Summary of use and Rights-Managed End User License Agreement:
- HomeSpot Media owns the photos we take. When you hire HomeSpot Media to take photos of a real estate listing what you are paying for is a temporary LICENSE for one specific person (you) to USE those photos for a specific purpose (advertise your listing) for a specific length of time (the duration of your listing).
- Your MLS may claim that by uploading listing photos to the MLS site you (the agent) transfer ownership or copyright of the photos to the MLS. Court cases have shown this to be false. You (the agent) cannot transfer the copyright because you do not own the copyright. Each of our photos is watermarked with the HomeSpot Media logo as proof of copyright. Said copyright can only be transferred by HomeSpot Media, Inc.
- Unauthorized use of photos or video content will be considered willfully infringing HomeSpot Media, Inc.’s rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and he offending person or party using photos or video content without permission, for purposes of commercial advantage and/or private financial gain, could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2)
RIGHTS-MANAGED END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT THIS IS A LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU (“LICENSEE”) AND HomeSpot Media, Inc.(“ HomeSpot”, “HomeSpot Media” or “LICENSOR”). BY ACCEPTING AND USING THE IMAGES AND/OR BY CLICKING THE “ADD TO CART” BUTTON, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. 1. Definitions. “Images” means all types of visual content, including without limitation still photography, graphics, text news stories, motion film, or video and may have an audio component, whether generated optically, electronically, digitally or by any other means, and shall include all metadata, keywords, descriptions and captions associated therewith. Any reference to Images includes the whole or the part. “Invoice” means the agreement provided by HomeSpot Media, Inc. or an authorized distributor that includes among other terms, the permitted scope of use of the Images selected, any limitations on the use of the Images and the licensee fee that corresponds to the use. The Invoice shall be incorporated into this Agreement and all references to the Agreement shall include the Invoice. 2. Grant of Rights. Unless stated otherwise in the Invoice, HomeSpot Media, Inc. grants to Licensee a one-time, non-exclusive, non-sub-licensable and non-assignable right to reproduce, display, broadcast, transmit, or create a derivative work from (collectively “use”) the Images identified in the Invoice solely to the extent the use is explicitly stated in the Agreement. Image(s) licensed for editorial purposes may be cropped for placement purposes, without removing the HomeSpot Media watermark, provided that the editorial integrity of the Image is not compromised, but shall not, under any circumstances, otherwise be rotated, altered, changed or manipulated, or combined with other Image(s) without HomeSpot Media, Inc.’s prior written permission. If Licensee is obtaining rights on behalf of a client, it may permit the client to exercise the rights granted, provided the client or any subcontractor or employee agrees to use the Image(s) as limited in the Invoice and agrees to be bound by the terms of the Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Licensee and client remain jointly and severally liable and responsible for all uses. No ownership or copyright in any Image shall transfer to Licensee by the grant of the license contained in this Agreement or Invoice. All rights not expressly granted to the Licensee are reserved to HomeSpot Media, Inc. and the copyright holder. 3. Restrictions As To Use. The use of the licensed Image(s) is strictly limited to the use, medium, period of time, print run, placement, size of image, territory, and any other restrictions specified in the Invoice. Licensee may not use nor permit the use of the licensed Image(s) beyond the terms of the limited license Agreement without first obtaining an additional license, including any electronic reproduction or promotional rights. Unless otherwise stated, images licensed for online use may only be archived for 90 days. Licensee may not use any Image in a manner that is defamatory, pornographic, or obscene, whether directly or in context or juxtaposition with specific subject matter. Licensee may not incorporate the licensed Image in any logo, trademark, or service mark. Licensee may not make the Image(s) available in any medium in a manner intended to allow or invite a third party to download, extract, or access the Image(s) as a standalone file. Licensee may not archive, republish, or transmit any images on any database or to a social networking site or bulletin board or otherwise distribute or allow any of the Images to be distributed to or used by anyone other than the authorized users, without prior written consent from HomeSpot Media, Inc. Unless otherwise expressly licensed, Image(s) may not be modified, reconfigured, or repurposed for use in any mobile-directed web sites or mobile applications that are specifically created for viewing of Image(s) on mobile devices. Licensee may not use the Image(s) contrary to any restriction on use provided to Licensee prior to or at the time the Image is delivered to Licensee. Restrictions may be provided with the Image information located on HomeSpot Media, Inc.’s or any authorized distributor’s website or otherwise communicated. Licensee may not use any of the Images in any manner prohibited by any export laws, restrictions or regulations. HomeSpot Media, Inc. reserves the right to withdraw any image from its library at any time at its sole discretion and agrees to extend its best efforts to notify Licensee of such removal. Upon notification by HomeSpot Media, Inc. of the withdrawal of an image from HomeSpot Media, Inc.’s library, Licensee agrees to extend its best efforts to remove the withdrawn image received from HomeSpot Media, Inc. from any and all of Licensee’s print media in which the withdrawn image was included so long as notice is provided by HomeSpot Media, Inc. prior to printing. Licensee further agrees to extend its best efforts to immediately remove the withdrawn image from all electronically distributed media and to destroy all electronic and physical copies of withdrawn images. HomeSpot Media, Inc. reserves the right to charge an annual content access fee not to exceed $250 per year as well as download fees, which fees may be waived at the exclusive discretion of HomeSpot Media, Inc. management. Licensee may only use “free” content in context. Any other use must be pre-approved by contacting the appropriate party listed in the data supplied with the image. 