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General Terms and Conditions of Business (GTCB) for Sodapix AG,
Sodapix AG (Hereinafter Sodapix ) operates an image databank accessible via the internet, for the purpose of
concluding transactions with third parties by granting rights of use in photographic images (in the form of slides,
photographic prints and negatives or in electronic form) against payment of a fee. These contractual terms and
conditions regulate in particular the transfer for a fee by Sodapix of rights of use to the user (licensee).
This is a legally effective licence contract between you, the licensee, and Sodapix. By downloading digital data
from our website and from the linked image databank, using information provided and visiting our websites, you
declare yourself in agreement with the following contractual content. If you do not agree to our General Terms
and Conditions of Business, you may not use our range of products and services. The following provisions
apply to the customer and to the persons acting on behalf of the customer. The version of the GTCB valid when
a contract was being concluded is always the determinative version.
1. General subject matter of contract
Sodapix grants you a licence for the use of images purchased by you. You may use these in accordance with the
following contractual provisions. However, you will not receive any further rights in addition to the agreed
rights of use. Sodapix retains all rights not expressly granted.
2. Licensing provisions
2.1 Royalty-free (licence-free) image data
For licence-free image data (hereinafter RF), Sodapix grants you the non-exclusive and non-transferable, but
global and temporally unlimited right of use to use the images purchased by you in compliance with the
purposes stipulated in §3.
The purchased image data may be stored and reproduced for internal purposes, but not stored or made accessible
in image databanks or similar collections of images.
2.2 Rights-managed image data (images requiring a licence)
For images requiring a licence (hereinafter RM), Sodapix grants you the non-exclusive and non-transferable right
of use to use the images purchased by you in compliance with the purposes stipulated in §3. Exclusive rights
can be requested for a fixed period of time for an additional charge.
2.3 Regardless of whether an image is being offered as RM or RF, attention should be paid to whether an image
is being released for use for editorial or advertising purposes. All image data is correspondingly labelled in the
detailed view and may only be used for this purpose. However, Sodapix assumes no liability for the accuracy of
2.4 Licences only become valid following receipt of payment of the full amount of the Sodapix bill. Licence fees
must be remitted to Sodapix within 14 days of purchase.
3. Intended use
3.1 All of the photographic material available in the Sodapix internet site is copyright-protected. Use of the
photographic material, including use in online publications or on CD ROM, is subject to a fee and only
permitted with Sodapix’ consent. This also applies to use of the photographic material for the following purposes: private work, templates of all kinds, altered images and the use of image details which, by means of
montages or similar techniques, become part of a photographic work.
3.2 All images, whether RF or RM, may only be used for the purchased and licensed purposes.
3.3 Under no circumstances may images, whether RF or RM, be supplied in connection with pornographic,
slanderous, obscene, illegal or defamatory subjects, or used as political advertisements. Sodapix must always be
consulted with regard to subjects with sensitive content, such as (though not exclusively) drugs, AIDS, abuse or
3.4 If an image is used in a way which gives the impression that the persons featured in it are directly linked
with a subject, a product or a service, a declaration must accompany the use, affirming that the persons featured
are actors and the image is only being used for purposes of illustration.
3.5 A note is included beside every image in the detailed view stating whether a model or property release is
available, i.e. if the person featured or the copyright owner agree to the image being reproduced. However, this
permission must always be considered in connection with the intended use of these GTCB. Sodapix provides
no guarantee with regard to the use of brands, people, names, trade dresses or registered, non-registered or
protected artworks, buildings or designs shown in images. Should the licensee be uncertain if additional
information or rights of use are to be obtained, he must discover himself or obtain legal assistance.
3.6 Under no circumstances is removal of Sodapix’ copyright notice or all of the information stored in the image
file identifying the image permitted, regardless of whether an RM or an RF image is in question.
3.7 An agency or copyright notice must be provided for each image used so that no doubt can arise with regard
to classification of the image. If no copyright notice is provided, Sodapix is entitled to add a surcharge of 100%
to the total bill.
