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(a) you own all rights in your User Content (including, without limitation, all rights to the audio, video, or digital recording, and the performance contained in your User Content) or, alternatively, you have acquired all necessary rights in your User Content to enable you to grant to Academic Degrees the rights in your User Content described herein;
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(d) you will make such permissions available to Academic Degrees upon request; and
(e) your User Content do not infringe the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or any other legal or moral rights of any third party.
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