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Programs to edit and optimize your music files
Digital audio files can be altered, modified and optimized to fit the musician's exact intentions. An audio editor can be used to cut, copy, and paste sections of audio to enable you to manipulate your audio file anyway you like. Sound editing software can also be used to remove unwanted sounds like clicks and pops, and to bring life to your music by enhancing audio detail that may have been lost. By manipulating and boosting certain frequencies and by adding any number of special effects you can significantly enhance your audio track.
Sound editing software can also convert between many different audio formats (MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, etc.).
These programs can help you achieve your goals.
Audacity is a free-of-charge Open-Source-Software and a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Free Open-Source Solution for Music Production on the Windows platform.
DarkWave Studio is a free, open source, Digital Audio Workstation for Windows. Featuring a modular...
Linux MultiMedia Studio is a free, cross-platform Music Studio, which allows you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of...
Programs to edit and jazz up your videos
Film editing has come a long way since its beginnings. Editors used to spend many long hours cutting film with razors and splicing sections together using tape or glue. It's quickly becoming a lost art.
Nowadays, most editors use non-linear editors. These are computer programs that allow users to cut, splice and re-cut movies quickly and easily.
A professional NLE can cost more than $1,000! But don't worry; with a good editor's eye and one of these free NLEs, you can make professional-quality videos using your own computer.
MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. It can play many movie files, not only MPEGs; it can convert MPEG files between muxed/demuxed formats...
Do you suffer from shaky cam syndrome? You're in luck, because vReveal is the cure. Its award-winning stabilization algorithms were developed for forensic videography.
Windows Movie Maker has been around for a while. You may have even used it way back on Windows ME. It's made significant strides since its humble beginnings, and is actually a very serviceable...
You can upload your composition to the VOICE OF THE WORLD platform even if it is already available on other portals (like YouTube, Vimeo, or MySpace). If your song is chosen as the winner the marketing rights of your composition will belong to us. However the song will always remain your song, so that you are always involved in all income and revenues. We will not sell your song to third-parties without your express approval.
You are responsible for the accuracy of the information about you. This information should be all true and accurate. In your interest you also declare yourself ready for possible interviews and concert dates for negotiated fee. In the case that you are one of the winners and / or finalists, you will be under contract with MIRIO Entertainment GmbH for the winning composition.
Yes! Your participation with VOTW is allowed if your song is already published, however it must be free of third-party rights. Because we take over the distribution of the winner's song, you may not be bound in this respect.
If you record a live video with your Smartphone or a video camera, the sound can be turned on so that the song is immediately recorded -- or you can record the music separately and synchronize it with the video. There are various options for post-production music synchronization. Depending on the type of music you are recording, it can be sufficient simply to use the built-in microphone in your computer. Otherwise, you can use an external microphone or even a mixer with multiple microphones. Depending on the operating system on your computer, there is also plenty of professional-quality, user-friendly recording software readily available to everyone. Recording software ranges from paid professional software bundles to freeware and open source solutions which give the user pro-ready tools free of charge. You can find an overview of some of the available software here -> Music Software.
You can upload a video only if you have chosen to register yourself as an artist and confirmed that you would like to take part in the competition during the registration process.
If you have logged on as an artist, you can find the 'Video' entry in the orange menu. You will access the upload form via this link. There you can give your video a title and a description.
You have to leave the page open until the upload bar shows 100%.
The video will then be automatically “converted” (optimized for our web-platform) by our software.
You will receive an email as soon as the video is available and accessible on the Voice Of The World website.
You can upload your videos in the following formats:
Go to your profile page by clicking on your profile picture on the orange My VOTW menu on the left side of the page. On your profile page you have the requested links directly under your profile picture:
You can enter 2 email addresses on your Voice Of The World profile:
To change your password click on Settings in the orange My VOTW menu.
On the profile page of an artist you will find the link “become a fan” under the profile picture of the artist. Generally, you have the possibility to “become a fan” of an artist everywhere you see the artists’ profile picture. If you drag your mouse over the image, a prompt appears -- by clicking when you see this you will get a menu in which you can choose to also 'become a fan'.
STUART EPPS – LEGENDARY MUSIC PRODUCER
Having worked with many great artists, including Elton John, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison, Bill Wyman, Robbie Williams, Jimmy Page, Paul Rogers, Jeff Beck, Oasis, Paul Weller, and many others, Stuart Epps is a legendary music-producer and giant in the industry.
With decades of experienced garnered from working with the very best musicians at the top of the industry, coupled with a real love for music, Stuart has an intuitive knack for knowing just what will make each track sound most authentic, a deep understanding of musicians and their needs and a clearheaded, dedicated approach to getting the job done.
Stuart took his first step into the music business as an errand boy for Dick James, the man who discovered the Beatles. Stuart says about the beginnings of his career: “Even though I was only the errand boy, I had stepped into an exciting world”. With a lot of ambition he worked his way up through being a disc cutter / tape copier and assistant engineer to the position of producer in only two years. During that time he became friends with the still relatively unknown Elton John and his manager Steve Brown and decided to become part of his career. At 18 years of age, he accompanied Elton John as his personal assistant on his US tour and experienced Elton’s sky rocketing career at first hand. Stuart was also A&R Manager for Rocket Records where he also co-managed Kiki Dee.
