Pudgy Penguins Digital Ownership Agreement
“Art” means any digital creation, art, design, and drawings created by its author, and first released to the public by the Creator, that may be associated with an NFT that can be transferred or licensed to an Owner (subject to the limitations set forth herein).
"NFT" means any blockchain-tracked, non-fungible token, such as those conforming to the ERC-721 standard, issued and tradable on a blockchain.
“Creator” means the entity which released to the public the Purchased NFT, and related Art, on behalf of its author, i.e., LSLTTT Holdings Inc., with a registered address of 16192 Coastal Highway, Lewes, Delaware 19958 USA.
“Effective Date” means the date on which this Agreement, as defined hereinafter, is attached to the
Purchased NFT for the first time and shall be deemed entering into force.
“Owner” means the current owner of the NFT. In case of transfer of ownership, including via Resale, the recipient becomes the sole Owner of the Purchased NFT. There can be several different owners of each NFT throughout time but only one Owner at a time. Owner shall include the Primary Owner and all subsequent Owners.
“Own” means, with respect to an NFT, an NFT that one has purchased or otherwise rightfully acquired from a legitimate source, where proof of such purchase is recorded on the relevant blockchain, thus becoming the Owner of the Purchased NFT.
“Primary Assignment” means the first assignment by the Creator of those certain rights, title and interest on the Art to the Primary Owner, as detailed in Article 3 of the Agreement, as defined hereinafter.
“Primary Owner” means the individual or entity qualifying as Owner on the Effective Date and party to the Primary Assignment.
“Purchased NFT” means an NFT that one has purchased, or acquired in any way, and thus Owns.
“Resale” means the sale by the Owner of the Purchased NFT, and rights to the Art, to a subsequent buyer, which shall own the Purchased NFT and rights to the Art (to the extent the rights to the Art were transferable upon sale) upon its effective purchase and thus become its new Owner.
“Secondary Assignment” means, in case of Resale, any and all assignment by the Owner of all its rights, title and interest in and to the intellectual property rights on the Art (to the extent actually assignable) to the subsequent buyer of the Purchased NFT.
This ownership assignment agreement is intended to govern the terms and conditions of assignment of rights, title and interest in and to the intellectual property rights on the Art to which this agreement is attached (hereinafter the “Agreement”).
The Agreement shall govern the Primary Assignment under which the Creator assigns to the Primary Owner certain intellectual property rights on the Art and all Secondary Assignments between the Owner and subsequent buyers of the Purchased NFT, where applicable.
The Agreement shall be effective as of the Effective Date and remain in force as long as it is still attached to the Purchased NFT. By acquiring the Purchased NFT, and related Art, in any way whatsoever, the Owner hereby acknowledges having read the content of this Agreement and agrees to abide by its terms and conditions set forth herein.
This Agreement shall apply to the Primary Assignment and all Secondary Assignments to the extent no other written agreement has been concluded between the parties to such assignment. In case of
contradiction between the specific agreement and the Agreement, the provisions of the Agreement shall prevail.
In creating this Agreement, we acknowledge that the way people create, use, and monetize their NFTs is evolving and changing. We have developed this Agreement seeking to protect the hard work and creativity of the Creators, on the one hand, while granting Owners the freedom and flexibility to fully enjoy their Pudgy Penguin NFTs and related Art. We are open to our community’s feedback on this Agreement and may well revise it and publish amended versions from time to time.
3. SHARING YOUR PUDGY PENGUINS & PROMOTING YOUR PUDGY PENGUIN PROJECTS
As a Company, we thrive when our community thrives. We want to know about you and your Pudgy Penguin! Please send us any pictures, art, screenshots, etc. of you and your friends and family with your Pudgy Penguin; if you are open to us resharing them, submit them here. We also want to know about and consider promoting your Pudgy Penguin NFT projects, where appropriate, regardless of whether those projects are for your own personal, non-commercial use, or whether they are commercial projects. If you are getting started on a project where you intend to make commercial use of your Pudgy Penguin NFT and related Art, please let us know by describing your project, here, so that we can ensure that your project complies with this Agreement, and if it does, how we can best support you. Similarly, if you expect to exceed the $500,000 limitation on annual gross revenue from commercial use set forth below, in order to ensure you do not breach this Agreement and the license conveyed, within fifteen (15) days of your having an reasonable expectation of exceeding that threshold, please contact us here and email us at [email protected], to request a discussion regarding entering into a broader license agreement or obtaining an exemption. As the Creator, we retain authority and sole discretion to grant or deny exemptions, as well as further or broader licenses.
4. ASSIGNMENT & LIMITED LICENSE TO USE
In consideration of the Purchase Price, as defined hereinafter, and subject to the Primary Owner continued compliance with the terms of this Agreement and all applicable laws, the Creator hereby grants a limited, worldwide, nonexclusive license (without the right to sublicense) to the Primary Owner to copy, access and use their Pudgy Penguin NFT and related Art for the Primary Owner’s own personal, non-commercial use, provided that the Primary Owner keeps all copyright and other proprietary notices intact.
