When using this site you are taking part in the Virtual Piano global community. Please read and comply with the below house rules – they will help you and all virtual pianists get the most out of the experience. Adherence to these guidelines will help us to create and maintain a safe shared space for all.
- We encourage everyone to respect the collaborative spirit and creative freedom of others at all times. We aim to make this a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.
- Respect everyone’s right to an opinion. Not everyone likes the same music as you and if they did, the world wouldn’t be such an interesting place.
- Be kind to others.
- Discriminatory speech or actions will not be tolerated related to race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation or age.
- Swearing, defamation and bullying are strictly banned.
- Any discussions or content featuring illegal activity is forbidden.
- Anyone sharing links to download the Virtual Piano will be removed. Virtual Piano is an online application and not available for download. We reserve all intellectual property rights to the platform.
- Don't post commercial messages and do not promote commercial activities, or links to products available for purchase.
- If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on this site or its associated channels, we will take appropriate action to stop such behaviour, which includes actions such as permanent banning, reporting your profile and where necessary, legal action.
- Initial violations of the House Rules will result in a warning or temporary ban. Repeat violations will result in users being banned from the platform permanently.
Support a safe environment and help us to ensure that everyone follows our House Rules. Thank you for being a part of our global community and working with us to maintain a safe space for all users. If you come across content or accounts that you believe are violating our House Rules, please let us know so we can review and take appropriate action. The Virtual Piano house rules may be changed or modified at any time.
Welcome to Virtual Piano. If you continue to browse and use this website you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which govern Virtual Piano’s (and its holding company Crystal Magic Studio Ltd) relationship with you in relation to this website:
1.1 The content of this website is for your general information and use only - as a visitor or Virtual Piano Plus member. It is subject to change at any time without notice.
1.2 Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
1.3 Virtual Piano (and its holding company Crystal Magic Studio Ltd) own all material on this website.
1.4 Virtual Piano grants you permission to use the tool to create music for non-commercial purposes without explicit permission from Virtual Piano.
1.5 If you wish to use Virtual Piano to create music for commercial purposes, the creator must hold a Virtual Piano Plus Membership of Virtual Piano.
1.6 All music created using Virtual Piano is original content, played through Virtual Piano’s unique music language and key sounds.
1.7 You may, however, not modify, create or derive works from, participate in the transfer or sale of, post on the internet, or in any way exploit the Virtual Piano tool itself or any portion thereof for any public or commercial use without the express written permission of Virtual Piano (and its holding company, Crystal Magic Studio Ltd). You may, therefore, not create a physical or virtual presence (including websites, blogs, social media channels or any other property) on behalf of Virtual Piano or its community without the express written permission of Virtual Piano (and its holding company, Crystal Magic Studio Ltd).
1.8 You as a user, agree to abide by any and all copyright notices, information or restrictions displayed on this website.
1.9 Users may not download the Virtual Piano in any form or promote the download of Virtual Piano, participating in said action, is a criminal offence.
2.0 Virtual Piano and its holding company reserve the right to use all content created using Virtual Piano across all mediums.
2.1 Violating these terms and conditions can lead to legal action against both the individual as well as the company the individual may be representing.
2.2 Virtual Piano reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time, and without prior notice, by posting amended terms on this website. Your continued use of the Virtual Piano platform and associated properties indicates your acceptance of the amended Terms & Conditions.
2.3 Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of England, Scotland and Wales.
Virtual Piano, Crystal Magic Studio Ltd, 2020.
Threats To Platform Security
In addition to the terms and conditions outlined above, our policies strictly prohibit activities that undermine our platform or the security of the Virtual Piano community.
- You may not hack the website, app, or associated networks, or try to bypass its security measures.
- You may not distribute files that contain viruses, worms or other materials that are malicious or harmful.
- It is forbidden to modify, adapt, translate, reverse engineer or create any derivative products based on Virtual Piano, including any files, the Virtual Piano language, source code, algorithms or techniques embodied in Virtual Piano.
- You may not represent Virtual Piano unless with our express permission. You also cannot create websites that claim to represent or be officially affiliated with Virtual Piano without our express permission.
- Any violation of the above may result in prosecution and legal action being taken against you.
1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors.
1.2 This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of our website visitors and service users; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.
1.4 Our sites incorporate privacy controls which affect how we will process your personal data. By using the privacy controls, you can choose what data you provide us and you can also entirely delete your account. You can access the privacy controls by logging in to the website or by clicking Update Profile in the footer of the newsletters you receive from us. If you are not currently receiving our newsletters, you can subscribe to our newsletters through our signup form. Alternatively, you can contact us to manually adjust your preferences.
