Terms of Use

This Agreement was last revised on June 12, 2024

Welcome to DropCap Marketplace, by Dropcap, Inc. ("DropCap” "we," or "us"). We provide users the ability to access and use and interact with our website and software system (“Service”) depending on the type of user.

General Terms

The Service(s) set forth above are not exhaustive and may change from time to time.

By accessing or using our website and software in connection with the Service, you signify that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Terms of Use Agreement ("Agreement"), whether or not you are a registered user of our Service.

The terms contained in our representation agreements between DropCap and publishers or authors, supersede any terms here that may be in conflict with any term in their representation agreements with us.

We reserve the right to amend this Agreement at any time and without notice. If we do this, we will post the amended Agreement on this page and indicate at the top of the page the date the Agreement was last revised. Your continued use of the Service after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use. If you do not agree to any of these terms or any future Terms of Use, do not use or access (or continue to access) the Service. This Agreement applies to all visitors, users, and others who access the Service ("Users").


On DropCap Marketplace, we have two types of users: (1) rights buyers (2) and publishers and authors. Users have access as follows:

Rights Buyers:

  • View titles and related information (e.g., publisher, current licenses, etc.).
  • Make inquiries about any title on our site.
  • If you also sign up as a rights buyer with DropCap, you will have access to additional features which may include:
    • View publicly available book data that we collect, aggregate, and analyze.
    • Ability to download PDFs.
    • Save favorite titles
    • Customize your profile (e.g., select language, categories of interest)
    • View, sign, and download rights licensing contracts
    • Upload sales reports and pay advances and royalties through our system
    • Inquire about a title’s rights availability
      • If the title is represented by DropCap, denoted with a Dropcap logo icon, we will provide you with a PDF of the book and related information.
      • If DropCap doesn’t represent the title, we will attempt to connect you with the authorized representative.
  • Subscribe to or unsubscribe from emails.

Publishers and Authors:

  • Users will list their title(s) on the DropcapMarketplace.com website. However, this in no way ensures any Rights buyers will view, inquire about, or license a title.
  • Users are responsible for all publicly presented title and author information. Such as title name, title category, author name, ISBN, book description, cover image, author image, author biography, title awards, etc.
  • Users can view and edit their title and author information by logging into their account on DropcapMarketplace.com.
  • Titles loaded into Dropcap Marketplace will be assessed by Dropcap Rights agents. Titles may, but are not guaranteed to be invited:
    • to be shown in one of the various Dropcap Rights Agency international book fair booths. There will be an additional opt-in cost.
    • to be part of a Rights buyer email campaign promoting specific books. There will be an additional opt-in cost.
    • to sign a representation agreement with DropCap.
  • Subscribe or unsubscribe from system emails.

Copyrights to Materials Uploaded

Any User submitting their book to DropCap Marketplace or uploading a sample or complete PDF of his or her book, acknowledges that they own all right, title and interest in and to the materials and data uploaded and/or are authorized by the copyright holder to do so.

Data Collected

We may collect publicly available data about Authors and Publishers books in various formats (print, ebook, and audio). We may aggregate and analyze this data internally and provide it to Rights Buyers. Every Author and Publisher acknowledges and agrees that data we may collect about his/her/their book(s) is from third-party sources, the accuracy of which we have no control over. We interpret the data to examine trends and other measurements about a book’s online traction. Any User using this Website or our Service acknowledges that any interpretation of the data we collect is limited in time frame and accuracy, and may change before or after we analyze such information.

Payments & Cancellation

Subscription and Renewal

By registering for a paid account, you will be able to list one or more books in DropCap Marketplace according to your subscription level. Your plan will auto-renew annually on the initial purchase date until you cancel. We will email you prior to the end of the billing cycle to notify you of the upcoming renewal to give you the opportunity to upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your plan. Upon renewal, your original payment method will be charged, unless you update your billing information within your account.

By subscribing, you accept our pricing as well as the limits of your subscription. We do not offer subscription plans less than one year.

Upgrades and Downgrades

You can upgrade or downgrade your subscription at any time in your account or by emailing us at hello@dropcap.com.

If you choose to downgrade your account, you will remain at your current plan level until the end of your annual billing cycle. After renewal at the downgraded plan level, you can choose which listings you would like to remain active in the Marketplace.


Our service is paid for on an annual basis and you have access to your account to create and manage your book listing(s) so long as your subscription is active. You may choose to cancel your account prior to the annual renewal, and we will remove your book listing(s) within one week of cancellation. You can do this by emailing us at hello@dropcap.com.

You may choose to cancel your subscription at the end of your annual billing cycle, and we will remove your book listing within one week of non-renewal.

Your annual billing cycle starts on the date that you pay for your subscription regardless of when or if you log into your account and create your book listing. There are no refunds. If you need assistance creating your book listing, email us at hello@dropcap.com.

