Posted and effective as of December 2, 2017

Lift Bridge Furniture operates a unique multi-vendor marketplace where furniture designers, woodworkers, furniture builders, and buyers all come together. Buyers can purchase and download furniture design works (“Design Documents” or “Plans”) to build unique furniture for personal or non-commercial use. Makers that register and open a shop on Lift Bridge Furniture can sell their handmade furniture, that’s based off one of our Design Documents, for a profit (commercial use) to buyers on liftbridgefurniture.com. All Lift Bridge Furniture designs are contributed by members of the Lift Bridge Furniture community and Designers get paid a royalty whenever we sell a Lift Bridge Furniture hosted product. We want to make sure that you, as a furniture designer, have a positive experience on Lift Bridge Furniture. Please read on to find out more about your rights, as well as what is expected of you, as a designer.

This policy (the “Agreement”) is a part of our Terms of Use. By contributing designs to the Lift Bridge Furniture marketplace, you’re agreeing to this policy and our Terms of Use.

1. Definitions
2. What can be sold on Lift Bridge Furniture
3. Where Lift Bridge Furniture can be sold
4. Submitting Your Design Content to Lift Bridge Furniture
5. Royalties
6. Holds & Delays
7. Recoupment

1. Definitions

Design Documents

Design Documents (or “Plans“) are a collection of digital documents and information that contain images, diagrams, parts lists, materials lists, and other instructions or processes that describe how to build a piece of furniture, furniture part, or a product. Design Documents are normally drafted and made in collaboration between a Designer and Lift Bridge Furniture. The Designer’s name is always credited and listed on every page of a Design Document.

The Platform

The Platform means the Lift Bridge Furniture web site or liftbridgefurniture.com. This is the online multi-vendor marketplace where Lift Bridge Furniture Design Documents are sold to Buyers. It is also where Makers sell handmade items that were manufactured by following the instructions and processes in the Design Documents. 

Makers

Maker is an independent seller who is physically making the items listed for sale in their Lift Bridge Furniture shop. Makers must be making their items with their own hands (or tools). All items in a Maker’s Lift Bridge Furniture shop must be made from a Design Document, or related to a Design Document in a significant way. 

Buyers

A Buyer is a person that purchases a Design Document to build their own furniture for personal use, or purchases a product from a Lift Bridge Furniture Maker from their shop on The Platform.

Designers

Designer is a Maker who has come up with an original design, pattern, sketch, template, prototype, or plan and works with Lift Bridge Furniture to create Design Documents for the Lift Bridge Furniture marketplace. Simple customization, such as selecting colors, shapes, or choosing from ready-made options is not considered design on Lift Bridge Furniture. The Designer’s name is always credited and listed on every page of a Design Document.

Design Content

Design Content is any content that is submitted to Lift Bridge Furniture that contains images, diagrams, parts lists, materials lists, instructions or processes that describe how to build a piece of furniture, furniture part, or a product. A Designer will submit Design Content to Lift Bridge Furniture for evaluation and consideration for the Lift Bridge Furniture marketplace. 

Licensed Products

Licensed Products means only the Design Document that lists the Designer’s first and last name and all product listings posted on The Platform that are made and manufactured by following the Design Document with the Designer’s first and last name. This excludes other product listings for other parts or products that are manufactured by following a different Design Document with a different Designer’s name. This also excludes any hardware kits, hardware, or other materials that are sold for the purpose of being applicable to the Design Document. 

Net Sales

Net Sales means all gross revenue generated on liftbridgefurniture.com that was derived from the sales of Licensed Products for a particular Designer. Net Sales excludes the following items:
(A) import, export, excise and sales taxes, and custom duties;
(B) costs of insurance, packing, shipping, and transportation from the place of manufacture to the customer’s premises or point of installation;
(C) costs of installation at the place of use; and
(D) credit for returns, allowances, exchanges, trades, or chargebacks. 

Calendar Quarter

Calendar Quarter means a three (3) consecutive month period ending on March 31, June 30, September 30 or December 31.

2. What can be sold on Lift Bridge Furniture

Buyers come to Lift Bridge Furniture’s online marketplace to purchase Design Documents, furniture, furniture parts, and other handmade items that are made by independent Makers. All items in a Maker’s Lift Bridge Furniture shop must be made from a Design Document, or related to a Design Document in a significant way.

