Terms of Use

guitar.com Terms of Use as at 1 December 2018

https://guitar.com/ (“Website”) is owned and operated by BandLab Media (“we”, “our” and “us”), a subsidiary of BandLab Technologies.  Please read the following terms and conditions, which include our Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy (collectively, this “Terms of Use”), carefully before you use the Website because they affect your legal rights and obligations.

This Terms of Use sets out:

  • (a) the rules you must follow to use the Website;
  • (b) what you can do with the Content on the Website, e.g. share it, link it; and
  • (c) what we can do with information that we collect from your use of the Website.

When we refer to “Content” in this Terms of Use, we mean anything that is published or made available through the Website, e.g. text, audio, video, images, software, data, code, scripts etc.

1. Your eligibility

Anyone who is below 13 years old is not allowed to use the Website without parental consent. If you are not 13 years old or older and have sent us any personal data about yourself through the Website, please immediately ask your parent/guardian to contact us (at support@bandlab.com) to request for such data to be deleted from our systems.

This Terms of Use will form a legally binding agreement between us and you. This is something serious only an adult can do. So to use the Website, you must either be 18 years old and above (or the applicable age of majority in your country), or, if not, have obtained your parent/guardian’s consent to allow you to use the Website.

2. Your acceptance

By using the Website, you agree to abide by this Terms of Use. If you do not agree with anything in this Terms of Use, please stop using the Website now.

We may update or make changes to this Terms of Use at any time and without prior notice to you. So do return to this page from time to time for updates as the latest version will apply.

3. Ownership and Usage

The intellectual property rights in the Website and the Content, as well as trademarks, logos, service marks, trade names and trade dress appearing in them (collectively, “Marks”) are owned by us and/or our licensors. These are protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

EXCEPT AS ALLOWED IN THIS TERMS OF USE, YOU MUST NOT USE THE WEBSITE, ANY CONTENT OR THE MARKS WITHOUT FIRST GETTING PERMISSION TO DO SO FROM US AND/OR OUR LICENSORS. It is important that you do this so that we (yes, that means you and us) don’t get in trouble unnecessarily.

If you break any of the rules in this Terms of Use, we can block, suspend and/or terminate your use of the Website.

Dos and Don’ts

You may for your personal and non-commercial use:

(a) view the Website on your computer and other devices

(b) print one copy of the Content

(c) save a copy of the Content on your computer or other devices (but not on any server or device that is connected to a network)

(d) share the Content as permitted in this Terms of Use

So, if you wish to use the Website or the Content (or any parts of them) for your business or other commercial purpose, you first need to get our permission and may have to pay a fee.

You must not tinker with or harm the Website, the Content or the Marks. For example:

(a) don’t hack into, reverse engineer or impair the working of the Website

(b) don’t help someone to use the Website when they are not allowed to (e.g. a child)

(c) don’t pretend to be us (e.g. copying the Website to create your own look-alike website)

(d) don’t try to get around our content security technology (software that stops others from copying the Content)

(e) don’t use the Website to break any laws

(f) don’t modify the paper or digital copies of any Content you have printed off or copied in any way

(g) don’t use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text

(h) don’t tell others or give them the impression that you own the Content

(i) don’t sell the Content

(j) don’t harvest metadata from the Content

(k) don’t copy or change the Marks

(l) don’t use the Marks without first getting permission from the rightful owner

(m) don’t set up a company or register a domain name that uses the words appearing in the Marks

It is impossible to list out everything you are not allowed to do, but we hope that you get the gist of it.


Sometimes you may come across Content that you find interesting. We have made it possible for you to easily share it with others, but we don’t pay for any sharing that you may choose to do.

Content that you can share will have a “Share” button near to it with favicon buttons for you to email or post such Content to your social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc) When you share Content on such social media platforms, their terms will also apply to you. Those terms will be different from these here. Take time to read through them to properly understand what you are getting into.

When sharing Content, you should:

(a) use the favicon buttons in the Website to share;

(b) make sure the Content is displayed accurately; and

(c) include a credit of the source (if it does not already have one).

You should not:

(a) be charging others to view the Content;

(b) use the Content in any way that may suggest you have any sort of business relationship with us or that we endorse you; or

(c) associate the Content with advertisements or sponsorships e.g. putting advertisements in them or near them.