1.5 In this policy, "we", "us" and "our" refer to Virtual Piano. For more information about us, see Section 13 below.
- How we use your personal data
2.1 In Section 2 we set out:
(a) the general categories of personal data that we may process;
(b) in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, the source and specific categories of that data;
(c) the purposes for which we may process personal data; and
(d) the legal bases of the processing.
2.2 We may process data about your use of our website and services ("usage data"). We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use or navigate the sites. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is Google Analytics tracking system. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analysing the use of the website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely monitoring and improving our website and services as well as offering you relevant services and experiences.
2.3 We may process your account data ("account data"). The account data may include your name, email address and other details you provide us. The source of the account data is you. The account data may be processed for the purposes of operating our website, providing our services, ensuring the security of our website and services, maintaining back-ups of our databases and communicating with you. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.
2.4 We may process your information included in your personal profile on our sites ("profile data"). The profile data may include your name, address, telephone number, email address, profile pictures and any other details you may provide us. The profile data may be processed for the purposes of enabling and monitoring your use of our website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our sites and business and the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.
2.5 We may process your personal data that is provided in the course of the use of our services ("service data"). The service data may include enquiries via contact forms, email, social media, or other similar means of engaging with Virtual Piano in relation to our services. The source of the service data is you or an individual representing you. The service data may be processed for the purposes of operating our website, providing our services, ensuring the security of our website and services, maintaining back-ups of our databases and communicating with you. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.
2.6 We may process information that you post for publication on our website or through our services ("publication data"). The publication data may be processed for the purposes of enabling such publication and administering our website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.
2.7 We may process information contained in any enquiry you submit to us regarding goods and/or services ("enquiry data"). The enquiry data may be processed for the purposes of offering, marketing and selling relevant goods and/or services to you. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract and/or providing you services that are requested by you.
2.8 We may process information relating to our customer relationships, including customer contact information ("customer relationship data"). The customer relationship data may include your name, your contact details, and information contained in communications between us and you. The source of the customer relationship data is you or your representative. The customer relationship data may be processed for the purposes of managing our relationships with customers, communicating with customers, keeping records of those communications and promoting our products and services to customers. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper management of our customer relationships and providing relevant services to you.
2.9 We may process information relating to transactions, including purchases of goods and services, that you enter into with us and/or through our website ("payment data"). The transaction data may include your contact details, your card details and the transaction details. We collect data necessary to process your payment if you make purchases, such as your payment instrument number (such as a credit card number), and the security code associated with your payment instrument. All payment data is stored by our payment processor and you should review its privacy policies and contact the payment processor directly to respond to your questions.
2.10 We may process information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters ("notification data"). The notification data may also derive from other sources of data you provide us and it may be processed for the purposes of sending you the relevant notifications and/or newsletters. The legal basis for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.
2.11 We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us ("correspondence data"). The correspondence data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms. The correspondence data may be processed for the purposes of communicating with you and record-keeping. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and communications with users.
2.12 We may collect information when you use our mobile apps (“app data”). This may include your geo-location, mobile device, push notifications, and Facebook permissions etc
- Geo-Location Information. We may request access or permission to and track location-based information from your mobile device, either continuously or while you are using our mobile application, to provide location-based services. If you wish to change our access or permissions, you may do so in your device’s settings.
- Mobile Device Access. We may request access or permission to certain features from your mobile device, including your mobile device’s [Bluetooth, calendar, camera, contacts, microphone, reminders, sensors, SMS messages, social media accounts, storage,] and other features. If you wish to change our access or permissions, you may do so in your device’s settings.
- Mobile Device Data. We may automatically collect device information (such as your mobile device ID, model and manufacturer), operating system, version information and IP address.
- Push Notifications. We may request to send you push notifications regarding your account or the mobile application. If you wish to opt-out from receiving these types of communications, you may turn them off in your device’s settings.]
- Facebook Permissions. We may access your Facebook basic account information, including your name, email, gender, birthday, current city, and profile picture URL, as well as other information that you choose to make public. We may also request access to other permissions related to your account, such as friends, check-ins, and likes, and you may choose to grant or deny us access to each individual permission.
2.13 We may process your Social Media Login Data. We sometimes provide you with the option for you to use our sites using social media account details, like your Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts. We may access your basic account information, as well as other information that you choose to make public.
2.14 We may process data that we collect via other current or future channels of communication, including data collected at live or online events. This data may be processed for improving our events and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper management of our business, customer relationships and providing relevant services to you.