3.8 Images or details of an image may not be included on logos or on registered brands or official stamps.
3.9 Copyright and rights of personality are not transferred under any circumstances by the purchasing of rights of
use, whether in RF or RM image data. RM images must be deleted in their entirety from the customer’s
system following expiration of the agreed period of use. This also includes copies and details of images. RF
images may be used for an unlimited period of time and on a global basis.
3.10 Use of RF image data
RF image data may be used in any print media, advertisements, PR campaigns, brochures, catalogues, reports,
presentations, displays, shop windows, magazines, books, product packaging, multi-media applications, in
particular web, intranet, internet and online media, as well as for all similar purposes, insofar as it was not
exclusively released for editorial use. Sodapix must always be contacted if uncertainty exists.
RF images may not be used for the following purposes:
- Purposes contradicting §3
- Further licensing or sub-licensing, sales and passing on to third parties
- Storing and copying the images on image databanks, network databanks, CDs/DVDs and similar
storage materials in order to make images accessible to third-party users. This also includes offering
images via download on websites and other multi-media applications.
- Sending images via mobile telephones. In such a case an extended, commercial licence must be
obtained from Sodapix.
- Use in commercial products for resale, if the image is a main component of the image. This includes,
for example posters, postcards and calendars. In such a case an extended, commercial licence must be
obtained from Sodapix.
- Use of the image for advertising purposes or to make an association between the image and any
companies competing with Sodapix. This includes above all companies active in the area of selling or
negotiating image licences or images.
- RF images may only be used in the purchased image size and for the purchased purpose (print or web).
3.11 Use of RM image data
The use of images is strictly limited to the conditions provided in the bill. This includes, amongst other
things, purpose, number printed, size, time, exclusiveness, medium, area and other types of use.
3.12 If the contractual provisions are not complied with, the purchased licence will be rescinded by Sodapix
without advance notice. Subsequent to this, you must cease using the image data and return the purchased
product to Sodapix or delete it. This applies to all reproductions created.
3.13 Sodapix reserves the right to remove images from its product range or to replace images. Following notice
of this change to the licence, you must declare that you are prepared to no longer use the image in question.
3.14 Two complete copies of printed media in which images are used must be sent to Sodapix without being
requested and free of charge. This request does not apply with compelling necessity to licence-free (royalty-free
4. Billing and user fees
4.1 Payment is made in accordance with the selectable payment methods. The costs arising out of an
unauthorised credit card charge-back due to refusal or non-payment by the bank, or due to returned direct debits,
must be borne by the customer retroactively. Where payments made by credit card and by direct debit transfer
are concerned, we charge the customer’s credit card or current account following the conclusion of the purchasing
process on sodapix.com.
4.2 A bill is drawn up by Sodapix when rights of use are being purchased by the customer; this bill is a
component of these GTCB. The bill contains the permissible intended use of the purchased rights of use, the
user fee and any additional restrictions on use apart from those listed in these GTCB. The customer is obliged
to pay the user fee for rights of use purchased in images, in accordance with the billing conditions as well as in
accordance with these GTCB. Bills must be paid within 30 days; a default fee is payable thereafter.
Cancellation fees total a flat rate of 50% of the amount billed (at least CHF50.00). The customer’s duty to pay
the fees remains if he does not exercise the rights of use or if the purchased photographic material is not
4.3 The user fees must be agreed between Sodapix and the customer before the photographic material is used.
The user fees depend on the use chosen by the customer. If no agreement on user fees is reached before use, the
user fees valid at Sodapix at the time when use occurred will be charged automatically. If the details on use
provided by the customer are unclear, flat-rate user fees will be charged.
4.4 Unless otherwise indicated, the prices listed by Sodapix in offers, price lists and other documents are valid
net plus value added tax.
