Service provider according to 2.5 TMG:

Leuchtenfabrik Aufgang E
Edisonstraße 63, 12459 Berlin

Managing director authorized to represent Jan Denecke

Telephone: +49 (0)30 22 056 3080


Register court AG Charlottenburg, HRB 177000 B

UST-ID: DE 307559075

Note on EU dispute settlement:

We do not take part in a dispute settlement procedure before a consumer
arbitration board. The law on alternative dispute resolution in consumer
matters, however, requires that we still refer you to a consumer
arbitration board responsible for you:

The online arbitrator is:

Center for European Consumer Protection eV

Bahnhofsplatz 3

77694 Kehl

Telephone: 07851/991480



Settlement of disputes in the field of electronic business transactions
between entrepreneurs and consumers.

Liability for content:

As a service provider, we are responsible for our own content on our
website in accordance with general laws in accordance with Section 7 (1)
TMG. According to §§ 8 to 10 TMG, as a service provider, we are not obliged
to monitor third-party information that is transmitted or stored, or to
research circumstances that indicate illegal activity.

Obligations to remove or block the use of information in accordance with
general laws remain unaffected. Liability only arises from the point in
time at which we become aware of a specific infringement. At the time the
content was published, we did not see any illegal content.

A permanent control of the content of the linked pages is not possible for
us and also not reasonable. Therefore, we cannot accept any liability for
linked, third-party content.

As soon as we become aware of such legal violations, we will remove this
content immediately. If you become aware of a circumstance that requires a
change or deletion, we kindly ask you to notify us.


The content created by the website operator and works on this website are
subject to the copyright of the United States of America and, in some
cases, the Federal Republic of Germany. The reproduction, processing,
distribution and any kind of exploitation outside the permissible limits of
copyright law therefore require the written consent of the respective
author. Downloads and copies of this website are only permitted for
private, non-commercial use and, in particular, not for competition

Insofar as the content on this site was not created by the operator
himself, the copyrights of third parties have been observed. In particular
contents of third parties are marked as such. Should you nevertheless
become aware of a copyright infringement, we kindly ask you to notify us
accordingly. As soon as we become aware of legal violations, we will remove
such content immediately.

General Terms and Conditions of RYDE GmbH

These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter “GTC”) govern the use of
the services offered by RYDE GmbH (hereinafter “RYDE”) via the website (hereinafter “Website”) and the legal and contractual
relationships between RYDE and the Users.


1. “User” within the meaning of these GTC shall mean anyone who makes use
of the services offered by RYDE.

2. “Picture” within the meaning of these GTC are photographs and
photographic works within the meaning of copyright law.

3. “RYDE Services” means all services offered by RYDE including
retrospective, current and prospective licensing.

4. “Customer” means anyone who has engaged RYDE to pursue unlicensed uses
of their copyrighted work.

Scope of Application

These terms and conditions apply to all business relations between the User
and RYDE. Any other terms and conditions of the user shall not apply, even
if RYDE does not specifically object to their validity in individual cases.

Service Description

The User first eceives an e-mail from RYDE regarding the unauthorized use
of a Customer’s image, the email contains all necessary information, data
and evidence of an infringement of the image committed by the User in the
form of a PDF (hereinafter the “Case Report”), as well as invoice for a
retrospective license offered by RYDE, and an authorization letter signed
by the Customer as proof of their engagement in RYDE Services as well as
their rights to pursue infringements of the copyrighted work outlined in
the Case Report.

The User has the option to provide proof of a valid license to show that no
such infringement has occurred. If the User cannot present a valid license
for the use of the copyrighted works then the User is obliged to acquire a
retrospective license and remove the copyrighted works from their website.
Additionally, if the User would like to continue to use the copyrighted
works, they have the option to request a prospective license. Prospective
licensing is negotiated on a case-by-case basis, RYDE has no obligation to
offer a prospective license.