In 1974, producer Gus Dudgeon asked him if he would like to work in his studio – the now legendary Mill Studios – which he was just in the process of building. “Construction took two years and resulted in the most noble, and most modern studio of its time”, says Stuart. There he rediscovered his true passion for recording and producing. “To experience an album or a song taking shape from the demo version to the final master is a great feeling”, Stuart said. He worked on many projects with artists including Elton John and Chris Rea. Later, Jimmy Page bought the studio in the early 80’s and Stuart became the Studio Manager and began to work with Heavy Rock artists like Led Zeppelin.
After gathering enough experience, he took over Alvin Lee’s private studio “Wheeler End” in 1994 and turned it into a residential commercial studio. Among his customers were John Leckie (Beatles, Stone Roses, Muse) and Craig Leon (The Ramones, Blondie).
In recent years he has continued to work with big name artists to great acclaim, as well as helping a host of promising new and up-and-coming artists to sound their best, both on demo recordings and in full studio productions.
Sell your music worldwide online – on iTunes, Amazon, Musicload, Spotify, Deezer, and many more services. You keep 90% of the profits and you always have your sales information and statistics available, visible, and on hand through the free statistics-tools.
A fair and simple price-model. No running costs. No binding agreement or long-term contract.
Zimbalam is a service from Believe Digital, the leading digital distribution service in Europe. You profit from the application of the in-house technology and the direct deals with the shops.
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Mirio Entertainment specialises in providing a full range of services to personalities, based on a brand strategy and including all management and marketing needs. As soon as the media begin to notice a person because of his or her personal or professional achievements, expectations rise on that person's entire life and actions. Often such personalities suffer from the pressure of the public's view of them and the tough demands their social and professional surroundings place on them. Mirio collaborates closely with its clients, analysing their status in various steps, always comparing their self-image with that perceived by the outside world. This results in a clear profile and development potential.
Every civilization in human history has a tradition of music - in every Age of Man and in every culture our humanity has been expressed through music, and this musical tradition has been passed from generation to generation.
The world in the 21st century is a global community. We have all been brought together by astonishing technological advances, and every corner of our earth has been touched by this epochal transformation. VOICE OF THE WORLD is focused on bringing all of the disparate cultures and traditions together into one joyous global community celebrating music and song in all its forms and variations.
Music is a precious gift for children throughout the world. Sadly, throughout many under-developed and impoverished parts of the world, the study and appreciation of music is being disregarded and neglected. The daily struggle for simple survival in these regions is all-consuming, and the musical education of children is regarded as an unattainable luxury.
VOICE OF THE WORLD - and its Charity Foundation, MUSIC FOR THE WORLD —pledges to become a force for change and bring music study and a revival of musical tradition to needy children in all the corners of the world.
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD believes that music education is a right for all children, everywhere, including in the most disadvantaged and dangerous circumstances, and has a goal of securing children’s right to music education. In war-torn and impoverished countries music education can be a powerful tool for social transformation and can help build a sense of community and positive feedback to the most helpless and vulnerable in those societies - children.
Children exposed to a musical study involving rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers, according to a study published in the journal Psychology of Music. The study of music enhances school performance in language and literacy. Numerous studies have reported positive associations between music education and increased abilities in non-musical (eg, linguistic, reading, mathematical, and spatial) domains in children. Musical studies are supportive of literacy programmes that integrate skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening - and thus a critical component in a child’s education.
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD is defined as a strategic process to promote social change through the study and practice of musical education for children. Development of musical study programmes for children is one of the most empowering ways of improving education and other key social outcomes for children and their families in the most under-developed regions of the world.
As an international charity foundation, MUSIC FOR THE WORLD will present prominent celebrities and high-level music-industry professionals as “Ambassadors of Music” that will take the foundation’s humanitarian message of music education for disadvantaged children and promote and publicize it globally.
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD will initiate a dialogue with the local educational authorities and the parents of disadvantaged children and provide consultation on music education and encourage the participation of children, their families, and communities by:
Some of the barriers to girls’ education include poverty; economic issues; unfriendly child learning environments; lack of adequate classroom space, furniture and equipment; inadequate water, health and sanitation facilities; high pupil-teacher ratios; and inadequately trained school teachers
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD will strive to carry its message of musical studies for underprivileged children with a view to obtaining strong programme results and greater traction for policy change to benefit children, their families, communities and societies. These efforts are in line with the UN General Assembly's call to strengthen communication for development as a vital dimension of developmental and humanitarian assistance.
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD has a goal to be present in 6 continents and in over 40 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America to help children learn the joys of music study from early childhood through adolescence.
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD is a Non-Profit Charity Foundation and will be funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD Partnerships
Partnerships are critical to achieving positive results for children. It is important to underline that MUSIC FOR THE WORLD wishes to collaborate with a broad range of organizations and entities that share the core humanitarian values of the organization. MUSIC FOR THE WORLD is committed to helping build a world in which all children are able to enjoy their human right to study, practice, and find fulfillment in their cultural heritage through music and song. Our Charity foundation values the support of all people and all nations irrespective of their race, religion, ethnicity or political beliefs.
