terms of this or any other agreement with TVU Networks; and (iii) your failure to obtain any required release for your use of content.

b. The party seeking indemnification must promptly notify in writing the other party about the claim. The indemnifying party (the one covering the costs) has the right to assume the handling, settlement or defense of any claim or litigation. The indemnified party (the one not covering the costs) has to cooperate in any way reasonably requested by the indemnifying party. The indemnifying party will not be liable for legal fees and other costs incurred prior to the other party giving notice of the claim for which indemnity is sought.

 

c. Limitation of Liability. TVU NETWORK  WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES, COSTS OR LOSSES ARISING OUT OF THIS AGREEMENT, EVEN IF TVU NETWORK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, COSTS OR LOSSES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIABILITY.

 

 

11. General Provisions.

a. Assignment. This agreement is personal to you and is not assignable by you without TVU Networks’ prior written consent. TVU Networks may assign this agreement, without notice or consent, to any corporate affiliate or to any successor in interest, provided that such entity agrees to be bound by these terms.

b. Audit. Upon reasonable notice, you agree to provide to TVU Networks sample copies of projects or end uses that contain licensed content, including by providing TVU Networks with free of charge access to any pay-walled or otherwise restricted access website or platform where content is reproduced. In addition, upon reasonable notice, TVU Networks may, at its discretion, either through its own employees or through a third party, audit your records directly related to this agreement and your use of licensed content in order to verify compliance with the terms of this agreement. If any audit reveals an underpayment by you to TVU Networks of five percent (5%) or more of the amount you should have paid, then in addition to payingTVU Networks the amount of the underpayment and any other remedies to which TVU Networks is entitled, you also agree to reimburse TVU Networks for the costs of conducting the audit.

c. Electronic storage. You agree to retain the copyright symbol, the name of TVU Networks, the content’s identification number and any other information or metadata that may be embedded in the electronic file containing the original content, and to maintain appropriate security to protect the content from unauthorized use by third parties. You may make one (1) copy of the content for back-up purposes.

d. Governing Law/Arbitration. This agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without reference to its laws relating to conflicts of law. Any disputes arising from or related to this agreement shall be finally settled by binding, confidential arbitration by a single arbitrator selected using the rules and procedures for arbitrator selection under i) if you are in North America: the JAMS’ Expedited Procedures in its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures (“JAMS”); or ii) if you are outside of North America: the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”) or JAMS (the applicable rules to be at your discretion), in effect on the date of the commencement of arbitration to be held in one of the following jurisdictions (whichever is closest to you): New York, New York; London, England; Paris, France; Munich, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; or Singapore. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English and all documentation shall be presented and filed in English. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties, and judgment may be entered on the arbitration award and enforced by any court of competent jurisdiction. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not govern this agreement. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable legal costs relating to that aspect of its claim or defense on which it prevails, and any opposing costs awards shall be offset. Notwithstanding the foregoing, TVU Networks shall have the right to commence and prosecute any legal or equitable action or proceeding before any court of competent jurisdiction to obtain injunctive or other relief against you in the event that, in the opinion of TVU Networks, such action is necessary or desirable to protect TVU Networks’ intellectual property rights. The parties agree that, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute(s) of limitation, any arbitration proceeding shall be commenced within two years of the acts, events or occurrences giving rise to the claim.

e. Severability. If one or more of the provisions in this agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions should not be affected. Such provisions should be revised only to the extent necessary to make them enforceable.

f. Waiver. No action of either party, other than express written waiver, may be construed as a waiver of any provision of this agreement.

g. Entire Agreement. No terms of conditions of this agreement may be added or deleted unless made in writing and accepted in writing by both parties, or issued electronically by TVU Networks and accepted by you. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms of this agreement and the terms contained on any purchase order sent by you, the terms of this agreement will apply.

h. Notice. All notices required to be sent to TVU Networks under this agreement should be sent via email to legalnotice@tvunetworks.com. All notices to you will be sent via email to the email set out in your account.

i. Taxes. You agree to pay and be responsible for any and all sales taxes, use taxes, value added taxes, withholding taxes, and duties imposed by any jurisdiction as a result of the license granted to you, or of your use of the licensed content.

j. Interest on Overdue Invoices. If you fail to pay an invoice in full within the time specified, TVU Networks may add a service charge of 1.5% per month, or such lesser amount as is allowed by law, on any unpaid balance until payment is received.

k. Licensing Entity. The TVU Networks licensing entity under this agreement is determined based on your billing address in accordance with the chart found here.