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I kept seeing this Dabel thing popping up all over blind Twitter, so I googled it. Looks like it’s the next AudioBoom and I downloaded the app and read the terms of service. Spoiler alert: they’re nasty, and I would strongly encourage anyone who gives a shit about the content they’re creating on the service to not create content on the service and own your content instead. This applies especially to all the blind musicians who are working on music while on the service. Some tidbits:

For clarity, you retain all ownership rights in your content. However, by sharing or submitting content to the Service, you hereby grant the Company a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the content in connection with the Service and the Company’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including but without limitation to promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media format and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Use.

and

5. The Company determines the user’s shared or submitted content is in any way offensive, including but not limited to, pornography, obscenity, or hateful speech. The Company reserves the right to remove such content, without prior notice and in its sole discretion.
6. The Company decides to do so, at its sole discretion and without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever.
Illegal and/or unauthorized uses of the Service, including, but not limited to, unauthorized framing of or linking to the website or unauthorized use of any robot, spider, or other automated device on the website, will be investigated. Such actions will not only be subject to a suspension or termination of user’s access to the Service, but will also be subject to appropriate legal action, including and without limitation to, civil, criminal, and injunctive redress.

(The whole thing’s here), and while this version is linked from the Ball site, I’ve compared the version at this page and the version in the Dabel app and they’re the same word-for-word. Friends don’t let friends engage in digital sharecropping. Own your content.


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