MUSIC FOR THE WORLD declines partnerships with entities which are engaged in activities that are not legal as well as those which do not conform to the spirit of the foundation’s policies. For further information, please contact: VOICE OF THE WORLD
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A Recording Weekend in London with legendary music producer Stuart Epps. Mr. Epps has produced a roster of celebrated artists and global superstars including megastars like Elton John, Robbie Williams, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Paul Weller, Jeff Beck, Chris de Burgh and former Beatle George Harrison. The 1st Prize will also include an international release of the winning song including Marketing and Promotion of the artist and his song.
Stuart Epps Homepage: http://www.stuartepps.co.uk
VOICE OF THE WORLD Beta Contest
The VOICE OF THE WORLD Beta contest has ended.
You can no longer vote.
Thank you for your participation.
VOICE OF THE WORLD Contest Rules
To participate in the VOICE OF THE WORLD global vocal-talent contest, you have to be at least 16 years of age. Minors (under 16 years of age) require the permission of their parents or their legal guardian.
The protocol of the contest is as follows:
In the community and the forum, the appropriate behavior and rules of morality are valid. Be nice to your fellow participants and respect them.
All musical content and material that is presented by artists in the VOICE OF THE WORLD global music-talent contest must be original content. Use of other artists' copyrighted material will not be allowed into the contest and artists that use such material will not be eligible to win the VOICE OF THE WORLD global music-talent contest. We are therefore not responsible for member's use of other artists' copyrighted material.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 9 CONTAINS A BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER. IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS ABOUT HOW TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE WITH VOICE OF THE WORLD. PLEASE READ IT.
This is an agreement between you and VOICE OF THE WORLD Corporation (or based on where you live one of its affiliates) that describes your rights to use the software and services identified in section 1.1. For your convenience, we have phrased some of the terms of this agreement in a question and answer format. You should review the entire agreement because all of the terms are important and together create a legal agreement, once accepted by you, that applies to you.
1. Scope of agreement, acceptance, and changes
1.1. What services are covered by this agreement? This agreement applies to VOICE OF THE WORLD branded services and any other software, website, or service that links to this agreement (collectively the "services").
1.2. What terms must I abide by when using the services? Our goal is to create a safer and more secure environment and therefore we require that, when using the services, users abide by the terms incorporated into this agreement by this reference (the "agreement").
1.3. How do I accept this agreement? By using or accessing the services, or by agreeing to these terms where the option is made available to you in the user interface, you agree to abide by this agreement without modification by you. If you do not agree, you may not use the services.
1.4. Can VOICE OF THE WORLD change these terms after I have accepted them? Yes. From time to time, VOICE OF THE WORLD may change or amend these terms. If we do, we will notify you, either through the user interface, in an email notification, or through other reasonable means. Your use of the services after the date the change becomes effective will be your consent to the changed terms. If you do not agree to the changes, you must stop using the services and cancel any paid services by following the instructions in section 9.10. Otherwise, the new terms will apply to you.
1.5. What types of changes can I expect to the services? We continuously work to improve the services and may change the services at any time. Additionally, there are reasons why VOICE OF THE WORLD may stop providing portions of the services, including (without limitation) that it's no longer feasible for us to provide it, the technology advances, customer feedback indicates a change is needed, or external issues arise that make it imprudent or impractical to continue. We may release the services or their features in beta version, which may not work correctly or in the same way the final version may work.
2. VOICE OF THE WORLD account
2.1. What is a VOICE OF THE WORLD account? To access portions of the services, such as the VOICE OF THE WORLD branded services, you will need a VOICE OF THE WORLD account. The VOICE OF THE WORLD account is the credentials you will use to authenticate with our network. To create a VOICE OF THE WORLD account, you must provide a user name and password, certain demographic information, and “account proofs,” such as an alternate email address or phone number. Existing VOICE OF THE WORLD account holders may need to provide “account proofs” to continue using their VOICE OF THE WORLD account. You are responsible for keeping your account information and password confidential and are responsible for all activity that occurs under your VOICE OF THE WORLD account. You can use your VOICE OF THE WORLD account to gain access to other VOICE OF THE WORLD products, websites, or services (like MUSIC FOR THE WORLD); however, the terms and conditions for those products, websites, or services, if different from this agreement, may also apply to your use of that product, website, or service. The VOICE OF THE WORLD branded services require that you sign into your VOICE OF THE WORLD account periodically, at a minimum every 270 days, to keep the VOICE OF THE WORLD branded services portion of the services active, unless provided otherwise in an offer for a paid portion of the services. If you fail to sign in during this period, we may cancel your access to the VOICE OF THE WORLD branded services. If the VOICE OF THE WORLD branded services are canceled due to your failure to sign in, your data may be permanently deleted from our servers.
2.2. What if I can't access my VOICE OF THE WORLD account? If you've forgotten your password or otherwise can't access your VOICE OF THE WORLD account, you can recover your VOICE OF THE WORLD account by visiting the Reset your password webpage. VOICE OF THE WORLD doesn't guarantee that your VOICE OF THE WORLD account will be restored or your content (as defined later) will be safeguarded.
