JukePop Serials is the premier online destination for serial fiction. Before you start reading the content on the www.jukepop.com website, JukePop mobile app, or other JukePop-created content display format (collectively, the “Website”) or submit your story to us, please take a few minutes to read the following terms and conditions (“Terms”), which constitute a binding agreement between you and JukePop, Inc. (“JukePop”).
If you don’t agree with these Terms in their entirety, please stop using the Website, as you are not granted access to either read or contribute content.
Readers:Disclaimer. JukePop is not in any manner responsible for the communications or materials posted or created by third party authors or editors. This includes but is not limited to 1) reader comments or reviews (collectively, “Comments”), or 2) serial stories or revisions / additions by editors (collectively, the “Content”). The Comments, Content and Website are provided strictly “as-is.” By providing you with the ability to view or contribute Content, JukePop is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to any Content (including your satisfaction with the Content) or activities on the Website. You read the Content at your own risk. This disclaimer applies to all Content on the site, including unlocked Content via payment or donation.
Privacy. When you use the Website, the Website may collect usage data in order to improve JukePop’s services (such as data for analytics) or to improve the performance of the Website. This data is anonymous, and the Website does not collect personally identifiable information as part of this process. By using the Website, you assent to this collection and JukePop’s use of the data.
Information Collected Upon Registration: When you create a JukePop user profile, you have the option of providing to JukePop certain information (like age, gender etc.) that may be made public and / or shared with other JukePop users. This additional profile information (“Profile Information”) is entirely voluntary; if you do not want it to be made public, do not provide this information. You must be over 13 years old to create user profiles and provide Profile Information; if you are 13 to 17 years old, you need to get a parent’s permission first to create a profile or provide any Profile Information.
For Current and Potential JukePop Content Contributors (serial story authors, editors):
General Submission Requirements. In order for your submitted serial story (the “Serial(s)”) to be considered for inclusion on JukePop Serials, you are agreeing to all of these terms and conditions. If you don’t agree, please notify us immediately and we will remove your Serial(s). For the sake of clarity, if you are a JukePop contributor (serial story author / serial story editor; collectively, “Contributor”) display of your Content on the JukePop Website further signifies your assent to these terms.
You must be over 13 years old to submit Content that you have written for posting on the Website. If you are 13 to 17 years old, you need to get a parent’s permission first. JukePop has no obligation to utilize or otherwise display any submitted Content and shall do so only in its sole discretion. JukePop has the right, but not the obligation, to review and edit any Content, and may remove any Content from the Website at any time at its sole discretion.
For your original Content, you represent and warrant to JukePop that: (1) the Content is your original work of authorship; and (2) the Content fully complies with JukePop’s content policy below.
Ownership and License Grant to JukePop. You retain all of your ownership rights in your original Content. You wrote it - it’s yours! But in order for your Content to be displayed on our site, we need broad rights to use it.
Therefore, by submitting your Content to JukePop, you grant to JukePop an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, and commercialize (in multiple forms) on the Website (including on JukePop mobile apps) the applicable Content, your name, and your screen name, along with the right to excerpt, analyze, and / or index the Content.
All Content must adhere to the following conditions:
The Content cannot violate any third-party copyright. For example, no fan-fictions of existing, copyrighted works.
The Content cannot contain any defamatory or libelous material.
Absolutely no racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any non-fictitious group, corporation, or individual. Similarly, no harassment of a non-fictitious individual, or stories containing telephone numbers, street addresses or email addresses of any real group, corporation, or individual.
No erotica or excessively violent content.
The Content does not violate any applicable law, including any rights of publicity or privacy .
Copyright and Libel Policy
JukePop is a strong proponent of copyright laws, and adheres to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). If you believe that your work has been copied on JukePop in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify us in accordance with the requirements of the DMCA.
Our designated agent under the DMCA for the receipt of any notification of claimed infringement is email@example.com
If you believe JukePop contains material that is libelous of you or otherwise violates your non-copyright interests, please immediately notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a specific, detailed explanation of your concern. We will make commercially reasonable efforts to investigate and, if appropriate, remove offending Content.
The Website, all JukePop materials on the Website (serial stories, comments) or displayed elsewhere (such as the JukePop mobile apps), and JukePop-provided services (such as Edit Chapter) are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied.
JUKEPOP,INC. DOES NOT MAKE, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS, ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THIS WEBSITE, THE CONTENT, AND ANY OTHER MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING FROM A COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, A COURSE OF DEALING OR TRADE USAGE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL JUKEPOP OR ANY OF ITS MEMBERS, MANAGERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, LOST DATA OR INFORMATION) ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THE WEBSITE, THE CONTENT OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, EVEN IF JUKEPOP IS INFORMED IN ADVANCE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. IN ADDITION, JUKEPOP’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS (USD $100).