5. Editorial Credit. If any Image is used in an editorial manner, the credit line, “HomeSpot Media, Inc.”, must appear adjacent to the Image or as otherwise indicated by HomeSpot Media, Inc. If the Image consist of footage or audiovisual material, credit shall be provided, in equal size and comparable placement to credit(s) accorded to licensors of other similar content, substantially in the form “[Footage] [Imagery] supplied by HomeSpot Media, Inc.”. If Licensee omits the credit, an additional fee equal to two (2) times the original amount invoiced shall be payable by Licensee at HomeSpot Media, Inc.’s discretion. The foregoing fee shall be in addition to any other rights or remedies that HomeSpot Media, Inc. may have at law or in equity. 6. Releases/Captions. HomeSpot Media, Inc. will notify Licensee if it has obtained a model release and/or a property release for Image(s), either in the release status information accompanying the Image(s) on HomeSpot Media, Inc.’s website, in the Invoice or by other means. If no such notification is given, then no such model or property release has been obtained. HomeSpot Media, Inc. grants no rights and makes no warranties with regard to the use of names, people, trademarks, trade dress, registered, unregistered, or copyrighted designs or works of art or architecture depicted in any Image(s). Licensee shall be solely responsible for determining whether a release is sufficient for the proposed use or is required in connection with any proposed use of such Image(s). Licensee acknowledges that some jurisdictions provide legal protection against a person’s image, likeness, or property being used for commercial purposes without their consent. HomeSpot Media, Inc. uses commercially reasonable efforts to identify the caption for each Image, but cannot be held responsible for erroneous or incomplete caption information. 7. Termination and Revocation. HomeSpot Media, Inc. reserves the right to automatically terminate or revoke the license contained in this Agreement and invoice without notice if Licensee or its client fails to comply with any provision of this Agreement. Upon termination, Licensee and its client must immediately stop using the Image(s), delete the Image(s) and all copies from all magnetic or other media, and destroy all other copies. HomeSpot Media, Inc. reserves the right to discontinue the use of any Image(s) for any reason and elect to replace the Image(s) with an alternate Image(s). Upon notice of any discontinuance of the use of a particular Image, Licensee, its employer and its client, if applicable, agree not to use the Image(s) in the future. 8. Electronic Storage. For all Image(s) that Licensee takes delivery of in electronic form, Licensee must retain the copyright symbol, the name of HomeSpot Media, Inc. and the image number. All metadata or other identification number associated with the Image(s) may be included as part of the electronic file. Licensee will take all reasonable measures to safeguard against unauthorized third-party access to the Image(s). Licensee may make one (1) high-resolution backup copy of the Image(s) for security reasons only. Upon the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement, Licensee shall promptly delete the Image(s) from its computer or other electronic storage systems and shall ensure that any client authorized to use the Images deletes the Image(s) as well. 9. Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy. Time is of the essence in the performance by Licensee of its obligations for payments. Payment of the Invoice is to be net thirty (30) days. Any claims for adjustment or rejection of terms must be made to HomeSpot Media, Inc. within ten (10) days after receipt of invoice. Cancellation Policy: Licensee agrees that downloading of Content constitutes Licensee’s agreement to comply with the terms of this Agreement and an obligation to pay the license fees as presented with the Content at the time of download. Any image downloaded in error or downloaded and not used must be reported to HomeSpot Media, Inc. within 10 days of download in order for credit to be issued. Unless subject to a separate agreement from HomeSpot Media, Inc., Licensee may close its HomeSpot Media, Inc. account at any time. Licensee will be responsible for any and all outstanding fees due at the time of termination and will remit the full amount due within 30 days of termination date. HomeSpot Media, Inc. may, at its discretion, discontinue or suspend Service to Licensee for any reason with no advance notice. 10. Warranty and Disclaimers. HomeSpot Media, Inc. warrants that: (i) it has all necessary rights and authority to enter into and perform this Agreement; and (ii) the Image(s) will be free from defects in material and workmanship for 30 days from delivery (Licensee’s sole and exclusive remedy for a breach of this warranty being the replacement of the Image(s)). General Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability HomeSpot Media, Inc. MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE IMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. HomeSpot Media, Inc. SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO LICENSEE OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY GENERAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, OR LOST PROFITS OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, COSTS OR LOSSES ARISING OUT OF LICENSEE’S USE OF THE IMAGES OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF HomeSpot Media, Inc. HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, COSTS OR LOSSES. HomeSpot Media, Inc.”S MAXIMUM LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH