This ACX Account Holder Agreement ("Agreement") is a binding agreement between Audible, Inc. ("Audible", "we" or "us"), which, together with its affiliates, operates the audiobook production service and rights marketplace available at www.acx.com ("ACX"), and you and, if applicable, the individual, company or other legal entity you represent (collectively, "you"). By "affiliates" we mean any entity that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with Audible. This Agreement incorporates by reference (1) the Privacy Notice posted on ACX ("Privacy Notice"), (2) the Conditions of Use posted on ACX ("Conditions of Use"), and the policies, conditions, rules and procedures for use of ACX posted on ACX, as these policies, conditions, and rules and procedures may be modified by Audible or its affiliates from time to time.
By clicking the "Accept" button for this Agreement or accepting any modification to this Agreement in accordance with Section 3 below, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you are entering into this Agreement on behalf of an individual, company or other legal entity, you represent that you have the legal authority to bind that individual, company or legal entity to this Agreement. If you do not have the legal authority, or if you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you must select the "Decline" button and you may not use ACX.
Welcome. This Agreement includes the following Sections:
You may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving us notice of termination in accordance with ACX notice procedures and discontinuing your use of ACX, provided that you do not have any current and continuing production agreements in place through ACX. In the event you have a current production agreement in place through ACX, you may not terminate this Agreement or your account on ACX until such time as all audiobooks that are subject to such agreements are produced and delivered to Audible. Termination of this Agreement will not affect any agreement you have entered into through ACX with Audible or another ACX participant prior to termination or any distribution rights you have granted through ACX prior to termination. Provisions not specifically stated to apply only during the term of this Agreement survive termination of this Agreement.Back to Top
We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to immediately suspend, modify your access to and/or terminate, your account, or remove any content you have posted to ACX, in our sole discretion for any reason, including, without limitation, (a) if we determine that your account has been, or may have been, compromised or misused in any way (as evidenced, for example, through activity suggesting unauthorized use) or is subject to risk of compromise or misuse, or (b) if advisable to comply with any law, governmental or regulatory activity.Back to Top
As a new and dynamic service, ACX will grow and evolve over time. As it does, we’ll need to adapt the terms of this Agreement. Unless otherwise noted at the time of posting, changes to this Agreement will be effective immediately upon our posting of them. You accept changes by using ACX after we have posted changes or, if we provide you a means of indicating your acceptance online, by clicking “Accept” or its equivalent. If you do not agree to the changes, you must not use ACX after we’ve posted changes, other than to terminate your ACX account in accordance with the procedures we provide at the time for account termination. We will give you notice of changes by posting them on ACX or by including a notice during or after the log-in process. It’s your responsibility to check for changes. Changes to this Agreement will not affect any other agreement you have entered into through ACX with Audible or another ACX participant prior to the effective date of such changes or any distribution rights you have granted through ACX prior to the effective date of such changes.Back to Top
To open an account on ACX, you must be at least 18 years old or the legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which you reside. You may not open an account if you are a national or legal permanent resident of Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.
In order for an audiobook publisher to have an account, the publisher must first have an agreement in place with Audible.com. To set up an agreement with Audible.com, use the contact information located here
You agree that if we terminate any ACX account you have for any reason, you will end your use of all ACX accounts and will not establish a new ACX account. You will not use a false name or a name you are not authorized to use to open an account and will not use a username or password you are not authorized to use.Back to Top
We have full discretion and responsibility for the design and operation of ACX and all services we offer on ACX. We may modify or discontinue ACX in part or in its entirety or any service we provide on ACX at any time in our sole discretion. The modification or discontinuance of ACX will not affect any agreement you have entered into through ACX with Audible or another ACX participant prior to the modification or discontinuance of ACX, including any of your payment rights, or any distribution rights you have granted through ACX.Back to Top
You agree that any non-public business information, including sales data or financial data, that you receive through ACX that we have not already publicly disclosed is confidential and that you will restrict the communication of the data to your employees and business associates who (a) have a legitimate business need to know the data, and (b) have entered into a written nondisclosure agreement obligating them to refrain from disclosure of the data. You may, however, disclose data as required to comply with applicable law provided that you: (x) give us prior written notice sufficient to allow us to seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy, (y) disclose only the data required to be disclosed, and (z) use reasonable efforts to obtain confidential treatment for any data you disclose.Back to Top
We may limit works eligible for production on ACX from time to time and you agree to abide by any limitations we post on ACX or otherwise inform you of. We currently only accept works published by a limited set of pre-approved publishers and do not accept public domain works and certain other categories of works (see our FAQ on Eligible Works). If you attempt to post your work on ACX and it is shown as ineligible because it is not published by one of the publishers we have pre-approved, you can email us at email@example.com.Back to Top