We reserve the right to terminate your subscription at any time if you violate any terms of this Agreement. We will also terminate the subscription upon your request.

Liabilities, Damages and Warranties

Our Liabilities

The Service is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, we, and third parties connected to us, hereby expressly exclude:

  • All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity.
  • Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our sites or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our sites, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for:
    • loss of income or revenue;
    • loss of business;
    • loss of profits or contracts;
    • loss of anticipated savings;
    • loss of data;
    • loss of goodwill;
    • wasted management or office time; and
    • for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable, provided that this condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.
  • You acknowledge that our Services are provided without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.


The most you may ever make a claim for is the amount paid for any services rendered hereunder. We are not liable for any damages including but not limited to any incidental or consequential damages, damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other type of pecuniary loss.

Relationship with Our Company

The Service(s) set forth above are not exhaustive and may change from time to time.

Authors and Publishers: By listing your book(s) on DropCap Marketplace, you are not obligated to work with DropCap for rights representation in any way. Also, listing your book on DropCap Marketplace doesn’t create an agency relationship between you and our company unless you already have an existing representation agreement with DropCap. If a rights buyer inquires about your book(s), we will forward your contact information to the rights buyer. If you determine that you’d like us to represent your book(s) and we agree, a separate representation agreement will be executed prior to the commencement of that relationship.

Rights Buyers: You do not have to register in order to visit our site if you are a potential rights buyer (either a publisher or an agent). If you inquire about a title you see on DropCap Marketplace that is represented by DropCap, we will contact you. To access certain features of the Service, though, including, but not limited to accessing PDFs to titles and saving your favorites, you will need to register with DropCap and create a "Member" account.

If you inquire about a book not represented by DropCap, we will put you in contact with the author and/or publisher and you will need to confirm with the author and/or publisher that they control the translation rights and that the rights for your region/language are available. The title availability information on our site is provided by the author and/or publisher and while we screen submissions the best we can here, this site is a public marketplace and we can only verify statuses of books by authors and/or publishers represented by DropCap for rights licensing.

Use of our Website

Subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement, we grant you permission to use the Service. You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities: (i) copying, distributing, or disclosing any part of the Service in any medium except as permitted by these terms; (ii) uploading invalid data, viruses, worms, or other software agents through the Service; (iii) collecting or harvesting any personally identifiable information, including account names and email addresses, from the Service; (iv) using the Service for any commercial solicitation purposes other than those authorized here; (vi) using any information obtained from the Service in order to harass, abuse, or harm another person, or in order to contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell to any Member without their prior explicit consent, (vii) impersonating another person or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity, conducting fraud, hiding or attempting to hide your identity; and (viii) interfering with the proper working of the Service.

You acknowledge that our Services are provided without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

Our Proprietary Rights

Except for your specific member information about you and your book(s), the Service and all materials therein or transferred thereby, including, without limitation, software, images, text, graphics, illustrations, logos, patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, photographs, audio, videos, music, and all intellectual property rights related thereto, are the exclusive property of our company. Except as explicitly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a license in or under any such intellectual property rights, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from any materials or content accessible on the Service except in cases where you have executed a separate licensing agreement with any of our licensors. Use of our content or materials on the Service for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement is strictly prohibited.


You must be over 18 years of age to use and access this Service. Additionally, you acknowledge that we allow books on our platform solely at our discretion and may refuse to list any book and/or remove any book for any reason at any time. If you violate any of these terms or any licensing contract you’ve entered into as a result of using our Service, we may revoke your right to continued use of Service (at our discretion).


We care about the privacy of our Users. Click here to view our Privacy Policy. By using the Service, you are consenting to have your personal data as it relates to the use of our Service, transferred to and processed in the United States. We do not sell or rent your personal data to other companies.


We have implemented commercially reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. You acknowledge that you provide your personal information at your own risk.

Further, you acknowledge that in the unlikely event that our site, your information and/or the sample or complete PDF of your book are compromised that we are not liable for any damages including but not limited to any incidental or consequential damages, damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other type of pecuniary loss.


This Agreement, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by DropCap without restriction.


Governing Law.

You agree that: (i) the Service shall be deemed solely based in Wisconsin; and (ii) the Service shall be deemed a passive one that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over DropCap, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Wisconsin. This Agreement shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of Wisconsin, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. Any claim or dispute between you and DropCap that arises in whole or in part from the Service shall be decided exclusively by a court of competent jurisdiction located in La Crosse County, Wisconsin.

Entire Agreement/Severability.

This Agreement, together with any other other terms you agree to in connection with your use of the Service, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and DropCap concerning the Service. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.

No Waiver.

No waiver of any term of this Agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and DropCap's failure to assert any right or provision under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.