3.1. Who owns the content that I put on the services? Content includes anything you upload to, store on, or transmit through the services, such as data, documents, photos, video, music, email, and instant messages (“content”). Except for material that we license to you that may be incorporated into your own content (such as clip art), we do not claim ownership of the content you provide on the services. Your content remains your content, and you are responsible for it. We do not control, verify, pay for, or endorse the content that you and others make available on the services.
3.2. Who can access my content? You have initial control over who may access your content. If you share content in public areas of the services or in shared areas available to others you’ve chosen, you agree that anyone you have shared content with may, for free, use, save, reproduce, distribute, display, and transmit that content in connection with their use of the services and other VOICE OF THE WORLD, or its licensees’, products and services. If you don't want others to have that ability, don't use the services to share your content. If you use or share content on the services in a way that infringes others’ copyrights, trademarks, other intellectual property rights, or privacy rights, you are breaching this agreement. You represent and warrant that for the duration of this agreement you have (and will have) all the rights necessary for the content you upload or share on the services and that the use of the content, as contemplated in this section 3.2, won't violate any law.
3.3. What does VOICE OF THE WORLD do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve VOICE OF THE WORLD products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, VOICE OF THE WORLD takes steps to help preserve your privacy.
3.4. Does VOICE OF THE WORLD have voice enabled services? No.
3.5. What type of content isn't permitted? Content that violates this agreement or your local law isn't permitted on the services. VOICE OF THE WORLD reserves the right to review content for the purpose of enforcing this agreement. VOICE OF THE WORLD may block or otherwise prevent delivery of any type of email, instant message, or other communication to or from the services as part of our effort to protect the services or our customers, or otherwise enforce the terms of this agreement.
3.6. Can VOICE OF THE WORLD remove my content from the services? Yes. We may ask you to remove your content from the services if it violates this agreement or the law. Failure to comply may result in loss of access to, or cancellation of, the services or your VOICE OF THE WORLD account. Additionally, VOICE OF THE WORLD may remove your content without asking you if we determine it's in violation of this agreement or the law, or if we receive a notice of intellectual property infringement from a third party.
4. Services cancellation
4.1. What happens if I don't abide by these terms? If you violate this agreement, we may take action against you including (without limitation) removing your content from the services, suspending your access to the services, asking you to refrain from certain activities, canceling your services, and/or referring such activity to appropriate authorities. Additionally, we enforce a policy that provides for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of the accounts of users who are repeat infringers. In the event we take action against you for a violation of this agreement, we may permanently delete, and you may permanently lose, some or all of your content stored on the services and/or we may cancel your services in their entirety. Data that is deleted may be irretrievable.
4.2. Are there other ways I could lose access to the services? Yes. Portions of the services require that you sign into your VOICE OF THE WORLD account at least once every 270 days. Failing to do so will (unless provided otherwise in an offer for paid services) result in a closure of your access to and use of that portion of the services, and you may permanently lose your content on that portion of the services. If you sign up for a paid portion of the services and fail to make an on-time payment, we may suspend or cancel that service (see section 9.1 for more details).
4.3. How can I terminate the services? You may terminate the services at any time and for any reason. You can do this by going to our account services and following the account closure process. If you are canceling your services, the quickest means of eliminating your content on the services is to manually remove it from the various components of the services (for example, manually delete your email). However, please note that while content you have deleted or that is associated with a closed account may not be accessible to you, it may still remain on our systems for a period of time.
4.4. What happens if my services are canceled or terminated? If your services are canceled or terminated (whether by you or us), your right to use the services stops immediately and your license to use our software ends. You must then uninstall the software, or, alternatively, we may disable it. If your services are canceled or terminated, we may permanently delete your content from our servers and we have no obligation to return content to you.
5.1. Does VOICE OF THE WORLD collect my personal information? Your privacy is important to us. We use certain information that we collect from you to operate and provide the services. Additionally, as part of the services, we may also automatically upload information about your machine, your use of the services and services performance.
5.2. Does VOICE OF THE WORLD disclose my personal information outside of VOICE OF THE WORLD? You consent and agree that VOICE OF THE WORLD may access, disclose, or preserve information associated with your use of the services, including (without limitation) your personal information and content, or information that VOICE OF THE WORLD acquires about you through your use of the services (such as IP address or other third-party information) when VOICE OF THE WORLD forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary (a) to comply with applicable law or to respond to legal process from competent authorities; (b) to enforce this agreement or protect the rights or property of VOICE OF THE WORLD or our customers; or (c) to help prevent a loss of life or serious physical injury to anyone.
5.3. How does VOICE OF THE WORLD respond to legal process? Similar to other providers of Internet services, VOICE OF THE WORLD is served with legal demands and requests from law enforcement, government entities, and private litigants for content stored on our network. This information may relate to an alleged crime or civil matter and is usually requested pursuant to the normal legal process of the country or locality where the activity occurred. VOICE OF THE WORLD may be obligated to comply with requests for your information or your content as part of such investigations or legal proceedings.
6. Services disruptions and backup
We strive to keep the services up and running; however, all online services suffer occasional disruptions and outages, and VOICE OF THE WORLD isn't liable for any disruption or loss you may suffer as a result. You should regularly backup the content that you store on the services. Having a regular backup plan and following it can help you prevent loss of your content.
