Welcome to Consenses®, a service provided by Consenses Limited (“Consenses”, “we” “our”, “us”).
- Our principles with respect to your data and your privacy
- The information we collect about you
- How we use your personal information
- How we share your personal information
- Your choices with respect to your personal information
- How to contact us regarding privacy issues
We have a pretty simple approach to data protection and privacy, which can be summarized as follows:
You should know exactly what we do with your data.
You should have full control over your data.
We’ve designed the Website to give you control over the information you publish and share using Consenses and other sites and services to which you connect your Consenses usage?. Please take full advantage of these tools and make sure you only share what you want to share.
Information we collect about you.
We collect personal information about you from various sources:
Information Provided by You
You don’t need to provide us with any personal information in order to visit the Website. However, certain Services do require that you register for a Consenses account and, by doing so, you will provide us with certain personal information:
Essential Information: When you register (upload content to) any kind of Consenses account, you will need to provide your email address and choose a password. Your website URL, A profile picture or avatar, information about how you categorize yourself with respect to your content (for example, whether you are a musician, a painter or a dancer, etc.), Name of your artwork, Information about your interpretation, process and expression
Profile Information: You may choose to, at your discretion, to provide additional information for your public profile on Consenses – for example:
- the city and country in which you live
- details of your other websites and social media profiles, including links to those websites and profiles
Information you provide may be deleted, edited, changed or amended by you at any time. For more information, see the Choice and Control section below.
Information from Correspondence: You will provide certain personal information if you contact us by email, use any of the webforms on the Website, or contact us by mail, fax or other offline means.
Survey Information: If you participate in any survey, you will provide certain personal information as part of your response, unless you respond anonymously.
Information that you post: You provide personal information when you upload content to the Platform, or when you post comments, or contribute to community discussions.
Information we collect automatically: There is certain information that we collect automatically as the result of your use of the Platform, or through the use of web analytics services as described in our Cookies Policy. This information includes:
- the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device from which you access the Platform (this can sometimes be used to derive the country or city from which you are accessing the Platform)
- the site that you visited immediately prior to visiting the Website
- the specific actions that you take on the Platform, including the pages that you visit, streaming or downloading sounds, uploading or recording sounds, connecting your Facebook account, sharing a track with another user, following or unfollowing another user, joining or leaving a group, posting a comment, or performing a search
- any search terms that you may enter on the Website
- the time, frequency and duration of your visits to the Platform
- your browser type and operating system
- the nature of the device from which you are accessing the Platform, for example, whether you are accessing the Platform from a personal computer or from a mobile device
- information collected through cookies and similar technology, as described in our Cookies Policy
- information regarding your interaction with email messages, for example, whether you opened, clicked on, or forwarded the email message
Information from Other Sources: Consenses allows you to sign up and log in using your Facebook account. If you sign up using Facebook, Facebook will ask your permission to share certain information from your Facebook account with Consenses. This includes your first name, last name, gender, general location, a link to your Facebook profile, your timezone, birthday, profile picture, your “likes” and your list of friends.
If you sign up to Consenses using Facebook, your Consenses account will be connected automatically to your Facebook account, and information regarding your activity on Consenses, specifically any new public works that you post on Consenses and any new favorites, will be shared with Facebook and will be published in your timeline and your Facebook friends’ newsfeeds. If you do not wish to share your Consenses activity with your Facebook friends, you can control this from the Settings page on the Website – for more information, see the Choice and Control section below. If you signed up using Facebook by mistake, you can delete your account from the Account page within your Settings at any time or by e-mailing us.
How We Use Your Personal Information
We use the information that we collect about you for the following purposes:
- Your email address and password are used to identify you when you log into the Platform.
- Any additional information that you provide as part of your public profile, such as your real name, and links to your website and other social media profiles (but not your email address), will be published on your profile page. This information will be publicly accessible and may be viewed by anyone accessing the Website, or using our API or other Services. Please bear this in mind when considering whether to provide any additional information about yourself.
- Your email address will be used to send you service updates and notifications regarding your account, and (if you have elected to receive them using your account preferences) newsletters, marketing messages and certain email notifications. For information about how to change your preferences, and to unsubscribe from newsletters, marketing messages and email notifications, please see the Choice and Control section, below.
- If you are a Facebook user, and one of your Facebook friends registers for a Consenses account, we will suggest to your Facebook friend that you might be someone they may wish to follow on Consenses.org.
- If you are a Facebook user and sign up using Facebook, we may also use the information we receive about you from Facebook to suggest or connect you to users that you may wish to follow on Consenses. It will be up to you if you choose to follow these users and you can unfollow them at any time.
Your personal information is also used for the following general purposes:
- To operate and maintain your Consenses account, and to provide you with access to the Website and use of the Apps and any Services that you may request from time to time.
- To identify you as the creator of the content that you upload, the comments that you post and/or the other contributions that you make to the Platform.
- To seek your participation in surveys, and to conduct and analyze the results of those surveys if you choose to participate.
