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Deal Memorandum - San Juan Music Group and Digital Musicworks International Inc.

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THIS MEMORANDUM DATED JUNE 15, 2005 (“Effective Date”) and stating the terms and conditions to which the undersigned have agreed by their mutual assent, shall constitute and set forth the basic terms by which SAN JUAN MUSIC GROUP (hereinafter, “LICENSOR”) agrees to license the exclusive Digital Download Rights (hereinafter, “Rights”) in and to the Master Recordings (hereinafter, “Masters”) for the distribution and sale in the Territory, and DIGITAL MUSICWORKS INTERNATIONAL, INC., (hereinafter, “DMI”) agrees to acquire by such license the collection of Masters owned by LICENSOR and generally referred to as Catalog, on the following terms and conditions:


1. GRANT OF RIGHTS. LICENSOR hereby agrees to assign, transfer and grant to DMI, subject to Licensor’s contract with [*], the entire right to electronically distribute and sell in the Territory, without any limitation not specifically set forth herein or hereinafter, in and to the purchased Masters embodying the compositions set forth on Exhibit “A” attached (hereinafter referred to individually and collectively as “Master(s)”) as amended from time to time to include after-acquired Masters or Masters not part of this Agreement on Effective Date, and all electronic copies thereof and in and to the performances embodied thereon including but not limited to:


a. The exclusive right and license throughout the Territory to make, cause or otherwise effect Digital Audio Transmissions and Digital Phonorecord Deliveries of the Masters, including, without limitation, the right to couple any of the Licensed Recordings with recordings other than the Licensed Recordings (“Electronic Distribution”). The term “Digital Audio Transmission” shall mean a transmission that embodies a sound recording including the performance thereof. The term “Digital Phonorecord Delivery” (“Digital Download) shall mean each individual delivery of a phonorecord by digital transmission of a sound recording which results in a specifically identifiable reproduction by or for any transmission recipient of a phonorecord of that sound recording, and any other digital delivery mechanism now known or unknown.


b. The non-exclusive right in the United States and the world to use and publish and to permit others to use and publish the names, approved likenesses and photographs of all persons who performed in the recording of the Licensed Master(s), in connection with the rights of Electronic Distribution of the Licensed Master(s).


c. The non-exclusive right to transform the Arrangement(s) into mobile telephone ring tone formats (the “Ring Tone(s)”), Master Ring Tones and/or Ringbacks;


d. The non-exclusive right to download or otherwise transmit Ring Tones and/or the Master Tones to Customers’ mobile telephones for the Customers’ personal use to serve as the ringing alert on such Customers’ mobile telephones; and


e. The right to promote the Ring Tones and/or the Master Tones on DMI’s and/or Third-Party Companies’ website(s).


2. DMI hereby agrees to license the Rights to Masters described in paragraphs 8 and 12, below, and more fully set forth in Schedule A attached hereto and incorporated in full by this reference, at the price of [*] (US$[*]), (“License Fee”) which is fully recoupable from [*], against a royalty equal to [*] percent ([*]%) (“Royalty”) of [*], upon execution of Agreement and receipt by DMI of Masters.



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3. In the event the actual number of tracks delivered shall be less than the number of tracks set forth in paragraph 12(a), below, the Purchase Price shall be reduced by a pro rata amount.


4. LICENSOR agrees to and shall provide DMI with an Excel Spreadsheet (Schedule A) upon delivery of Masters as set forth in Paragraphs 8 and 12, below and from time to time amended, which shall contain information requested by DMI, including, without limitation, the following


a. Master title,


b. Artist Name,


c. whether “original recording” or “original artist re-recordings” as those terms are generally known in the US entertainment business


d. Territory in which the rights are granted


e. whether “live”, “studio” or “original artist rerecording


f. any other information needed to perform the various obligations under this agreement, including but not limited to, label copy.


5. Territory shall mean the United States, Canada, Mexico, unless specifically excluded in Schedule A.


6. The term shall be seven (7) years (“Initial Term”) from Effective Date with one (1) renewable period of like Term (“Option Period”) exercisable by DMI upon notice to LICENSOR prior to expiration of Initial Term, and upon payment follows as set forth in paragraph2, above.