7.1. What terms govern the software that is part of the services? If you use or receive software from us as part of the services, it's governed by one of two sets of license terms (the “license terms”): If you are presented with a license for the software, the terms of that license apply to the software; if no license is presented to you, the terms of this agreement apply not only to the services but also to the software (and the term “services” in this agreement includes the software). The software is licensed, not sold, and VOICE OF THE WORLD reserves all rights to the software not expressly granted by VOICE OF THE WORLD under the license terms, whether by implication, estoppel, or otherwise. If this agreement governs the website you are viewing, any third party scripts or code, linked to or referenced from this web site, are licensed to you by the third parties that own such code, not by VOICE OF THE WORLD.
7.2. How can I use the software that is provided as part of the services? We grant you the right to install and use one copy of the software per device for use by only one person at a time as part of your use of the services, but only if you comply with all other terms in this agreement.
7.3. Are there things I can't do with the software or services? Yes. In addition to the other restrictions in this agreement, you may not circumvent or bypass any technological protection measures in or relating to the software or services or disassemble, decompile, or reverse engineer any software or other aspect of the services that is included in or accessible through the services, except and only to the extent that the applicable copyright law expressly permits doing so; separate components of the software or services for use on different devices; publish, copy, rent, lease, or lend the software or the services; or transfer the software, any software licenses, or any rights regarding the services, except as expressly permitted by this agreement. You may not use the services in any unauthorized way that could interfere with anyone else’s use of them or gain access to any service, data, account, or network. You may not enable access to the services by unauthorized third-party applications.
7.4. How is the software updated? We may automatically check your version of the software. We may also automatically download updates to the software from time to time. You agree to accept such updates subject to these terms unless other terms accompany the updates. If so, those other terms apply. VOICE OF THE WORLD isn't obligated to make any updates available and doesn't guarantee that we will support the version of the system for which you licensed the software.
8. If you pay VOICE OF THE WORLD, the following terms apply to you
8.1. Charges. If there is a charge associated with a portion of the services, you agree to pay that charge. The price stated for the service excludes all applicable taxes and currency exchange settlements, unless stated otherwise. You are solely responsible for paying such taxes or other charges. We may suspend or cancel the services if we don't receive an on time, full payment from you. Suspension or cancellation of the services for non-payment could result in a loss of access to and use of your account and its content.
8.2. Your billing account. To pay the charges for a service, you will be asked to provide a payment method at the time you sign up for that service. Additionally, you agree to permit VOICE OF THE WORLD to use any updated account information regarding your payment method provided by your issuing bank or the applicable payment network. You agree to keep your billing account information current at all times. Changes made to your billing account won't affect charges we submit to your billing account before we could reasonably act on your changes to your billing account.
8.3. Billing. By providing VOICE OF THE WORLD with a payment method, you (i) represent that you are authorized to use the payment method that you provided and that any payment information you provide is true and accurate; (ii) authorize VOICE OF THE WORLD to charge you for the services using your payment method; and (iii) authorize VOICE OF THE WORLD to charge you for any paid feature of the services that you choose to sign up for or use while this agreement is in force. We may bill you (a) in advance; (b) at the time of purchase; (c) shortly after purchase; or (d) on a recurring basis for subscription services. Also, we may charge you up to the amount you've approved, and we'll notify you in advance of any change in the amount to be charged for recurring subscription services. We may bill you at the same time for more than one of your prior billing periods for amounts that haven't previously been processed.
8.4. Automatic renewal. Provided that automatic renewals are allowed in your country, province, or state, we will inform you by email before automatically renewing your services. Once we have informed you that the services will be automatically renewed, we may automatically renew your services and charge you the then current price for the renewal term. We will also remind you that we will bill your chosen payment method for the services renewal, whether it was on file on the renewal date or provided later. We will also provide you with instructions on how you may cancel the services. You must cancel the services before the renewal date to avoid being billed for the renewal.
8.5. Online statement and errors. We'll provide you with an online billing statement where you can view and print your statement. This is the only billing statement that we provide. It's your responsibility to print or save a copy of each online statement and retain such copy for your records. If we make an error on your bill, you must tell us within 120 days after the error first appears on your bill. We will then promptly investigate the charge. If you don't tell us within that time, you release us from all liability and claims of loss resulting from the error and we won't be required to correct the error or provide a refund. If VOICE OF THE WORLD has identified a billing error, we will correct that error within 90 days.
8.6. Cooling off period. When you request a service from us, you agree that we may begin to provide the services immediately. You won't be entitled to a cancellation or "cooling off" period, except if the law requires a cooling off period. You may cancel paid services as provided in section 8.10.
8.7. Trial period offers. If you are taking part in any trial period offer, you must cancel the services by the end of the trial period to avoid incurring new charges, unless we notify you otherwise. If you don't cancel your services at the end of the trial period, we may charge you for the services.
8.8. Price changes. We may change the price of the services at any time and will notify you by email at least 15 days before the price change. If you don't agree to the price change, you must cancel and stop using the services before the price change takes effect. If there is a fixed term and price for your service offer, that price will remain in force for the term.
8.9. Refund policies. Unless otherwise provided by law or by a particular service offer, all purchases are final and non-refundable.