2.14 We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.
2.15 We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.
2.16 In addition to the specific purposes for which we may process your personal data set out in this Section 2, we may also process any of your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
2.17 We may obtain information about you from other sources, such as public databases, joint marketing partners, social media platforms (such as Facebook), as well as from other third parties. Examples of the information we receive from other sources include: social media profile information (your name, gender, birthday, email, current city, state and country, user identification numbers for your contacts, profile picture URL and any other information that you choose to make public); marketing leads and search results and links, including paid listings (such as sponsored links).
2.18 Please do not supply any other person's personal data to us, unless we prompt you to do so or unless you are representing them.
2.19 All personal information that you provide to us must be true, complete and accurate, and you must notify us of any changes to such personal information.
2.20 We may use your information to contact you and Request Feedback [for our Business Purposes and/or with your Consent] about your use of our sites.
- Providing your personal data to others
3.1 We may disclose your personal data to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes, and on the legal bases, set out in this policy.
3.2 We may disclose your personal data to our insurers and/or professional advisers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, obtaining professional advice, or the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.
3.3 We may disclose some basic anonymous information to post testimonials and user feedback on our sites. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, please contact us.
3.4 Financial transactions relating to our website and services are handled by our payment services providers namely Stripe but may also include GoCardless, PayPal, and other payment services. We will share transaction data with our payment services providers only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing your payments, refunding such payments and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds. You can find information about the payment services providers' privacy policies and practices on their respective websites.
3.5 In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 3, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. We may use your information as part of our efforts to keep our sites safe and secure (for example, for fraud monitoring and prevention).
3.6 We may disclose a selected amount of your personal data in order to administer prize draws and competitions [for our Business Purposes and/or with your Consent]. We may use your information to administer prize draws and competitions when you elect to participate in any of these competitions.
- International transfers of your personal data
4.1 In this Section, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
4.2 We and our other group of companies provide services worldwide without discrimination. The European Commission has made an "adequacy decision" with respect to the data protection laws of various countries. Transfers to some of these countries will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the European Commission.
4.3 The hosting facilities for our websites are situated worldwide with our key services hosted in Europe & the USA - learn more about our server locations here - https://www.ionos.co.uk/enterprise-cloud/data-centres.
4.4 Other technology and digital infrastructure we use may be located at various locations worldwide. We check and verify the security and credibility of each of our external services before using such services. However, we cannot be held responsible for the failure of their systems.
4.6 Measures implementing the European Commission's Standard Contractual Clauses for transfers of personal information between our group of companies and between us and our third-party providers require all such recipients to protect the personal information that they process from the EEA in accordance with European data protection laws. We have implemented similar appropriate safeguards with our third-party service providers and partners and further details can be provided upon request.
- Retaining and deleting personal data
5.1 This Section, sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.
5.2 Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
5.3 We will retain your personal data for as long as appropriate and necessary or until you request us to delete it.
5.4 In some cases it is not possible for us to specify in advance the periods for which your personal data will be retained. In such cases, we will determine the period of retention based on the following criteria:
(a) the period of retention of your personal data will be determined based on validity.
5.5 Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 5, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
6.1 We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
6.2 You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.
6.3 We may notify you of changes to this policy by email or through a formal announcement through our communication channels.
- Your rights
7.1 In this Section, we have summarised the rights that you have under data protection law. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.
7.2 Your principal rights under data protection law are:
(a) the right to access;
(b) the right to rectification;
(c) the right to erasure;
(d) the right to restrict processing;
(e) the right to object to processing;
(f) the right to data portability;
(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and
(h) the right to withdraw consent.
7.3 You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee. You can access your personal data by clicking on the Update Profile section in the footer of any newsletter you've received from us to update your details or delete your profile. Alternatively, if you are a Virtual Piano Plus member, you can edit your profile information by clicking on Profile Details from the profile dashboard when logged in.
7.4 You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.
7.5 In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law; the processing is for direct marketing purposes, and the personal data has been unlawfully processed. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary: for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information; for compliance with a legal obligation; or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
7.6 In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.
7.7 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the processing is necessary for: the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of any official authority vested in us; or the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
7.8 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling for direct marketing purposes). If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.
7.9 You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes on grounds relating to your particular situation, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.
7.10 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is:
(a) consent; or
(b) that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract, and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
7.11 If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.
7.12 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.
7.13 You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us in addition to the other methods specified in this Section 7.
7.14 If you are a resident of California, you are granted specific rights regarding access to your personal information. California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below.
If you are under 18 years of age, reside in California, and have a registered account on the sites, you have the right to request removal of unwanted data that you publicly post on the site. To request removal of such data, please contact us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with your account and information pertaining to your residency in California. We will make sure the data is not publicly displayed on the sites, but please be aware that the data may not be completely or comprehensively removed from our systems.
- About cookies
8.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
8.2 Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
8.3 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.