Makers are allowed to customize their product offerings and make slight modifications to the original design to set their product offerings apart from other Makers in the marketplace. For the most part, this means that the Maker can offer different wood, finishing, and size options as long as it’s obvious that the product listing is still based off a Lift Bridge Furniture Design Document.

3. Where Lift Bridge Furniture can be sold

The Lift Bridge Furniture marketplace encompasses a unique offering of furniture designs that are built and sold by independent Makers. In an effort to maintain fairness between Makers, and add value to all products offered in our marketplace, Makers agree that they will not sell products manufactured by following Lift Bridge Furniture Design Documents outside of The Platform.

The Designer may license their original design works, sketches, or processes to another company if the original Designer decides to do so. If the Designer decides to license his or her original design works to another company, the Designer must remove all references to Lift Bridge Furniture in the design, and must remove all contributions made by Lift Bridge Furniture from the Design Document.  

The Designer who’s name is listed on the Design Document may sell products based from the design outside of the Lift Bridge Furniture marketplace if he or she wishes to do so. 

4. Submitting Your Design Content to Lift Bridge Furniture

Design Content that you submit to Lift Bridge Furniture is your content (so let’s refer to it as “Your Design Content”). We don’t make any claim to it. That includes anything you send to us for evaluation and consideration for the Lift Bridge Furniture marketplace (like sketches, diagrams, drawings, parts lists, Sketchup files…etc.). 

A. Responsibility for Your Design Content. You understand that you are solely responsible for Your Design Content. You represent that you have all necessary rights to Your Design Content and that you’re not infringing or violating any third party’s rights by sending it to us for inclusion into the marketplace.

B. Permission to Use Your Design Content. By sending us Your Design Content through our Services or by email, you grant Lift Bridge Furniture a license to use it. We don’t claim any ownership to Your Design Content, but we have your permission to use it to create and sell Design Documents for our marketplace and to sub-license those documents to Makers. That way, we won’t infringe any rights you have in Your Design Content and we can use it to expand the Lift Bridge Furniture product offerings for all Makers on our maker team.  

C. Rights You Grant Lift Bridge Furniture. (Here’s the legalese version of the last section). By submitting Your Design Content to Lift Bridge Furniture, you grant Lift Bridge Furniture a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, perpetual license to use, display, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, store, sell, and prepare derivative works of Your Design Content to provide the Services and to promote Lift Bridge Furniture, all Lift Bridge Furniture shops, or the Services in general, in any formats and through any channels, including across any Lift Bridge Furniture Services or third-party website or advertising medium.

That sounds like a lot, but it’s necessary for us to collaborate with you to prepare new Design Documents, make how-to videos based on these documents, sell, and distribute Design Documents to our Makers.  We will pay the Designer a royalty each time the Design Document is sold in our marketplace. We will also pay the Designer a royalty each time a Maker sells an item in our marketplace that was made and manufactured by following the Design Document.  Read section 5. Royalties below for more information on how you earn royalties. 

D. Reporting Unauthorized Content. Lift Bridge Furniture has great respect for intellectual property rights, and is committed to following appropriate legal procedures to remove infringing content from the Services. If content that you own or have rights to has been posted to the Services without your permission and you want it removed, please follow the steps listed in our Intellectual Property Policy. If Your Design Content infringes another person’s intellectual property, we will remove it if we receive proper notice. We’ll notify you if that happens.

E. Using Your Design Content. All Design Content that is submitted to Lift Bridge Furniture is examined for it’s sales potential, manufacturing complexity, and other factors. Submitting Your Design Content to Lift Bridge Furniture does not guarantee that it will get used and accepted into the marketplace. Lift Bridge Furniture reserves the right to accept new designs into the marketplace at it’s sole discretion. If Your Design Content is accepted, we will notify you via email and work with you to produce a Design Document for our marketplace. If accepted, the completed Design Document will list your name as the Designer.