You must comply with all rules provided on ACX that apply to activities you engage in on ACX, including all ACX related activities you engage in with other ACX participants.Back to Top
Your activities on ACX and the exercise of the rights you grant through ACX may not violate applicable law or the rights of any third party.Back to Top
You will indemnify and protect Audible, its affiliates, its subdistributors and any other ACX participant from any losses or liabilities incurred (a) because you did not have, or it is claimed you did not have, all rights required to grant the rights you granted through ACX, (b) as a result of your failure to meet any of your other obligations with respect to ACX, or (c) as a result of your breach of any agreement you enter into through ACX, including agreements with other ACX participants. When this indemnity obligation applies, you will be required to pay all applicable costs and damages, including all costs of counsel to defend Audible, its affiliates and subdistributors and other ACX participants, and all damages awarded in a court of law against Audible, its affiliates and subdistributors and other ACX participants or in any settlement entered into by Audible, its affiliates and subdistributors and other ACX participants, including any costs associated with the resolution of any claim or proceeding.Back to Top
Audible may deduct or withhold any taxes that Audible may be legally obligated to deduct or withhold from any amounts payable to you under this Agreement. Payment to you, as reduced by such deductions or withholdings, will constitute full payment and settlement to you of amounts payable under this Agreement. Throughout the term of this Agreement, you will provide Audible with any forms, documents, or certifications as may be required for Audible to satisfy any information reporting or withholding tax obligations with respect to any payments under this Agreement.
Additionally, ACX participants may be legally obligated to deduct or withhold taxes from amounts payable to you, however you are ultimately responsible for paying any taxes that you may owe.Back to Top
You agree to ensure that there are either no third party rights payments or other payments required in connection with the exercise of the rights you grant through ACX (e.g., no obligation that third parties be paid a royalty in connection with the distribution of an audiobook made based on rights you make available through ACX or the services performed by a third party in connection with the production of an audiobook, including any narrator, owner of artwork, or editor or engineer service provider), or that you will discharge all such rights payments entirely yourself.Back to Top
THIS SITE AND ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, AND SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED BY AUDIBLE ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. AUDIBLE MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THIS SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, AUDIBLE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. AUDIBLE DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE AND ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE OR ITS SERVERS, OR E-MAIL SENT FROM ACX ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. AUDIBLE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, INCLUDING SOFTWARE, OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING.Back to Top
This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of New York.
Disputes between ACX Participants. Notwithstanding any other provisions regarding governing law and disputes that may be applicable, any dispute between you and another ACX participant relating to ACX will be resolved exclusively through the procedures set forth below.
Discussions. The parties will first attempt to resolve concerns through informal discussions. If either party has a concern and requests discussions, the parties agree to discuss the concern in good faith and work toward finding a mutually agreeable solution.
Arbitration. In the event the discussions between you and any other ACX participant fail, the dispute will be submitted to binding arbitration in accordance with the then applicable Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. Exclusive venue for any arbitration will be New York, New York.
Disputes between ACX Participants and Audible. Notwithstanding any other provisions regarding governing law and disputes that may be applicable, in the event of a dispute between you and Audible related to ACX, the dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of courts sitting in the County of New York, New York in accordance with the rules and procedures of such courts.Back to Top
If you elect to provide suggestions, ideas, or other feedback to us (whether written, verbal or in any other format or manner) in connection with ACX ("Feedback"), we will be free to use your Feedback in any manner without restriction of any kind and without any need to compensate you. All Feedback will be the sole and exclusive property of Audible. You hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to Audible all of your right, title, and interest in and to all Feedback, including all intellectual property rights therein. At Audible’s request and expense, you will execute documents and take such further acts as Audible may reasonably request to assist Audible in acquiring, perfecting, and maintaining its intellectual property rights and other legal protections for all Feedback.Back to Top
We may give you notice and otherwise communicate with you electronically and in other media in connection with your use of ACX, and you consent to receipt of such communications.Back to Top
Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement.Back to Top
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us regarding the matters covered in it and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous understanding, agreement, or communication between you and us, whether written or oral, regarding the matters covered in it. If any provision of this 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.Back to Top