- To provide you with technical support
- To provide other users with data regarding people streaming and downloading their sounds.
- To analyze the use of the Platform, and the people visiting the Website and using the Apps and Services, in order to improve Consenses.
- To respond to you about any comment or inquiry you have submitted.
- To customize your use of the Platform and/or the content of any email newsletter or other material that we may send to you from time to time.
- For other purposes, provided we disclose this to you at the relevant time, and provided that you agree to the proposed use of your personal information.
Sharing of Your Personal Information
- Other Users: Any personal information in your public profile (other than your email address) will be accessible by other users of the Platform, who may view your profile information, listen to and comment on any of your content, add themselves to your list of followers, and send you messages.
- With your consent: We will disclose your personal information if you have explicitly agreed that we may do so. We will make this clear to you at the point at which we collect your information.
- Service Providers: We use certain reputable third parties to provide us with certain specialized services related to the Platform. These third parties will have access to certain information about you, but only where this is necessary in order for those third parties to provide their services to us. Where we transfer personal information to these third parties, we ask and require these third parties to implement appropriate organizational and technical security measures to protect against unauthorized disclosure of personal information, and only to process personal information in accordance with our instructions and to the extent necessary to provide their services to us.
- Users of our API: Consenses has an open API, which enables application developers to integrate elements of the Platform into exciting new apps. Some of these developers may be located outside of the United States. Any personal information that you choose to make public on the Platform, including your public profile information and any content, may be accessible to these developers. Please bear this in mind when deciding what information to publish. For information on how to limit the information that is available over the API, please see the Choice and Control section below.
- Other networks and connected apps: If you choose to connect your Consenses account to other apps or social networks such as Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter, you will be sharing certain information with these apps or networks. In the case of Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter, any new content that you post on Consenses or any new favorites will be shared to those networks and will be visible to your followers and friends on those networks. In the case of connected apps, you will need to provide the app developer with full access to your Consenses account in order to upload and download content, or comment on, favorite or repost content from within the app. This will mean sharing your public information, plus access to your private content. Consenses is not responsible for these other apps or networks, so please make sure you only connect your account with apps or services that you trust. For information on how to control the information that your share, and how to disconnect your account from other networks or apps, please see the Choice and Control section below.
- As aggregated data: We may aggregate your personal data with similar data relating to other users of the Platform in order to create statistical information regarding the Platform and its use, which we may then share with third parties or make publicly available. However, none of this information would include any email address or other contact information, or anything that could be used to identify you individually, either online or in real life.
- If required by law: We will disclose your personal information if we believe in good faith that we are permitted or required to do so by law, including in response to a court order, subpoena or other legal demand or request.
- To protect our interests: We may disclose your personal information if we feel this is necessary in order to protect or defend our legitimate rights and interests, or those of our users, employees, directors or shareholders, and/or to ensure the safety and security of the Platform and/or the Consenses community.
- In the context of a business transfer: We may transfer your personal information to any person or company that acquires all or substantially all of the assets or business of Consenses, or on a merger of our business, or in the event of our insolvency.
Cookies and Similar Technology
Choice and Control
We do our best to give you as much choice as possible regarding the amount of personal information you provide to us, and the control you have over that information.
It is not necessary for you to provide us with any information in order to visit the Website, although certain information will be collected automatically by virtue of your visit (as described above). However, if you do decide to upload content to Consenses, you can control your personal information in the following ways.
Check out the Email tab within your Settings page on the Website. When you are logged in to your account, you can access your Settings by clicking on your profile picture at the top of the screen, and selecting Settings from the drop-down menu.
From the Email tab you can tell us which email notifications (if any) you would like to receive from us; and any additional or alternative email addresses that you may wish us to use to communicate with you.
You can also turn off email notifications from the Account page within your Settings. This will immediately disable all email notifications, other than essential account notifications such as important service updates, reports of copyright infringement and other essential information relating to your account and your use of the Platform.
It is also possible to unsubscribe from email newsletters and notifications (other than essential account notifications) at any time by clicking on the link at the end of each email.
Sharing with Other Apps and Networks
The Connections tab within your Settings on the Website enables you to control the information you share with other networks and applications. As well as selecting those of your social networks you wish to share to, you can also control access to other services and applications to which you have connected your Consenses account.
If you sign up for Consenses using your Facebook account, your Consenses account and your Facebook account will be connected automatically, and information regarding the public sounds that you post or favorite on Consenses, will be shared with Facebook and will appear on your timeline and in your Facebook friends’ newsfeeds.
If you do not want this information shared with Facebook, please change your Settings.
Sharing with other users
Sharing with app developers: Consenses has an open API, which allows third-party developers to build some really cool apps as an extension of the Platform. If you would prefer that your content is not made available to third-party app developers, you can disable API access for each piece of art that you upload.
Information on how to block or disable cookies is included in our Cookies Policy. Further information is available at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
You can use the settings within our iOS and Android apps to opt-out of analytics tracking and bug reporting. Simply go to the settings screen on your iOS or Android device, and disable analytics and/or bug reporting to stop any analytics data or bug reporting information being sent from the app. Further information is available in our Cookies Policy.