4. Changes we may make

Do note that we may also from time to time make changes to the Website and the Content. For example, when we introduce a new feature, when we change how we provide a service to comply with a new legal requirement or when we correct a mistake in the Content etc.

We can at any time suspend or terminate access to the Website or the Content for certain territories or for any period.

5. Reporting Infringements

If you believe that any Content infringes your or another person’s intellectual property rights, please email us at support@bandlab.com to report it.

We appreciate your help in identifying and reporting infringements. We promise to investigate the matter, but we cannot guarantee that we will respond to your email or that we will take any action.

6. Third-party Sites

The Website provides you with access to sites, applications, or platforms which are owned or operated by third parties. We can’t and don’t control these third parties. Whenever you use any of these third-party sites, applications, or platforms, they will have their own terms of use and privacy policies. You should read through their terms of use and privacy policies to ensure that you agree with them.

You agree that:

(a) we don’t endorse the third-party sites, applications, or platforms we link to, or the products and services they provide;

(b) we’re not responsible for their products, services or content, or liable for anything that happens to you if you use/buy them; and

(c) if you share something containing a link on the third-party site, application, or platform, we’re also not responsible for anything on that they link to

7. Disclaimers and Liability Limits

We take effort to make the Website and the Content interesting and informative for your reading pleasure. However, sometimes things may go wrong.

We do not have any special relationship with you which puts a duty on us to act in your best interest. YOU USE THE WEBSITE AND THE CONTENT ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

We (and our related companies and their respective directors, employees, representatives, successor and assigns) are only liable for your losses that are caused directly by our fraud, gross negligence or willful default.

We make no promises about the Website or the Content, including that:

(a) it is of satisfactory quality or suitable for your use;

(b) it is accurate, complete or adequate;

(c) it is secure, error-free or will always be available;

(d) it has no bugs, viruses or other malware;

(e) its defects will be corrected;

(f) it is lawful for you to use in your country; or

(g) your use does not infringe any third-party rights.

We are not liable to you for anything that happens if:

(a) if it is caused by any of the above matters that we did not promise;

(b) you rely on advice, data, commentary, opinions etc. in the Content;

(c) we change or remove any Content;

(d) we remove your ability to share Content;

(e) we remove third-party sites linked in the Website and you can’t access them anymore;

(f) the thing that happens to you couldn’t reasonably have been foreseen; or

(g) the thing that happens to you wouldn’t usually result from our actions.

As far as allowed under law, we are also not liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential losses or punitive damages that you may suffer from using the Website or the Content.

All the above applies to third-party sites that we link to as well.

8. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify us (and our related companies and their respective directors, employees, representatives, successor and assigns) for all losses and expenses (including reasonable lawyer’s fees) that we may incur from claims made against us that arise from your use of the Website and the Content, including your breach of any laws, other persons rights or the rules in this Terms of Use, and our enforcement of our rights under this Terms of Use.

9. Data Processing

You should not submit any personal data to us without first reading our Privacy Policy which explains how we process your personal data.

Like most websites, we also use cookies to help us understand how people are using the Website. Our use of cookies, and how to disable cookies, is explained in our Cookies Policy.

By using the Website, you agree that we can process any personal data you provide to us in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. Do read them. We’ve kept them short.

10. Last Legal Bits

We can hire others to help us run and operate the Website if we need to.

This Terms of Use (which includes the Privacy Policy, the Cookies Policy and any other terms that we may let you know about) is the entire agreement between you and us and replaces all previous terms. Any changes must be in writing.

This Terms of Use is an agreement between you and us only. No one else has any rights to enforce its terms. You also can’t transfer your rights and obligations to anyone else.

We may freely transfer our rights and obligations under this Terms of Use. This may occur, for example, when we reorganize or sell our business.

If something beyond our reasonable control happens, we can’t be held responsible for not performing any of our obligations under this Terms of Use.

If any part of this Terms of Use is considered invalid under the law, the rest of it still applies.

If you break any of the rules in this Terms of Use, even if we do not take action against you when we find out about it, we can always still take action at a later time.

Singapore law governs this Terms of Use. Disagreements between us will be finally settled by binding arbitration in Singapore conducted in the English language and applying the rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”).  The single arbitrator will be appointed by the President of the SIAC.

Headings are used to make it easy for us to refer to things. They don’t affect the interpretation of this Terms of Use.