8.10. Canceling the services. You may cancel the services at any time, with or without cause. You should refer back to the offer describing the services as (i) you may not receive a refund at the time of cancellation; (ii) you may be obligated to pay cancellation charges; (iii) you may be obligated to pay all charges made to your billing account for the services before the date of cancellation; or (iv) you may lose access to and use of your account when you cancel the services. If you cancel, your services end at the end of your current service period or, if we bill your account on a periodic basis, at the end of the period in which you canceled.
8.11. Late payments. You must pay for all reasonable costs we incur to collect any past due amounts. These include reasonable attorneys' fees and other legal fees and costs.
8.12. Payments to you. If we owe you a payment, then you agree to timely and accurately provide us with any information we need to get that payment to you. You are responsible for any taxes and charges you may incur as a result of this payment to you. You must also comply with any other conditions we place on your right to any payment. If you receive a payment in error, we may reverse or require return of the payment. You agree to cooperate with us in our efforts to do this. We may also reduce the payment to you without notice to adjust for any previous overpayment.
8.13. Internet access services and charges. If the services don't include Internet access, you are responsible for paying the fees charged by your Internet access provider. Those fees are in addition to the fees you pay us for the services. If you access the services through wireless devices (for example, mobile phones, tablets), your wireless carrier may charge fees for alerts, web browsing, messaging, and other services that require the use of airtime and wireless data services. Check with your carrier to verify whether there are any such fees that may apply to you. You are solely responsible for any costs you incur to access the services through any wireless or other communication service.
The rest of this section 8.13 applies only if your services include Internet access. This service may not be available in your country or region. If you use a dial-up modem, you may incur toll, roaming, or other access charges, depending on the number you call and from where you call. You should check with your local telephone company first to determine if the number you plan to use will incur such charges. Even if we suggest a phone number for you to call, you may still incur charges, depending on your local provider, calling location, and phone plan. We won't reimburse you for such charges
9. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES
This section applies to any dispute EXCEPT IT DOESN'T INCLUDE A DISPUTE RELATING TO THE ENFORCEMENT OR VALIDITY OF YOUR, VOICE OF THE WORLD’S, OR EITHER OF OUR LICENSORS’ INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. The term “dispute” means any dispute, action, or other controversy between you and VOICE OF THE WORLD concerning the services (including their price) or this agreement, whether in contract, warranty, tort, statute, regulation, ordinance, or any other legal or equitable basis. “Dispute” will be given the broadest possible meaning allowable under law.
9.1. Notice of Dispute. In the event of a dispute, you or VOICE OF THE WORLD must give the other a Notice of Dispute, which is a written statement that sets forth the name, address, and contact information of the party giving it, the facts giving rise to the dispute, and the relief requested. You must send any Notice of Dispute by U.S. Mail to the VOICE OF THE WORLD Corporation. VOICE OF THE WORLD will send any Notice of Dispute to you by U.S. Mail to your address if we have it, or otherwise to your email address. You and VOICE OF THE WORLD will attempt to resolve any dispute through informal negotiation within sixty (60) days from the date the Notice of Dispute is sent. After sixty (60) days, you or VOICE OF THE WORLD may commence arbitration.
9.2. Small claims court. You may also litigate any dispute in small claims court in your county of residence if the dispute meets all requirements to be heard in the small claims court. You may litigate in small claims court whether or not you negotiated informally first.
9.3. Binding arbitration. If you and VOICE OF THE WORLD don't resolve any dispute by informal negotiation or in small claims court, any other effort to resolve the dispute will be conducted exclusively by binding arbitration as described in this section. You are giving up the right to litigate (or participate in as a party or class member) all disputes in court before a judge or jury. Instead, all disputes will be resolved before a neutral arbitrator, whose decision will be final except for a limited right of appeal under the Federal Arbitration Act. Any court with jurisdiction over the parties may enforce the arbitrator’s award.
9.4. Class action waiver. Any proceedings to resolve or litigate any dispute in any forum will be conducted solely on an individual basis. Neither you nor VOICE OF THE WORLD will seek to have any dispute heard as a class action or in any other proceeding in which either party acts or proposes to act in a representative capacity. No arbitration or proceeding will be combined with another without the prior written consent of all parties to all affected arbitrations or proceedings.
9.5. Arbitration procedure. Any arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) under its Commercial Arbitration Rules. If you are an individual and use the services for personal or household use, or if the value of the dispute is $75,000 or less whether or not you are an individual or how you use the services, its Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes will also apply. You agree to commence arbitration only in your county of residence. VOICE OF THE WORLD agrees to commence arbitration only in your county of residence. You may request a telephonic or in-person hearing by following the AAA rules. In a dispute involving $10,000 or less, any hearing will be telephonic unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. The arbitrator may award the same damages to you individually as a court could. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only to you individually, and only to the extent required to satisfy your individual claim.