7. DMI shall render statements to LICENSOR for royalties due LICENSOR under this agreement on a calendar quarter basis (“Statement Period”). Statements reflecting net sales for the each Statement Period shall be rendered on or before the end of each subsequent quarter accompanied by the royalty payment shown to be due hereunder. For the avoidance of doubt, and by way of example, statements for sales during the first calendar quarter of a given calendar year, 2006 for example, will be rendered on or before the end of the second calendar quarter of 2006, along with the royalty payment due hereunder. If DMI fails to make payment promptly as set forth herein, upon written notice from LICENSOR, DMI shall have [*] days in which to bring all payments up-to-date (the “Cure Period”). If DMI fails to make all payments due within such Cure Period, interest shall be added to those payments when made at a rate of [*] or the [*], whichever is higher. Notwithstanding anything contained herein, said remedy shall be in addition to whatever other remedies are available to LICENSOR in law or equity, including but not limited to the right of injunction.


a. LICENSOR shall have the right to inspect (the “Audit”) at LICENSOR’s sole expense, DMI’s books of account directly related to the sales and exploitation of Rights hereunder at DMI’s offices upon a minimum of thirty (30) days notice but not more than once during any twelve month period, solely for the purpose of verifying the accuracy of such books of account. LICENSOR shall request the audit within three (3) years after the end of a Royalty Period. The accounts and statements rendered shall be conclusively deemed accurate in the event that LICENSOR has not sent written notice specifying LICENSOR’s objections to the statement of account within three (3) years from the date such statement shall have been sent to LICENSOR. Such examination shall



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beconducted by a qualified royalty auditor (“Auditor”) and shall be conducted promptly and in such a manner as to not disrupt DMI’s regular business activity. As a condition of such audit, all persons participating in such audit must agree to DMI’s then-standard confidentiality agreement and shall not disclose any confidential information obtained solely through the Audit without the express written consent of DMI, except that such Auditor shall not be prevented from disclosing to LICENSOR, or an agent of LICENSOR, on behalf of whom Auditor in conducting the Audit information directly pertaining to LICENSOR.


8. LICENSOR hereby certifies that LICENSOR is the sole and lawful owner of the Masters, or has lawful power to exercise the sale or license of said Masters.


9. For the purpose of this Agreement, “Rights” shall be deemed to include: all transcriptions, duplications, encoding or any other method, now known or hereafter devised, which can now or may be used in the future to duplicate the said performances/recordings of Masters stated herein with specific emphasis being on but not limited to, Electronic Distribution media and automated retailing systems which use the “Internet” “World Wide Web” or electronic bulletin board services to distribute and sell music product and particularly the stated recordings/performances of Master(s), and to include Electronic Distribution through any and all methods of Electronic Distribution, including wireless satellite or telephonic transfer of said Masters for profit, and shall include and mean any and all musical works embodied in the Masters which are written or composed, in whole or in part, or owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by third-party artist or LICENSOR, collectively or individually.


10. LICENSOR agrees to and shall promptly provide DMI with all contracts, bills of sale or other documents (hereinafter, “Contracts”) that support LICENSOR’s rightful and lawful ownership of all Masters that are the subject of this Agreement upon request by DMI.


11. DMI may contract the services of a technician or other qualified person to inspect Masters to ensure the durability and/or mechanical fitness of Masters before monies or DMI Stock have been transferred to LICENSOR or before sale is deemed to be final.


12. In the event that DMI determines in DMI’s sole discretion, that any Masters delivered under this Agreement are not technically or mechanically fit, acknowledging that the vast majority of the Masters are recordings completed without the benefit of current technology, or if in DMI’s sole discretion the chain of title as set forth in supporting Documents do not grant DMI clear title to said Masters, DMI may reject such delivered Masters and LICENSOR shall either replace rejected Master with a replacement which DMI in DMI’s sole discretion deems acceptable or issue DMI refund or credit DMI’s account in a pro-rata amount for each rejected Master Recording.


13. It is hereby understood that the Catalogs are generally constituted by the following:


a. Approximately [*] Masters comprised of vintage Jazz, Blues, Christmas, Classical and Rock recordings or other similar recordings.


13. LICENSOR warrants that


a. LICENSOR is free to enter into and abide by the terms of this Agreement.