You agree to fully indemnify, defend, and hold JukePop and its officers, directors, members, managers, employees, agents, affiliates, suppliers, successors, and assigns harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses (including without limitation reasonable fees and costs for attorneys and investigations) arising out of, based on, or in connection with: (i) your improper use of the Website, (ii) the representations and warranties concerning any Content you submit to the Website (including, but not limited to, any claims relating to infringement or violation of any third-party copyrights, rights of privacy or publicity and other intellectual property rights) or (ii) your violation of any term of these Terms. This indemnification obligation will survive your use of the Website.
These Terms, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may be assigned by JukePop without restriction.
The JukePop Serials Website is based in the United States. Therefore, JukePop makes no claims concerning whether the Website and/or Serials may be downloaded, viewed, or be appropriate for use outside of the United States, and whether inside or outside of the United States, you are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws of your specific jurisdiction.
These Terms, and all matters arising directly or indirectly from your access to or other use of this Website, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without regard to its conflict of laws rules. You hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Santa Clara County, California, and waive any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.
If any provision of these Terms are held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, such illegality, invalidity or unenforceability shall apply only to such provision and shall not in any manner affect or render illegal, invalid or unenforceable any other provision of these Terms, and that provision and these Terms generally shall be reformed, construed and enforced so as to most nearly give lawful effect to the intent of the parties as expressed in these Terms.
Except as otherwise noted, these Terms (including any addendums or amendments) constitute the entire agreement between you and JukePop with respect to the Content and the Website. JukePop Content Contributors may also be bound by additional terms for their specific Content, which shall govern as applicable. Otherwise, these Terms supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between you and us with respect to the Website and Content. These terms and conditions may be changed by JukePop, in its sole discretion, at any time. If you do not agree with them, you do not have permission to view or contribute Content.
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Additional Terms for the Aspiring JukePop Author Program
In order for your serial to be considered for use in the Aspiring JukePop Author Program (the “AJAP”), you must first read and agree to this addendum (“Addendum”) to the Master JukePop Serials Terms and Conditions above (“JukePop T’s and C’s”), which are incorporated by reference into these additional terms. If these terms are not acceptable to you, please inform us and we will remove your serial from consideration in the AJAP.
The JukePop T’s and C’s remain in full force and effect, including but not limited to the terms around the license grant, ownership, and publishing process. However, if there is any conflicting term between this Addendum and the JukePop T’s and C’s, the applicable term provided in this Addendum shall supersede.
It is JukePop’s sole discretion to determine which stories or authors are in the AJAP, the “full” JukePop Serials program (“JPS”), or declined from JukePop completely.
a. AJAP writers may become full JPS writers if certain criteria are met. The main criteria for moving into full JPS writer status is your receiving sufficient endorsements from other JPS authors. The number (and specific form) of endorsements will be announced by JukePop, and can be changed by JukePop at any time.
AJAP writers may also become full JPS writers based on a certain number of +Votes received, but only on a case by case basis determined by JukePop.
Once an AJAP writer becomes a full JPS author, i) all previous +Votes during the AAP period for the applicable serial is reset, but the serial remains on reader bookshelves; ii) stories are now eligible for monthly cash rewards if ranked in the JukePop top thirty (“JP 30”) or other similar criteria; iii) stories can be featured in JukePop’s mobile app(s); and iv) the former AJAP writer will no longer be visible in the "Aspiring JukePop Author" section, and instead is moved to the full JPS section.
AJAP serials will not be featured in JukePop’s mobile apps. However, AJAP serials are eligible for other JukePop services, such as notifications, commenting, +Votes, etc.).
A publishing project on JukePop is a finite piece of work or a combination of works in the same world the author has created.
The funding goal is the amount of money that an author needs to complete their publishing project.
Funding on JukePop is all-or-nothing. No one will be charged for their investment unless it reaches its funding goal. This way, authors always have the budget they scoped out before moving forward.
Investors are folks who commit funding to join authors in publishing their book(s).
Investment is the amount of funds an investor commits to a project, this guarantees their payout percentage.
Payout percentage is a creator's chance to share a piece of their net sales with their investors. Investors that commit gets to determine the size of their percentage share of future sales.
Settlement is the amount of net revenue (minus fees from various sales channels and money processors) that a investor is due based on their payout percentage.