Primary Owner is also granted a limited, worldwide, nonexclusive license (without the right to sublicense) to copy, access, use and otherwise exploit the Primary Owner’s Pudgy Penguin NFT and related Art, for the sole purpose of commercializing their own merchandise, which shall include the right to produce and sell tangible merchandise (by way of example only, this includes merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, and mugs) as well as digital goods (collectively, “User Goods”) that includes, contains, or consists of the graphical image of the Primary Owner’s Pudgy Penguin NFT, provided that such Commercial Use does not result in the Primary Owner earning more than Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000), or its equivalent in ethereum or any currency, in gross revenue in any twelve month period, directly or indirectly, including but not limited to through any and all related entities and family members.
This limited license for Commercial Use is subject to the following conditions:
- Primary Owner does not have any right to modify or present its Pudgy Penguin NFT or related Art in any way or any context that depicts hatred, intolerance, violence, cruelty, or anything else that could reasonably be found to constitute hate speech, be offensive, demeaning, or otherwise infringe upon the rights of others or the Pudgy Penguin community;
- Primary Owner may not use their Pudgy Penguin NFT or related Art to advertise, market, or sell any third party product or service;
- Primary Owner may not use the name “Pudgy Penguin” or any Pudgy Penguin logo or trademark, the name of any Pudgy Penguin characters (as applicable), or any animation, characters, themes or other material related to the Digital Content; and
- Primary Owner may not combine its Pudgy Penguin with any other Pudgy Penguin or modified Pudgy Penguin that it does not own, except on explicit permission of that Pudgy Penguin owner; and
- The Primary Owner may not attempt to trademark, copyright, or otherwise acquire additional intellectual property rights in or to “Pudgy Penguin” or any Pudgy Penguin NFT or related Art.
5. WARRANTIES AND INDEMNIFICATION
In the event that a Primary Owner makes use of the limited, worldwide, nonexclusive license (without the right to sublicense) to copy, access, use and otherwise exploit the Primary Owner’s Pudgy Penguin NFT and related Art for certain commercial purposes as allowed for by this Agreement, Primary Owner represents and warrants that they will take all necessary steps to undertake their commercial activities in a legal manner, including but not limited to forming any needed corporate entity, becoming duly organized, validly existing and duly qualified to do business in all jurisdictions where those activities are carried out, as well as remaining in good standing under and abiding by all applicable laws, rules and regulations that relate to those activities. Primary Owner also represents and warrants that they have requisite power and authority to carry out their commercial activities, and that includes but is not limited to, having sufficient insurance to ensure they can meet their obligations to their customers and indemnification obligations to the Creators.
Moreover, the Primary Owner (the “Indemnifying Party”) shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Creator from and against any losses, damages, claims, actions, demands, judgments, liability and/or suits including reasonable attorneys’ fees, as incurred, that may be asserted by any third parties arising out of or related to the Primary Owner’s use of the Pudgy Penguins NFT and related Art for commercial purposes, as well as any breach of such Indemnifying Party’s warranties and representations in this Agreement.
6. TERM AND TERMINATION
The foregoing limited licenses apply only during the period that the Primary Owner owns the Pudgy Penguin NFT associated with its Pudgy Penguin. These licenses terminate immediately at such a point that the Primary Owner no longer owns its Pudgy Penguin NFT. Moreover, If you exceed the scope of the licenses granted in Section 3 herein without entering into a broader license agreement with or obtaining an exemption, you acknowledge and agree that: (i) you are in breach of this License; (ii) in addition to any remedies that may be available to Creator at law or in equity, the Creator may immediately terminate this License, without the requirement of notice; and (iii) you will be responsible to reimburse Creator for any costs and expenses incurred by Creator during the course of enforcing the terms of this License against you.
7. OWNERSHIP RIGHTS
The purchase of a Pudgy Penguins NFT means that the Primary Owner has full ownership rights in the Pudgy Penguins NFT, including the right to store, sell and transfer the NFT. However, Primary Owner acknowledges and agrees that this purchase of the Pudgy Penguins NFT does not provide any rights, express or implied, in (including, without limitation, any copyrights or other intellectual property rights in or to) the Pudgy Penguins associated with the NFT other than the limited licenses granted in section 3 above. The Primary Owner’s rights and interest in its Pudgy Penguins NFT, its associated Pudgy Penguins, any derivative Pudgy Penguins, and any Art provided by these Terms will immediately terminate upon any subsequent sale, transfer, dispossession, burning, or other relinquishment of their Pudgy Penguins NFT.
Any use of the Art other than as expressly authorized herein, without the prior explicit written permission of Pudgy Penguins, is strictly prohibited and shall immediately terminate the right to access and use the Pudgy Penguins Website (as defined in Pudgy Penguins Terms of Service) and all rights and licenses granted by these Terms. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws including copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes.
Nothing in this Agreement shall be interpreted as granting any license of intellectual property rights to you other than as explicitly set forth in this Agreement.
