Last Updated: April 4, 2012
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – THIS IS A BINDING CONTRACT
This Amazon Studios Account Agreement ("Agreement") is a binding agreement between Amazon Services LLC ("Amazon", "we" or "us"), which, together with its affiliates, operates studios.amazon.com and the Amazon Studios crowd-sourced motion picture and television development service ("Amazon Studios") and you or, if applicable, the company or other legal entity you represent ("you"). This Agreement incorporates by reference: the Amazon.com Privacy Notice posted on www.amazon.com; the Conditions of Use posted on studios.amazon.com; the Participation Guidelines posted on studios.amazon.com; and other policies, conditions, rules and procedures that we post and update on Amazon Studios over time. In addition, if you upload scripts, movies, shows and certain other content to Amazon Studios you will be subject to the terms of the Development Agreement posted on studios.amazon.com (the current version of the Development Agreement is available here). Any Development Agreement you accept is referred to as a "Development Agreement". If you participate in a contest on Amazon Studios you will be subject to the contest rules applicable to the contest (the "Contest Rules") (the rules for current contests are available here).
You accept the terms of this Agreement by clicking to confirm acceptance or by creating an Amazon Studios account. If you are entering into this Agreement on behalf of a company or other legal entity, you represent that you have the legal authority to bind that company or legal entity to this Agreement. If you do not have the authority, or if you do not agree with the terms of this Agreement, you may not create an account.
Amendments to this Agreement
Amazon Studios will grow and evolve over time. As it does, we'll need to adapt the terms of this Agreement. Unless we otherwise note at the time of posting, changes to this Agreement will be effective immediately upon posting. You accept changes by using Amazon Studios after we have posted changes or, if we provide you a means of indicating your acceptance online, by clicking to confirm acceptance.
Licenses from Amazon to You
Amazon makes Public Review Original Properties and Revisions, as defined in the Development Agreement, available to you for development on Amazon Studios. Public Review Original Properties form the basis for "Projects" on Amazon Studios. Subject to your compliance with this Agreement, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to (a) create new content based on or incorporating a Public Review Original Property or Revision, (b) contribute the new content you create to Amazon Studios as a Revision to a Project and (c) if the new content you create is a video trailer of up to six minutes in length or a video in which you "pitch" the new content of up to six minutes in length that you post to Amazon Studios for public display (and that meets any requirements we provide for content posted to Amazon Studios), distribute the trailer or pitch online in places other than Amazon Studios unless and until we ask you to stop doing so, provided you ensure that a link is included wherever your trailer or pitch appears that takes viewers interested in the trailer or pitch to the Amazon Studios page for the Public Review Original Property or Revision it relates to and provided that you do not suggest in any way that we or any Amazon Studios participant has endorsed your trailer or pitch. Except as described in this Section 3, you may not use any Revisions or anyone else's Public Review Original Properties other than for developing and contributing Revisions on Amazon Studios. We make these rights available to you "as is." We can only license to you rights to Public Review Original Properties and Revisions that have been granted to us. We make no representations or warranties that your use of Public Review Original Properties or Revisions will not violate the rights of any third party. Our license to you is valid only during the time that the Project your Revision relates to is designated as "open" or available for Revisions on Amazon Studios. We hope to post advance notice on Amazon Studios of anticipated dates on which Projects will be "closed" for contribution of Revisions, but can't guarantee that we'll be able to do so in all cases. In addition, we may terminate our license to you at any time for any reason, in which case you may not make any further use of the applicable Public Review Original Properties and Revisions or any content you create based on them. We may post restrictions on your use of a Public Review Original Property or Revision and you agree to comply with those restrictions.
Licenses from You to Amazon
For Profile Content, a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, display and distribute the content on or in connection with Amazon Studios. This license ends if you delete your profile unless you have shared your content with others and they posted it on Amazon Studios and have not deleted it. When you delete Profile Content, a backup copy of it may remain in backup copies on our servers, but it will not be publically available on your Amazon Studios profile.
For Other Materials, a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display the Other Materials in any media for the term of copyright in the Other Materials. This license includes the right to use and display your name and the name that you submit in connection with the Other Materials (if different) on and in connection with Amazon Studios.
Content and Communications
Control of Services
We have discretion over the design and operation of Amazon Studios and all services we offer. We may modify or discontinue Amazon Studios or any service we provide at any time in our sole discretion.
You will indemnify and hold harmless us, our licensees, our sublicenses, our distributors, our producers, any party to which we assign any of our rights under this Agreement or any Development Agreement, and our and their affiliates and successors, and each of their directors, officers, members, shareholders, employees, associates, agents, and representatives (the "Amazon Parties") from and against any losses, damages, liability, claims, costs, judgments and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable outside attorneys' fees) incurred by reason of any claim arising in connection with any breach or alleged breach of your obligations, representations, or warranties under this Agreement or any Development Agreement or other agreement you enter into with any of the Amazon Parties on Amazon Studios (an "Amazon Studios Agreement"). This means that, among other things, you may be required to pay for the cost of counsel to defend the Amazon Parties and to pay for damages awarded in a court of law against the Amazon Parties, any amounts payable to settle any claim or proceeding, and any costs associated with the resolution of any claim or proceeding.