F. Preferred Content. Your Design Content that you submit to Lift Bridge Furniture can range anywhere from simple sketches to very detailed 3D designs or drawings made in 3D modeling software such as Sketchup – https://www.sketchup.com. The level of detail in Your Design Content will determine the amount of work needed by our design team to create a Design Document that has the same consistency and presentation as other Lift Bridge Furniture Design Documents. This process can take time. We use Sketchup Pro and it’s companion software application called Layout to create the Design Documents. So if Your Design Content consists of Sketchup files and Layout files, the time it takes to collaborate with our design team to create a new Design Document can be reduced significantly. In other words, we really like Sketchup files and Layout files so please send those if you have them. 

G. How to Submit Your Design Content. By submitting Your Design Content to Lift Bridge Furniture, you’re agreeing to the terms in this policy. If you don’t agree with these terms, you may not submit Your Design Content to Lift Bridge Furniture. To submit Your Design Content, please send an email to info@liftbridgefurniture.com. 

5. Royalties

A. Percentage Royalty. Lift Bridge Furniture will pay the Designer a percentage royalty (7%) on Net Sales as follows: Lift Bridge Furniture will pay the Designer, who’s name is listed on the Design Document, a 7% royalty on Net Sales of Licensed Products sold on The Platform. 

B. Payment of Royalties. Payment of royalties shall be made forty-five (45) days after the end of each Calendar Quarter on all Net Sales in the preceding quarter (“Quarterly Payment”). Each Quarterly Payment shall be accompanied by a report detailing the total Net Sales for each Licensed Product that is due to the Designer. All payments must be delivered via Paypal to the Designer’s Paypal account unless both parties agree otherwise. 

C. Currency. Lift Bridge Furniture will deliver royalty payments under this Agreement to the Designer’s Paypal account in United States Dollars. Paypal may automatically convert the payment to the local currency on the Designer’s Paypal account. Paypal may charge currency conversion fees.

D. Royalty Term. The obligation of Lift Bridge Furniture to pay royalties under Section 5.A shall continue for each Licensed Product on a Licensed Product-by-Licensed Product basis, until such time as the sales and use of such Licensed Product on the Platform has ceased.

6. Holds and Delays

In some cases, deposits to a Designer’s Paypal account could be temporarily delayed by an issue at Lift Bridge Furniture, at Lift Bridge Furniture’s third-party service providers, or at a Designer’s Paypal account. We’ll do our best to communicate with the affected Designers as soon as we can.

If we believe that a Maker’s actions may result in buyer disputes, chargebacks, or other claims, then we may, in our sole discretion, put (1) a hold, (2) a deposit delay, or (3) a reserve on the Designer’s royalty payment.

A hold may be put on funds associated with a particular transaction if there is a dispute or investigation related to the order, for the shorter of: (a) 180 days after the estimated delivery date; or (b) completion of any investigation regarding the Maker’s actions.

Deposit delays are defined as the number of days between a sale and the day the net amount from the sale becomes available for deposit, provided the payment has been completed. A deposit delay may be between 0 and 180 days. 

A reserve is defined as a fixed percentage of a Designer’s royalty payment balance delayed prior to being included as part of a Designer’s available royalty payment balance for a period of up to 180 days.

If Lift Bridge Furniture places a hold, a deposit delay or a reserve on a Designer’s account, we’ll do our best to communicate with the affected Designer as soon as we can.

We always work hard to avoid and minimize any delays. However, please note that Lift Bridge Furniture is not obligated to refund any fees or reimburse any expenses due to holds or delayed deposits.

7. Recoupment

Although rare, there are possible scenarios where the Designer receives a royalty payment for sales that are later reversed after the royalty payment was issued to the Designer’s Paypal account.

A. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to seek reimbursement from a Designer in any of the following circumstances: (1) we provide a refund to a Buyer because a Maker did not promptly deliver the goods or we otherwise determine, consistent with our Terms of Use, that a refund is warranted in a particular circumstance, (2) we discover erroneous or duplicate transactions related to a Maker, (3) we receive a chargeback from a Buyer’s credit card issuer or reversal of payment for the amount of a Buyer’s purchase from a Maker, or (4) a Maker does not act in accordance with our Terms of Use or any policy thereunder.

B. We may obtain reimbursement of any amounts owed by a Designer to Lift Bridge Furniture by deducting from future payments owed to the Designer, reversing any credits to the Designer, charging the Designer’s credit card, charging the Designer’s bill, or seeking reimbursement from the Designer by any other lawful means, including by using third-party collections services. You authorize us to use any or all of the foregoing methods to seek reimbursement.