Payment of the license fee is due as per invoice terms. The granting of the
offered user license is subject to the condition precedent of full payment
of the license fee and any further costs incurred to the account specified
by RYDE in the invoice. If the User is an EU-registered company, this
payment is subject to Reverse Charge. VAT should be rated and paid in the
country of the User.

Payment must be made to the account specified in the invoice, specifying
their unique Case ID as a reference. By paying the license-fee, the User
also confirms that he/she has read and agrees to the GTC and Privacy
Policy. The Privacy Policy can be found here:

If the payment is not received within this period, RYDE will inform the
User by e-mail that RYDE will enforce the rights to which the Customer is
entitled (to information, injunctive relief, damages and compensation for
use, etc.) with the involvement of legal service providers (debt
collectors, lawyers). The User is aware that this will entail additional
costs for the legal service providers and, if necessary, additional costs
for dunning and court proceedings, which are traditionally considerable in
the field of copyright law.

Obligations of the user

The User is prohibited from taking any action that serves the purpose of
preventing, complicating and/or excessively burdening the operation of the
website or the technical equipment behind it. This includes, but is not
limited to, the following:

the use of software, scripts or databases in connection with the use of the

the overwriting, blocking, modifying, copying of data and/or other contents
of the website, as far as this is not relevant for the proper use of the
website, so-called installation of malware, spyware, in particular for the
purpose of overcoming access barriers, manipulation of the website
so-called “hacking”.

In the event of a culpable breach of duty, the user is obliged to
compensate for the damage caused by the breach of duty. In addition to the
loss of restoration, this also includes the loss due to loss of profit as a
result of loss of use or functionality of the website. This shall be
estimated by RYDE on the basis of the previous six months; it is the burden
of the User to provide evidence of any inaccuracy.

The User has no claim to the maintenance of individual system
functionalities of RYDE’s Services in the Website. RYDE shall endeavor to
ensure perfect operation. This only applies to services over which RYDE has
influence. RYDE is entitled to restrict or terminate its services in whole
or in part, temporarily or permanently, if this is necessary with regard to
capacity limits, maintenance work, the security or integrity of the
servers, for the implementation of technical measures or for other reasons.


As this concerns retrospective licensing, the images used by the User shall
be deemed to have already been delivered. The User has no claim to delivery
in higher or other quality. Any liability of RYDE for the delivery is

If, for legal reasons, licensing is not possible after conclusion of the
contract, RYDE shall notify the User of this in a timely manner and shall
waive an agreed license fee if necessary.

Reservation of Proprietary Rights

The license will not be granted until the license fee has been paid in full
(see above).

License duration and License Fee

The license offer is based on the period of use as noted on the Invoice.

At the same time, the various RYDE customers (picture agencies, authors)
set different license fees. The post-licensing offer includes the granting
of a license for the entire retrospective use. Another licensing offer
includes the granting of a license for the prospective period of use shown
in the offer.


Rights of use / Obligation to delete all copies after expiry of the
License / reasonable contractual penalty in the case of culpable breach
of the obligations of this GTC by the User

If the User acquires a retrospective license, RYDE shall grant the User a
non-exclusive license to the copyrighted work specified in the Case Report
for the purpose and duration specified in the Case Report and Invoice on
the basis of an agreement made with the party entitled to the Image (Image
Agency, Author) to sub-license the Image. The license agreement ends with
the expiration of time without the need for termination.

The license is granted from the date of the first publication of the Images
on the Website determined by RYDE until the end of the agreed license
period. If the User of the Image acquires a license for the prospective use
of the Image, they shall not be obliged to name the originator unless
expressly agreed otherwise in individual cases.

This right of use permits the User to publish the licensed Image(s) only at
the determined storage location (e.g. URL) and only in the determined use
according to type and scope. If the User wishes to use the Image for other
purposes (e.g. in particular for representation in print, use in apps,
social media channels, etc.), a separate agreement between RYDE and the
User is required.