User Generated Content
You acknowledge that Amazon Studios will include screenplays, movies, shows, reviews, forum posts, comments, messages and other content submitted by you and other users of Amazon Studios ("User Generated Content"). The Amazon Parties are not responsible in any way for any User Generated Content and you hereby irrevocably waive any claim and any legal or equitable rights or remedies you may have against any Amazon Party with respect to User Generated Content, including, without limitation, any claim for copyright infringement. If you have, or believe that you have, any legal or equitable claim related to any User Generated Content, your sole remedy is to assert your claim directly against the Amazon Studios participant who submitted the User Generated Content.
Term and Termination
We may terminate this Agreement at any time without notice. You may terminate at any time by giving us notice of termination in accordance with this Agreement and discontinuing your use of Amazon Studios. Termination of this Agreement will not affect or discharge any other agreement you have entered into with us or our affiliates or any rights you have granted to us through Amazon Studios. All provisions of this Agreement survive termination of this Agreement unless specifically stated otherwise.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
AMAZON STUDIOS AND ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, AND SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON STUDIOS ARE PROVIDED BY AMAZON ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. AMAZON MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF AMAZON STUDIOS OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON STUDIOS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF AMAZON STUDIOS IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
YOU HEREBY WAIVE ALL CLAIMS AGAINST AMAZON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF AMAZON STUDIOS, FROM THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY AMAZON STUDIOS AGREEMENT, OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH AMAZON STUDIOS, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
LAWS IN CERTAIN JURISDITIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU HEREBY WAIVE ALL CLAIMS TO DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY AMAZON STUDIOS AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT, IN EXCESS OF $50 AND THE ENTIRE LIABILITY OF ALL AMAZON PARTIES TO YOU FOR SUCH DAMAGES WILL NOT EXCEED $50.
No Rescission or Injunctive Relief
All rights granted to Amazon under this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement are irrevocably vested. No breach by Amazon of this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement will entitle you to equitable relief, whether injunctive or otherwise, against or with respect to your content or any other works produced pursuant to the rights granted under this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement or their exploitation. If the rights granted to Amazon under this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement should revert to you under any copyright law or similar law, and if you are at any time thereafter prepared to enter into an agreement with a third party for the license, exercise or other disposition of all or any of those rights, you will, before entering into the agreement, give Amazon notice of the proposed terms (and all modifications of the terms) and the party involved. In each case, Amazon will then have 10 business days in which to elect to acquire the rights involved on the terms contained in the notice.
Any dispute or claim between you and Amazon relating in any way to this Agreement, any Amazon Studios Agreement, your visit to the Site or properties contributed to, developed on or distributed by or through the Site will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify. The Federal Arbitration Act and federal arbitration law apply to this Agreement.
There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages), and must follow the terms of this Agreement as a court would.
To begin an arbitration proceeding, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claim to our registered agent Corporation Service Company, 300 Deschutes Way SW, Suite 304, Tumwater, WA 98051. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its rules, including the AAA's Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes. The AAA's rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling 1-800-778-7879. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA's rules. We will reimburse those fees for claims totaling less than $10,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Likewise, Amazon will not seek attorneys' fees and costs in arbitration unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. You may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or in person in the county where you live or at another mutually agreed location.
We each agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, we each waive any right to a jury trial. We also both agree that you or we may bring suit in court to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights.
By visiting the Site, you agree that the Federal Arbitration Act, applicable federal law, and the laws of the state of Washington, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Conditions of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Amazon.
Feedback and Other Content
If you provide suggestions, ideas, comments, reviews, proposals, or other feedback to us (whether written, verbal or in any other format or manner) in connection with Amazon Studios ("Feedback"), we are free to use your Feedback in any manner without restriction and without compensating you. You acknowledge that we, on our own or through third parties, are developing and have received (and will in the future develop and receive) content of all variety, including screenplays, stories, proposals, movies, characters, ideas, or concepts that may be similar to content you provide, or may have similar storylines, characters, plot developments or other similarities to content you provide and that you will not have any rights with respect to the similar content or be entitled to any compensation with respect to the similar content. You forever release the Amazon Parties from any claims based on any such similar content.
Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce the provision or any other provision of this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement.
All notices sent by you with respect to this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement should be sent by certified mail to the following address:
All other notices and inquires (including any notices of copyright infringement or customer service issues) will not receive a response through this process and should use the notice procedures set forth in the Conditions of Use.
We may send notices to you by sending an email to the email address you supply when registering for an account, by posting a notice on Amazon Studios or by contacting you at any other addresses, phone numbers or email addresses you provide to us.
Complete Agreement; Enforceability
This Agreement, any Amazon Studios Agreement and the Contest Rules constitute the entire understanding between you and Amazon related to Amazon Studios. If any provision of this Agreement or any Amazon Studios Agreement is found to be invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that provision will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any other provision.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AND ANY OTHER AMAZON STUDIOS AGREEMENT BY ELECTRONIC MEANS CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT AND INTENT TO BE BOUND BY THE AGREEMENT.