It’s a way for indie authors to ask for help and share their sales revenue in return. Authors have tons of ideas, just look at their stories on JukePop. But they know they can’t do it alone - what they need is a group of loyal fans that helps push them above the fray. They’re the ultimate entrepreneurs and know they need a team to help get them there. They need help with cover designs, editors, marketing and promotion. But free help is hard to find, so they’re willing to share their sales revenue in exchange for your committment and combined voices.
Each author determines how much revenues to share and funding required to be published. You determine how much you’re buying-in for, and we’ll calculate your payout percentage and handle the settlement of the net revenue.
Every author sets their funding goal and deadline. If people like their project, they can invest to guarantee a payout percentage. If the publishing project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all investors are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. If the project successfully meets its funding goal, the author may decide to take on more investors on the wait list. Funding on JukePop is all-or-nothing. When the author publishes their book, we’ll start tracking their sales. As the sales come in, JukePop will settle the investors share based on their original commitment. To cut down on the processing fees, JukePop won’t process the settlement until a minimum of $20 is reached for each individual investor.
All-or-nothing funding is has a number of advantages:
It's less risk for everyone. If you need $4,000, it's tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $4,000 project.
It forces the authors to be clear about what they need the funding for and their investors can be assured that the author can execute on their enterprise.
It gets investors to share. If investors who have already committed want to see a book published, they're going to spread the word. Once the book is published, investors are also more inclined to help the authors because they benefit from the sales of the book.
Backers on other crowd funding sites are usually benevolent friends & families. But not everyone has a wealthy and benevolent aunt. Buying-in is a simpler concept, it means authors don’t need to give away random chachkies that cuts into the actual fund raised - it’s just business. Investors simply want the authors to use the money, focus and get the book published - they already have plenty of t-shirts.
Besides, doesn’t everyone wonder how their lives would’ve changed if they invested in the next Wool or Harry Potter?
Authors on JukePop asking for investors to commit are creative and dedicated writers. They have tested their story, publishing one chapter at a time, with our readers before deciding to take that next step. With our Analytics, they understand who their readers are giving them unprecedented insight into how to market their stories. These are veteran authors who knows how to weave an addictive tale, serializing their stories to get readers to come back chapter after chapter. Every project is unique and is something that someone wants to exist in the world.
It's the author’s responsibility to publish their book(s). JukePop is not involved in the development of the book(s) themselves.
JukePop does not guarantee projects or investigate the author's ability to complete their project. On JukePop, investors (that’s you!) ultimately decide the validity and worthiness of a project by whether they decide to commit. But it’s easy to do, just read their book on JukePop!
Launching a JukePop project is a very public act, and authors put their reputations at risk when they do.
Investors should look for authors who share a clear plan for how their project will be completed and whether they’ve written significant portions of their book on JukePop. Authors are encouraged to share as much background information as possible so investors can make informed decisions about the projects they’re committing to.
If an author doesn't share key information, investors should take that into consideration. Does the author include line item costs to cover designs or editors? Do they have significant amount of their book written on JukePop for you to read? Does their work have +votes on JukePop indicating other readers like their story? Are they personable and active on JukePop’s community? Do they demonstrate a working knowledge of social networks like Facebook or Twitter?
Don't hesitate to request information from an author. You can always reach out before buying-in via their profile or the discussion thread on the project page.
If problems come up, authors are expected to post an update on the project’s discussion thread explaining the situation. Sharing the process, speed bumps and all, is crucial. Investors commit because they want to see something happen and they'd like to be a part of it. Authors who are honest and transparent will usually find investors to be understanding.
It's not uncommon for things to take longer than expected. Sometimes the cover design is especially tricky or the editing is taking longer than the author had anticipated. If an author is making a good faith effort to publish their book(s) and is transparent about it, investors should do their best to be patient and understanding while demanding continued accountability from the author.
If the problems are severe enough that the author can't fulfill their project, authors need to find a resolution. Steps should include offering refunds, detailing exactly how funds were used, and other actions to satisfy investors.
Investors (yep, again, that’s you!) are more important than just their committed amount. Once you commit, your responsibility starts. Know some great cover designers or fantastic editors? Make the introductions even if the author has someone lined up. Know a great discussion group on LinkedIn or Goodreads? Post it on the project’s discussion thread. Know a neighborhood cafe that is supportive of the arts? Ask the author for a flyer to post on their bulletin board. Have a large following on Twitter or friends on Facebook? Start sharing proudly how much you believe in this book. It literally starts with you, you’re the grass root marketing engine the author has dreamed of. You’ve already bought-in, your share is guaranteed, now it’s time to get it done.