What’s Wrong with the Chicago in Focus Dream Town Photo Contest?
Copyright is paramount to photographer. As a photographer here in Chicago I considered entering this contest. That is until I read the ‘Official Rules’. Here is an excerpt from the Official Rules for the Dream Town Photo Contest.
‘By entering this Contest and submitting an Entry, Entrant hereby grants Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries a perpetual, irrevocable worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicense able and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and display the Entry in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any purpose, including but not limited to Sponsor’s photo contest, and the advertising and promotion of such photo contest.
You acknowledge and agree that Sponsor may use your Entry in any manner, including but not limited to: selling and distributing publications containing the Entry, changing or reworking the Entry by making color or size changes, making derivative works of the Entry, and using the Entry on the Sponsor’s website and on promotional material for Sponsor’s website or publication.
Entries must be original. Entries must not contain third party materials or images violating any rights of publicity, trademark, or copyright. Entrant grants the Sponsor (except where prohibited by law) the right to use and publish Entrant’s name, likeness, city and state, biographical data, and/or any information contained in an Entry in print and/or other media in connection with this Contest, including on the Internet, by the Sponsor, its partners, and third party entities, without additional compensation, notice, review, or approval.’
And for the winners…..
‘Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use winner’s name, city and state of residence and/or likeness, and any winning photograph, for purposes of advertising and trade; in any and all media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity, without limitation or further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, the Entrant further agrees to release and hold Contest Parties harmless from and against any and all claims, damages and liability of any kind arising from or in connection with, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the acceptance, possession or use/misuse of the prize, participation in the Contest or in any prize-related activities, and assumes all liability in connection therewith.’
Yes, they can use the photos of all contestants forever in any way they see fit and can collect compensation for use of your photos and you get nothing.
Definitely read the rule before entering this or any contest. Seems like they are paying $4,000 to collect hundreds, maybe thousands of photos that they can market in the future for their own compensation and cut you out, the original photographer.