4.5 If unauthorised use or passing on to third parties of the photographic material occurs, a contractual penalty
twice the amount of the usual user fees will be charged, subject to the assertion of claims. Neither proprietary
rights nor rights of use will be purchased in the photographic material by payment of this penalty. Additional
claims such as compensation and legal measures remain reserved.
5. Terms of liability
5.1 Sodapix guarantees that the image data offered is free of defects. This guarantee is valid for 90 days
following purchase. If a complaint is made, Sodapix will repay the paid amount within a period of 14 days or
supply a version of the licensed image free of defects. However, Sodapix provides no warranty with regard to the
quality of the images or the compatibility of the image data with different computer systems or software
5.2 The licensee states that he will treat confidentially password and login data enabling him to purchase image
licences via the online portal. The licensee has unlimited liability for damage arising as a result of loss or
5.3 Neither Sodapix nor its licensor assumes any liability for casual, direct or indirect damage arising due to the
image licence. This also includes liability for consequential damage, lost profits or third-party claims. Sodapix
will not enter into any further express or tacit forms of warranty with regard to the images.
5.4 Furthermore, Sodapix affirms that it is entitled to grant the licences. To the best of its knowledge, though
without providing a guarantee, Sodapix affirms that the images shown infringe neither third-party proprietary
rights nor rights of personality. However, under no circumstances can claims be asserted against Sodapix if an
image infringes third-party rights despite all security measures taken. If model or property releases were
obtained, the images in question must be correspondingly labelled. However, this labelling does not represent a
guarantee and must always be considered in connection with the permitted use.
5.5 The customer has no entitlement with regard to accessibility of the image databank. Furthermore, Sodapix
has at any time the right to remove images and information from its range of products and services and to change
or supplement same.
6. Data protection and safety
6.1 Personal data is stored in machine-readable form and processed on machines. This data may be assessed and
evaluated for the purpose of internal marketing, but will nevertheless be treated in a strictly confidential manner
and not passed on to third parties. Unless otherwise expressly specified by the customer, the customer’s
company name and logo may be used by Sodapix for advertising purposes and as references.
6.2 Sodapix implements all safety measures to protect the managed data while complying with the legal
provisions. However, no guarantee can be provided, which means that Sodapix cannot assume any liability.
7. Modifications to contract
7.1 All legal and business relationships are regulated exclusively in accordance with these GTCB. As part of
the legal provisions, the GTCB may be modified by Sodapix at any time. The version of the GTCB valid
when the contract was being concluded is considered to be legally effective. Modifications or special agreements
require the written form to be effective. This also applies to waiving of the requirement for the written form.
7.2 Should a provision or part of a provision of these contractual terms and conditions be or become ineffective
and/or null and void, then the legal validity of the contract as a whole will remain unaffected thereby. The
ineffective and/or null and void provision will be replaced by a permissible provision, which comes closest to
the economic purpose strived for with the ineffective and/or null and void provision. This also applies to
8. Miscellaneous provisions
8.1 Sodapix reserves the right to send all announcements by electronic means. The customer recognises as valid
all announcements and bills sent by electronic means and waives sending of same in paper form.
8.2 All legal relationships are exclusively subject to Swiss law. Place of fulfilment, place of foreclosure and the
exclusive place of jurisdiction for all types of procedures is CH-8807 Freienbach/Switzerland. The Agency is
authorised to pursue the licensee through the competent authority in his habitual place of residence or principal
place of business, or through any other competent authority.
8.3 Swiss law also applies to deliveries to foreign countries.
8.4 Should individual provisions of this contract be invalid or impracticable, or become invalid or impracticable
following conclusion of the contract, then the validity of the contract as a whole will not be affected thereby.
The invalid or impracticable provision will be replaced by a valid and practicable provision whose effects most
approach the economic purpose pursued by the contractual parties using the invalid or impracticable provision.
This provision applies correspondingly in cases where loopholes in the contract are revealed.
Zürich, 22 July 2006 Sodapix AG//Stauffacherquai 56//8004 Zürich//Switzerland