Deleting Your Account (Removing Content)
You can delete your content from the Account page within your Settings on the Website at any time. Please bear in mind that, if you delete your account, all data associated with your account, including the sounds that you have uploaded and the usage data associated with those sounds, will be deleted and may not be recoverable. You are therefore advised to copy or back up all content uploaded to your account before you delete your account.
Even if you delete your Consenses account, it is possible that your information may still show up in some internet search results for a short while afterwards, if the search engine maintains a temporary cache of web pages. Search engines’ caching processes are outside of Consenses’s control and therefore we cannot be responsible for any information that remains cached by search engines after that information has been removed from the Platform.
Access to Your Data
As described above, most of the personal information you provide to us can be accessed and updated in the Settings page of your Consenses account. If you wish to access, amend or delete any other personal information we hold about you, or if you have any objection to the processing of any information that we hold about you, please contact us at email@example.com, or the address provided below.
If you ask us to delete your account (either via the Settings page or by email), we will do so within a reasonable period of time, but we may need to retain some of your personal information in order to satisfy our legal obligations, or where we have a legitimate reason for doing so.
International Data Transfers
Consenses is not intended for use by children. Anyone under the age of 13 is not permitted to use the Platform and must not attempt to register an account or submit any personal information to us. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from any person who is under the age of 13 or allow them to register an account. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal data from a person under the age of 13, we will delete this information as quickly as possible. If you have reason to believe that we may have collected any such data, please notify us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Learn about Copyright
Consenses is a platform for creators and we expect all Consenses users to respect other people’s copyright.
Please note: This page provides some basic information about copyright. However, nothing on this page constitutes legal advice – please do not treat it as legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any matters related to copyright.
What is Copyright?
“Copyright” is the term used to describe a number of legal rights that exist in original literary, musical, dramatic or artistic works, and in sound recordings, films, broadcasts and other creative works. Under copyright laws, these rights are exclusive to the copyright owner, and enable the copyright owner to control how their work is used and to prevent unauthorized use.
Originally, copyright laws allowed the creator of a work to prevent that work from being copied, but copyright laws have gradually been extended over time, and now allow copyright owners to prevent and control things like adaptation or public performance of the copyrighted work, inclusion of the work in a broadcast, or distribution of the work both physically and on the Internet. Because these rights are exclusive to the copyright owner, anyone wanting to do any of these things needs the permission of the copyright owner.
Copyright can exist in all sorts of things – for example, music, lyrics, photographs, artwork, books, speeches, TV programs and movies. Also, what might appear to be a single work can include several different copyrights owned by various different people. For example, a music track by a signed artist will often include separate copyrights in the composition, the lyrics, and the sound recording. Copyright in the music and lyrics will usually be owned by the artist or music publishing company, and copyright in the sound recording will usually be owned by the artist’s record label. Use of that track, including any adaptation of the track or any uploading or sharing over the Internet, will require the permission of all of these copyright owners, either directly or through their representatives (for example, through a collecting society or performing rights organization).
What is Copyright Infringement, and How Can I Avoid it?
Because the rights afforded by copyright law are exclusive to the copyright owner(s), you will infringe copyright if you do any of those things without the permission of the copyright owner(s) – for example, if you copy or adapt a copyrighted work, or make it available on the Internet.
The best way to avoid copyright infringement is to ensure that you don’t use anything created by anyone else. Simple as that.
If you do use someone else’s work, make sure you have the necessary permissions – this will usually take the form of a license from the copyright owner(s), which you may have to pay for. There are certain instances where you may be able to use excerpts of copyrighted material without a license – for example, if you use a small part of someone else’s work for the purposes of criticism or review, or if your use constitutes “fair use” under applicable law (particularly U.S. law) – however, discussion of these exceptions is beyond the scope of this guidance. If you intend to use any part of a copyrighted work in reliance on any of the statutory exceptions, you should seek legal advice first.
Copyright is complicated. If you have any doubt regarding the extent of your rights in any sounds, you should consult with a suitably qualified lawyer before uploading anything to Consenses or making any claims or counter-claims regarding your rights. However, as a general guide, here are some of the issues you might want to consider before uploading anything to Consenses:
Can you answer “yes” to all of the following questions?
- Did you create the work yourself?
- Did you create the work yourself or do you have permission from the person or people who produced or helped you produce the work to use it for this purpose?
- Do you have written permission from all copyright owners to use any copywritten media contained in the work?
Can you answer “no” to all of the following questions?
- Does anyone else own this work?
- Did anyone pay for, commission or assist in the making of this work who lays claims to it?
- Are you a member of an artist’s rights organization or collecting society?
- Have you licensed your work to anyone else?
- Does the work contain the entirety or any part of someone else’s work(s)? Is it based on someone else’s work(s)?
For information on copyright laws around the world, try the World Intellectual Property Office database: http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en.