The User shall not be entitled to grant sublicenses. The images may only be
edited if this is necessary for the purpose of use (e.g. changing the file
size, conversion into another format) and this does not change or impair
the appearance of the image. The user must obtain permission to do so or,
if RYDE has already done so prior to making contact, must have this
retrospectively notified and approved by RYDE.

The User is not allowed to use the Images in connection with or for the
presentation of the following content:

· Racism and discrimination

· Harass persons or companies

· Glorification of violence and extremism of any kind

· Personally offensive statements, libel, defamation and slander as well as
breaches of fair trading law

  • Pornography

· Calling for and instigating criminal offences and violations of the law,
threats against life, limb or property

· Advertising for political parties

· Offensive, sexist, obscene, vulgar or repulsive materials and expressions

· Religious missionary work

The right of use according to sections 9.1 and 9.2 is entitled to the User
of the Image after receipt of full payment of the agreed license fee.

The User is not entitled to continue using the image after expiry of the
license period. Accordingly, the User shall be obliged to delete all copies
of the Images at the time of termination of the License and to cease making
the Images publicly available. A public accessibility exists (according to
§ 19 a German Copyright Act (UrhG)) also, if the picture can be called up
over the input of the URL further. The User is therefore obliged, if
necessary by seeking the advice of his IT service provider, to ensure the
complete removal of the image from the server used by him / through the
User’s service provider; the mere removal of the image from the website of
the Image User is not sufficient.

If the User continues to use the Image after the end of the License Period,
he shall be obliged, for each case of culpable breach of duty, to pay a
reasonable contractual penalty, the determination of which shall be at the
discretion of RYDE, but shall only be binding if it is fair. If it does not
correspond to fairness, the determination shall be made by judgment; the
same shall apply if the determination is delayed (§ 315 German Civil Code
(BGB) ). RYDE shall be free to offer the user a further license agreement
to legitimize the use instead of asserting the contractual penalty, but
shall not be obligated to do so. Other claims of the copyright holder and
RYDE remain unaffected.

Right of Revocation

RYDE shall prosecute violations of image rights on behalf of the Customer.
RYDE’s activities are primarily directed against the unlawful commercial
use of images by companies with the aim of legalizing this use. Consumers
(Sect. 13 of the German Civil Code) are not the focus of RYDE’s activities.
Companies shall not be entitled to a right of revocation.

If the User of the Image is exceptionally a consumer, he shall be entitled
to a statutory right of revocation (see Section 355 German Civil Code:
Right of withdrawal in consumer contracts). A consumer according to Sect.
13 of the German Civil Code is any natural person who concludes a legal
transaction for a purpose which can neither be attributed to his commercial
nor his self-employed professional activity. In this case, Ryde shall
remain entitled at its own discretion to assert other claims (compensation
for damages, loss of profit, etc.).

Choice of Law and Jurisdiction

These provisions shall be governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of
Germany to the exclusion of the UN Convention on Contracts for the
International Sale of Goods.

For disputes arising from or in connection with contracts between RYDE and
users in the European Union, the exclusive place of jurisdiction shall be

Concluding Provisions

RYDE reserves the right to amend these GTC to the extent necessary in the
event of a change in the legal situation, supreme jurisdiction or market

If individual provisions of these GTC are legally invalid, the remaining
GTC shall remain valid and binding. The ineffective provisions shall be
replaced, if any, by the statutory provisions. The parties undertake,
insofar as no statutory provision exists, to replace the ineffective part
of the contract with an effective provision which comes as close as
possible to the economic objective pursued with it.

Amendments and supplements to the contract must be made in text form (sect.
126 b of the German Civil Code BGB).

Status of GTC: 20.04.2020

Website operator:

Leuchtenfabrik Aufgang E
Edisonstraße 63, 12459 Berlin

Managing director authorized to represent Jan Denecke

Telephone: +49 (0)30 22 056 3080


Register court AG Charlottenburg, HRB 177000 B

UST-ID: DE 307559075