9.6. Arbitration fees and incentives.
• 9.6.1. Disputes involving $75,000 or less. VOICE OF THE WORLD will promptly reimburse your filing fees and pay the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses. If you reject VOICE OF THE WORLD’s last written settlement offer made before the arbitrator was appointed (“VOICE OF THE WORLD’s last written offer”), your dispute goes all the way to an arbitrator’s decision (called an “award”), and the arbitrator awards you more than VOICE OF THE WORLD’s last written offer, VOICE OF THE WORLD will give you three incentives: (i) pay the greater of the award or $1,000; (ii) pay twice your reasonable attorney’s fees, if any; and (iii) reimburse any expenses (including expert witness fees and costs) that your attorney reasonably accrues for investigating, preparing, and pursuing your claim in arbitration. The arbitrator will determine the amount of fees, costs, and expenses unless you and VOICE OF THE WORLD agree on them.
• 9.6.2. Disputes involving more than $75,000. The AAA rules will govern payment of filing fees and the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses.
• 9.6.3. Disputes involving any amount. In any arbitration you commence, VOICE OF THE WORLD will seek its AAA or arbitrator’s fees and expenses, or your filing fees it reimbursed, only if the arbitrator finds the arbitration frivolous or brought for an improper purpose. In any arbitration VOICE OF THE WORLD commences, VOICE OF THE WORLD will pay all filing, AAA, and arbitrator’s fees and expenses. VOICE OF THE WORLD won't seek its attorney’s fees or expenses from you in any arbitration. Fees and expenses are not counted in determining how much a dispute involves.
9.7. Conflict with AAA rules. This agreement governs to the extent it conflicts with the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules and Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes.
9.8. Claims or disputes must be filed within one year. To the extent permitted by law, any claim or dispute under this agreement must be filed within one year in small claims court (section 9.2), an arbitration proceeding (section 9.3), or in court, if section 9.9 permits the dispute to be filed in court instead of arbitration. The one-year period begins when the claim or Notice of Dispute first could be filed. If a claim or dispute isn't filed within one year, it's permanently barred.
9.9. Severability. If the class action waiver in section 9.4 is found to be illegal or unenforceable as to all or some parts of a dispute, then section 9 won't apply to those parts. Instead, those parts will be severed and proceed in a court of law, with the remaining parts proceeding in arbitration. If any other provision of this section 9 is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that provision will be severed with the remainder of section 9 remaining in full force and effect.
10. NO WARRANTIES
VOICE OF THE WORLD, AND OUR AFFILIATES, RESELLERS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND VENDORS, MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, GUARANTEES OR CONDITIONS WITH RESPECT TO YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND THAT WE PROVIDE THE SERVICES ON AN “AS IS” BASIS “WITH ALL FAULTS” AND “AS AVAILABLE.” VOICE OF THE WORLD DOESN'T GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OR TIMELINESS OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE SERVICES. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER YOUR LOCAL LAW, WE EXCLUDE ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING FOR MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU MAY HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS UNDER YOUR LOCAL LAW. NOTHING IN THIS AGREEMENT IS INTENDED TO AFFECT THOSE RIGHTS, IF THEY ARE APPLICABLE.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT COMPUTER AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS ARE NOT FAULT-FREE AND OCCASIONAL PERIODS OF DOWNTIME OCCUR. WE DON'T GUARANTEE THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT CONTENT LOSS WON'T OCCUR.
11. Limitation of liability
If VOICE OF THE WORLD breaches this agreement, you agree that your exclusive remedy is to recover, from VOICE OF THE WORLD or any affiliates, resellers, distributors, and vendors, direct damages up to an amount equal to your services fee for one month. YOU CAN'T RECOVER ANY OTHER DAMAGES OR LOSSES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONSEQUENTIAL, LOST PROFITS, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR PUNITIVE. These limitations and exclusions apply if this remedy doesn't fully compensate you for any losses or fails of its essential purpose or if we knew or should have known about the possibility of the damages. To the maximum extent permitted by law, these limitations and exclusions apply to anything related to this agreement such as loss of content; any virus affecting your use of the services; delays or failures in starting or completing transmissions or transactions; claims for breach of contract, warranty, guarantee, or condition; strict liability; negligence; misrepresentation or omission; trespass; violation of statute or regulation; or unjust enrichment. Some or all of these limitations or exclusions may not apply to you if your state, province, or country doesn't allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental, consequential, or other damages.
12. VOICE OF THE WORLD contracting entity
12.1. United States. If you live in (or, if you are a business, you are headquartered in) the United States, you are contracting with VOICE OF THE WORLD Corporation. The laws of the state where you live govern the interpretation of this agreement, claims for breach of it, and all other claims (including consumer protection, unfair competition, and tort claims), regardless of conflict of law principles. You and we irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state or federal courts chosen by VOICE OF THE WORLD, for all disputes arising out of or relating to this agreement or the services that are heard in court (not arbitration and not small claims court).
12.2. North or South America outside the United States. If you live in (or, if you are a business, you are headquartered in) North or South America outside the United States, you are contracting with VOICE OF THE WORLD Corporation at THEIR CORPORATE LOCATION OF CHOICE. All other claims, including claims regarding consumer protection laws, unfair competition laws, and in tort, will be subject to the laws of the country to which we direct your services.