8. SECONDARY ASSIGNMENT
The Primary Owner and, where applicable, all subsequent Owners, shall have the right to resell the Purchased NFT (“Resale”), and related Art, on a marketplace that allows the purchase and sale of NFTs. The Owner shall provide its best efforts to resell the Purchased NFT on a marketplace which (i) cryptographically verifies each NFT owner’s rights to display the Art in order to list it for sale, to ensure that only the actual Owner can display the Art for Resale, and (ii) provides for a percentage of the Resale price to be automatically granted to the Creator upon Resale.
Any such subsequent Owner or Owner(s), shall have the right to license, assign or otherwise transfer to a third-party all or part of the intellectual property rights on the Art hereby granted as per this Agreement, for any purpose whatsoever.
In case of transfer of ownership of the Purchased NFT, in any way whatsoever, including Resale, the Owner agrees to assign to the subsequent buyer of the Purchased NFT all rights on the related Art detailed in Article 3 of this Agreement, under the same conditions, to the extent such rights have not been previously transferred to a third-party in compliance with the Agreement.
This Agreement shall govern any Resale as long as it is still attached to the Purchased NFT and provided no other agreement has been concluded between the Owner and the subsequent buyer, which shall only apply between the parties of said agreement.
It is expressly agreed that all intellectual property rights assigned to the Primary Owner, as per the Primary Assignment, or to the subsequent Owners, as per a Secondary Assignment, are granted in consideration of the price paid by the Owner to purchase the Purchased NFT, as listed on the NFT marketplace on which it is acquired (the “Purchase Price”), where applicable, which shall be deemed fixed and definitive.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Creator shall also be entitled to a compensation on any Resale of the Complete Work in accordance with the percentage of commission determined by the NFT marketplace on which said Resale is completed.
10. MORAL RIGHTS
The Creator shall have the right to enforce, on behalf of the author, all moral rights of the author of the Art, as provided by applicable law, which shall remain perpetual, inalienable, imprescriptible and, in general, absolute.
The Owner hereby undertakes to abide, and make its contractors, including licensees and subsequent buyers, and third parties abide by the author’s moral rights in any and all use of the Art, and in particular the following rights:
(i) right of authorship, which shall entitle the Creator to demand and claim at any time that the
author’s chosen name be mentioned on any mode of publication of the Art; and
(ii) right to preserve the integrity of the Art, which shall entitle the Creator to oppose any modification, deletion or addition likely to alter the Art, or any use of the Art that may alter its spirit, devaluate it or otherwise be deemed prejudicial to the reputation of the author.
11. TRADEMARKS AND PROMOTION
When using the Pudgy Penguin NFTs and related Art, in any way whatsoever, including but not limited to its publication, exploitation, and/or promotion, the Owner shall not use the trademarks, service marks, or proprietary words or symbols of the Creator, to the extent otherwise permitted by applicable law or by written agreement of the Creator.
By exception, when using the Art for non-commercial purposes only, the Owner shall have the right to reference the Creator by using the denomination “Pudgy Penguins” or other denomination(s) that the Creator may direct from time to time, unless informed otherwise by the Creator. Owner shall take care that such use shall not, in any way whatsoever, damage or adversely impact the Creator reputation.
The Creator shall have the right but not the obligation, at its sole discretion, to promote, including through social media, any public use of the Art by the Owner, unless the Owner informs the Creator otherwise.The Owner shall not use the Art in a way that would or could present the Creator as endorsing, recommending or favoring, in any way whatsoever, the Owner and/or its use of the Art, without the express written permission of the Creator.
The trademarks, service marks, trade names and logos, including PUDGY PENGUINS, and any third-party marks used and displayed through the Services are trademarks of the Creator, its licensors, affiliates or sponsors, and may not be used by a Primary Owner other than to factually describe its Pudgy Penguins NFT or Pudgy Penguins Enhancement when listing it for sale or distribution or for non-commercial purposes. We retain the right to monitor and police the use of our trademarks, including but not limited to: (a) take all reasonable measures, including without limitations bringing civil actions for trademark infringement, to stop the use of marks which, in our sole judgment, are the same as or confusingly similar to our trademarks and (b) take all reasonable measures, including without limitations bringing proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or elsewhere, to prevent the registration of marks which, in our sole judgment, are the same as or confusingly similar to the trademarks.
The Creator and the Owner shall cooperate in good faith and reasonably assist each other in the prosecution of legal proceedings involving the Art, or derivative works therefrom, including proceedings conducted for the purpose of protecting any and all intellectual property rights on the Art from infringement.
The Creator shall have the right to protect and defend, including through litigation, the rights attached to the Art in the event of the Owner’s inaction on written notice by the Creator to the Owner.
9. GOVERNING LAW
If any provision in this Agreement shall be held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, the provision shall apply with whatever deletion or modification is necessary so that the provision is legal, valid and enforceable and gives effect to the initial intention of the parties.
The validity of this Agreement and any of its terms and provisions, as well as the rights and duties of the parties hereunder, shall be governed, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the United States of America for federal law questions and the State of Florida for state law questions.