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hi all, does anyone have an opinion on this? —a top digital company here in the region (asia) is sponsoring a photo contest where they have a section called Rights to Entered Work :
—each applicant who owns the relevant entered work hereby grants ___(sponsoring company) a non-exclusive,world wide and perpetual license and the right to use,reproduce,prepare derivative works of, distribute, and publicly display the entered work for the purposes of displaying the entered in exhibitions and this contest,product catalogues,and promotional and marketing literature, all in printed and/or form

Did I understand this right? Copyright is theirs? any comments will be appeciated. thank you. kat

by Kat Palasi at 2005-08-14 18:07:13 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) MANILA , Philippines | Bookmark | | Report spam→

No you still have copyright as the arangement is "non-exclusive" , this just lets them use it in all sorts of ways for  promotion of the contest and the company.

by Louis Porter | 14 Aug 2005 18:08 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Kat: © is yours, still. Although you are giving them the right to use the entered photos for anything they want, with no further compensation to you. I always read contracts with an eye towards what is allowed under the terms, as unlikely as that may be…

As I read this, they can take your photo and put it on the cover of the brochure for their new Pro-line printer catalogue without even a photo credit for your work.

I generally don’t enter contests that include such language.

It follows that I don’t enter many photo contests any more.

by Jack Howard | 15 Aug 2005 07:08 (ed. Aug 15 2005) | Somerville NJ, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Louis and Jack for your replies.This kind of “vagueness” in terms of copyright is deliberate i think on the part of the contest organizers.And anyone who cares about their pictures should be more wary or not join (like you said).That rule however was misinterpreted by people i know to mean that they will give up their rights to the pictures (in case they win)—so i thought i’d post this ruling here in case you understood it the same way. Thanks again for clarifying.


by Kat Palasi | 15 Aug 2005 08:08 | MANILA, Philippines | | Report spam→
Doesn’t seem that vague to me. And it concerns all entrants not just winners.

If it is only about promoting the photo competition they should not be asking entrants to hand over such extensive rights. No doubt they know what they are doing. Tourism boards often use the trick to build up stock libraries on their area for the price of a contest prize.

by David Brabyn | 15 Aug 2005 09:08 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
hey i didn’t notice that it was for ALL entrants.hmmm.thanks for pointing that out. i guess it just seemed vague because we didn’t really understand what the rule meant -give up rights or keep rights and still give a whole lot anyway. things are clearer now though.thanks.


by Kat Palasi | 16 Aug 2005 09:08 | MANILA, Philippines | | Report spam→
had i realized this post was up i would have posted another contest rights grab here, but instead it’s posted on it’s own called photoshare rights grab which essentiall does the same thing as the contest you posted here, kat. it is a shame about contests that so many of them now are just an underhanded way of building up an archive. so cynical mixed in with the aspirations of people who want to have their work seen and appreciated. regarding these contests (and many publications) essentially copyright no longer exists. while you techinically retain copyright it’s fairly useless since you receive no compensaton for usage and no ability to protect the image from becoming debased due to impropper usage.

by [former member] | 16 Aug 2005 11:08 | rome, Italy | | Report spam→
hi jake—i noticed your post a bit later too. the replies have been helpful and gives me a better sense of what contests like these are about. and many in my country, including myself-think about joining but most often never do.we are mostly stopped by the “copyright” issues that, according to david, hands over “extensive rights” to the contest sponsor.sure, we would like to win big prizes,etc. but david burnett said somewhere that you must take care of your pictures,always.:) cheers despite all these. kat

by Kat Palasi | 19 Aug 2005 16:08 | MANILA, Philippines | | Report spam→

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