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b. LICENSOR is the sole owner of the Masters or the authorized agent of the owner of the masters and of all the performances embodied thereon in the Territory.


c. none of the Masters subject to this Agreement, their contents or DMI’s distribution or sale of the Masters shall interfere or infringe under common law or statutory law with the rights of any other party, including without limitation, contract rights, copyrights and rights of privacy, and LICENSOR has obtained all necessary clearances and permissions in the Territory;


d. LICENSOR has the right to grant the Rights herein granted and to make each and all of the grants herein made to DMI in the Territory;


e. Other than [*], whose license to the Masters is restricted to sales through [*], no other person, firm or corporation has any right, title or interest in or to the Master(s) or any copies of duplicates thereof, inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement, except as specified and duly stated herein in the Terrirtory;


f. LICENSOR has not heretofore done or permitted to be done, nor will it hereafter do or permit to be done, any act or thing which is or may be inconsistent with DMI’s digital distribution and sale of said Masters and said performances or which may impair and/or curtail any of the rights given or grants made in this Agreement;


g. there are no liens, encumbrances and/or obligations upon or in connection with the Licensed Master(s) or with the performance not specifically set forth herein, and


h. LICENSOR has the right to use the artist’s name and likeness in connection with the commercial sale of said Masters in the Territory and transfers such right to DMI.


14. LICENSOR’s representations and warranties are true as of the date of this Agreement and shall remain true for as long as DMI and its licensees and assigns have any interests or rights under this Agreement.


15. LICENSOR agrees to indemnify, save and hold DMI, it’s Directors, Officers, Shareholders, and employees harmless from any costs, expenses, attorneys’ fees, losses or damages, for which it is deemed to be the responsible party, arising out of or connected with:


a. any claim by any third party that is inconsistent with any of the warranties or representations made by LICENSOR in this Agreement; and


b. any material breach by LICENSOR of this Agreement or any representations or warranties made hereunder


16. LICENSOR will reimburse DMI on demand for any claims, damages, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), costs, and payments made by DMI arising out of the foregoing indemnity. DMI also may recoup such payments from accrued royalties due LICENSOR under this Agreement. DMI may withhold the payment of such royalties pending the resolution of such claim or breach. Such withholding shall be in an amount reasonably related to the amount of the claim and reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses.


17. LICENSOR and DMI agree that in the event LICENSOR is unable to deliver all Masters to DMI, said Masters already delivered and paid for shall remain the property of DMI on a pro rata basis, subject to paragraphs 1 and 2; and in the event LICENSOR is unable to deliver Masters to DMI for which LICENSOR has received payment (“Overpayment”), LICENSOR shall immediately return said Overpayment to DMI within [*] of dispatch of notice by DMI.



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18. DMI shall have right of first refusal to the Rights to any after-acquired Masters upon mutual agreement as to price.


19. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding upon, the parties’ successors or heirs.


20. This Agreement shall be deemed to have been made in the State of California and its validity, construction, performance, breach, and operation shall be governed by the laws thereof.


21. In the event that any provision of this Agreement shall be held invalid or otherwise contrary to law, the same shall be deemed deleted from this Agreement, and the remainder shall continue in full force and effect.


22. The Parties agree to execute any and all subsequent documents, including without limitation, instrument, deed or other document which is necessary to carry out the terms of this Agreement.


23. In resolving any dispute which may arise between the parties, any rule of construction to the effect that any ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not be employed in the interpretation of this Agreement. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as constituting a partnership or joint venture between the parties.


24. This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, all previous negotiations, representations and promises having been merged herein. No modification, amendment, waiver, termination or discharge of this Agreement will be binding unless confirmed by a written instrument signed by the party sought to be bound. No waiver of any provision or any default under this Agreement shall affect the rights of DMI thereafter.


The signatures below confirm all parties involved understand and agree the terms and conditions set forth herein are both fair and just and binding as of Effective Date unless a more formal Agreement (“Long Form”) is executed within a reasonable time herefrom. In the event such Long Form is not executed within sixty (60) days of Effective Date, this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect unless or until terminated under the terms or this Agreement.


DATED: 6/21, 2005   DATED: 6/23, 2005
/s/    MICHAEL CHERNOW           By: /s/    MITCHELL KOULOURIS        

for San Juan Music Group


for Digital Musicworks International, Inc.

Schedule A





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