12.3. Europe. If you live in (or, if you are a business, you are headquartered in) Europe, you are contracting with VOICE OF THE WORLD at the CORPORATE LOCATION OF THEIR CHOICE and the laws of that location / country govern the interpretation of this agreement and apply to claims for breach of it, regardless of conflict of laws principles. All other claims, including claims regarding consumer protection laws, unfair competition laws, and in tort, will be subject to the laws of the country to which we direct your service. With respect to jurisdiction, you and VOICE OF THE WORLD may choose the country to which we direct your service for all disputes arising out of or relating to this agreement.
12.4. Middle East or Africa. If you live in the Middle East or Africa, you are contracting with VOICE OF THE WORLD at the CORPORATE LOCATION OF THEIR CHOICE, and the laws of this location govern the interpretation of this agreement and apply to claims for breach of it, regardless of conflict of laws principles. All other claims, including claims regarding consumer protection laws, unfair competition laws, and in tort, will be subject to the laws of the country to which we direct your services. You and we irrevocably agree to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of our choice for all disputes arising out of or relating to this agreement.
12.5. Asia or the South Pacific, unless your country is specifically called out. If you live in (or, if you are a business, you are headquartered in) Asia or the South Pacific, you are contracting with VOICE OF THE WORLD at the CORPORATE LOCATION OF THEIR CHOICE, and that locations’ laws governs this agreement, regardless of conflict of laws principles.
13. Third-party websites
You may be able to access third-party websites or services via the services. VOICE OF THE WORLD isn't responsible for third-party websites, services, or content available through those third-party services. You are solely responsible for your dealings with third-parties (including advertisers). Your use of third-party websites or services may be subject to that third-party’s terms and conditions.
14. Assignment and transfer
We may assign this agreement, in whole or in part, at any time without notice to you. You may not assign this agreement or transfer any rights to use the services.
You consent to VOICE OF THE WORLD providing you notifications about the services or information the law requires us to provide via email to the address that you specified when you signed up for the services. Notices emailed to you will be deemed given and received when the email is sent. If you don't consent to receive notices electronically, you must stop using the services. You may notify VOICE OF THE WORLD as stated in customer support for the services.
16. Contract interpretation
This is the entire agreement between you and VOICE OF THE WORLD for your use of the services. It supersedes any prior agreements between you and VOICE OF THE WORLD regarding your use of the services. All parts of this agreement apply to the maximum extent permitted by relevant law. If a court holds that we can't enforce a part of this agreement as written, we may replace those terms with similar terms to the extent enforceable under the relevant law, but the rest of this agreement won't change. The agreement’s section titles are for reference only and have no legal effect.
17. No third-party beneficiaries
This agreement is solely for your and our benefit. It isn't for the benefit of any other person, except for VOICE OF THE WORLD’s successors and assigns.
18. Font components
You may use the fonts to display and print content only while using the services. You may not circumvent any embedding restrictions in the fonts
Customer support for the VOICE OF THE WORLD branded services is available on the website.
Notices and procedure for making claims of copyright infringement. Notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to VOICE OF THE WORLD's designated agent. INQUIRIES NOT RELEVANT TO THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE WILL RECEIVE NO RESPONSE.
Notices and procedures regarding intellectual property concerns in Sponsored Sites advertising. Please review our guidelines regarding intellectual property concerns on our advertising network.
Copyright and trademark notices. All contents of the services are Copyright © VOICE OF THE WORLD Corporation and/or its suppliers. We or our suppliers own the title, copyright, and other intellectual property rights in the services and its content. VOICE OF THE WORLD and the names, logos, and icons of all VOICE OF THE WORLD products, software, and services may be either trademarks or registered trademarks of VOICE OF THE WORLD (http://www.VOICEOFTHEWORLD.com) in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted in this agreement are reserved.
Financial notice. VOICE OF THE WORLD isn't a broker/dealer or registered investment advisor under United States federal securities law or securities laws of other jurisdictions and doesn't advise individuals as to the advisability of investing in, purchasing, or selling securities or other financial products or services. Nothing contained in the services is an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. Neither VOICE OF THE WORLD nor its licensors of stock quotes or index data endorse or recommend any particular financial products or services. Nothing in the services is intended to be professional advice, including but not limited to, investment or tax advice.
Notice about the H.264/AVC Visual Standard and the VC-1 Video Standard. The software may include H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and/or VC-1 decoding technology. MPEG LA, L.L.C. requires this notice:
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC AND THE VC-1 PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSES FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (A) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE STANDARDS ("VIDEO STANDARDS") AND/OR (B) DECODE AVC AND VC-1 VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE SUCH VIDEO. NONE OF THE LICENSES EXTEND TO ANY OTHER PRODUCT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH PRODUCT IS INCLUDED WITH THIS SOFTWARE IN A SINGLE ARTICLE. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE THE MPEG LA WEBSITE.
For clarification purposes only, this notice doesn't limit or inhibit the use of the software provided under this agreement for normal business uses that are personal to that business which don't include (i) redistribution of the software to third parties, or (ii) creation of content with the Video Standards compliant technologies for distribution to third parties.
All musical content and material that is presented by artists in the VOICE OF THE WORLD global music-talent contest must be original content. Use of other artists' copyrighted material will not be allowed into the contest and artists that use such material will not be eligible to win the VOICE OF THE WORLD global music-talent contest. We are therefore not responsible for member's use of other artists' copyrighted material.
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