LICENSEE’S USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE IMAGES (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) SHALL, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, BE LIMITED TO THE VALUE OF THE LICENSE PAID BY THE LICENSEE FOR THE IMAGE(S). THE REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES MADE BY HomeSpot Media, Inc. IN THIS AGREEMENT APPLY ONLY TO THE IMAGE(S) AS DELIVERED BY HomeSpot Media, Inc. AND WILL BE INVALID IF THE IMAGE(S) IS (ARE) USED BY LICENSEE IN ANY MANNER NOT SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED IN THIS AGREEMENT OR IF LICENSEE IS OTHERWISE IN BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT. YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS UNDER SOME STATE LAWS. 11. Indemnity Licensor Indemnity Provided Licensee is not otherwise in breach of this Agreement, and subject to Section 10, as Licensee’s sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the representations and warranties above, Licensor shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless Licensee from damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable outside attorney fees), arising out of or connected with any actual lawsuit or legal proceeding alleging that HomeSpot Media, Inc. is in breach of its warranties set forth above. No other indemnification is offered by Licensor under the Agreement Licensee Indemnity If Licensee’s use of the Image(s) is not authorized by this Agreement, Licensee shall defend, indemnify, and hold HomeSpot Media, Inc. and its parent, subsidiaries, and commonly owned or controlled affiliates and their respective officers, directors, and employees harmless from all damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs), arising out of or connected with any actual or threatened lawsuit, claim, or legal proceeding relating to the use of such Image(s) by Licensee, to the extent that such claim relates to the absence of a release or the Licensee’s unauthorized use of the Image(s). 12. Unauthorized Use. Any use of Image(s) in a manner not expressly authorized by this Agreement or in breach of a term of this Agreement constitutes copyright infringement, entitling HomeSpot Media, Inc. to exercise all rights and remedies available to it under copyright laws around the world. Licensee shall be responsible for any damages resulting from any such copyright infringement, including any claims by a third party. In addition and without prejudice to HomeSpot Media, Inc.’s other remedies under this Agreement, HomeSpot Media, Inc. reserves the right to charge and Licensee agrees to pay a fee equal to five (5) times HomeSpot Media, Inc. normal license fee for use of the Image(s). 13. Miscellaneous. Notification of Misuse Licensee will immediately notify HomeSpot Media, Inc. if it becomes aware or suspects that any third party that has gained access to the Licensed Material through Licensee is wrongfully using the Image(s), in whole or in part, or is violating any of HomeSpot Media, Inc.’ intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, trademarks and copyrights. Audit and Compliance Upon reasonable notice, Licensee shall provide sample copies of Images as used by Licensee. In addition, upon reasonable notice, HomeSpot Media, Inc. may, at its discretion, either through its own employees or through a third party, audit Licensee’s records directly related to this Agreement and use of Image(s) in order to verify compliance with the terms of this Agreement. If any such audit reveals an underpayment by Licensee to HomeSpot Media, Inc. of 20 percent or more of the amount Licensee should have paid for the time period that is the subject of the audit, in addition to paying HomeSpot Media, Inc. the amount of such underpayment, Licensee shall also reimburse HomeSpot Media, Inc. for the costs of conducting such audit. Where HomeSpot Media, Inc. reasonably believes that Image(s) are being used outside of the scope of the license granted under this Agreement, Licensee shall, at HomeSpot Media, Inc.’ request, provide a certificate of compliance signed by an officer of Licensee, in a form to be approved by HomeSpot Media, Inc.. Jurisdiction and Attorney’s Fee Any and all disputes, with the exception of copyright claims, arising out of, under or in connection with this Agreement, including, without limitation, the validity, interpretation, performance and breach hereof, shall be settled by arbitration in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in the highest court of the forum, State or Federal, having jurisdiction. This agreement, its validity and effect, shall be interpreted under and governed by the laws of the State of Utah. If Licensee is an agent for or an employee of a non-U.S. HomeSpot Media, Inc. agency but operates in a place of business in the United States or its territories, he/she expressly agrees that any dispute regarding this contract shall be adjudicated within the United States in the manner described above. Copyright claims shall be brought in the Federal Court having jurisdiction. If HomeSpot Media, Inc. is caused to present claims or suit as a result of any breach of the above terms set forth, it shall be made whole for such reasonable legal fees or costs by Licensee. No Assignment This Agreement is not assignable or transferable on the part of Licensee. No Waiver No action of HomeSpot Media, Inc., other than express written waiver, may be construed as a waiver of any provision of this Agreement. A delay on the part of HomeSpot Media, Inc. in the exercise of its rights or remedies will not operate as a waiver of such rights or remedies. A waiver of a right or remedy on any one occasion shall not be construed as a bar to or waiver of those rights or remedies on any other occasion. Entire Agreement: This Agreement and the Invoice contains all the terms of the agreement between HomeSpot Media, Inc. and Licensee and no term or conditions may be added or deleted unless made in writing and signed by authorized representatives of both parties. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms contained herein and the terms contained on any license order or other writing sent by Licensee, the terms of this Agreement shall govern.