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Rights Grab> Microsoft Future Pro Photographers Photography Contest

Hello everyone,

Please pay attention to the Official Rules of the “Microsoft Future Pro Photographers” Photography Contest.

This seems a Rights Grab Scheme, to build a library of images without paying the photographers.

“All Entries become the property of Sponsor and Administrators and will not be returned.

By submitting your Entry, you grant Sponsor and Administrators an irrevocable royalty-free, worldwide right, in all media (now known or later developed) to use, publish, alter or otherwise exploit your Entry.

You hereby forever release the Sponsor and Administrators from any and all claims you might have in connection with their use and exhibit of your Entry as set forth above. You also agree to sign any necessary documentation to effectuate that license and release.

If you do not want to grant Sponsor and Administrators the foregoing, please do not enter the Contest.”


by Ion Etxebarria at 2007-05-08 01:09:35 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Montreal , Christmas Island | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Oh man! They even use the word “exploit” when they state what they’ll do with your pictures….

by M. Scott Brauer | 08 May 2007 04:05 | Flint, MI, United States | | Report spam→
it is shame, alsmost every contest or competition out there includes such stuff… and the worst thing: most people dont care.

by Milos Djuric | 08 May 2007 07:05 | Berlin, Germany | | Report spam→
the prize is 20 000$.just how much are your images worth?
I agree in principle.
But come on.

by Emanuel Ferretti | 08 May 2007 11:05 | barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
there is only one (1) who will win, for her or him it is a grat deal – sure.

but think of all the others who have submitted their images and go out – practically – empty handed…

by Milos Djuric | 08 May 2007 11:05 | Berlin, Germany | | Report spam→
This was an unintentional “cut & paste” error which was corrected in the rules and on the site by the Microsoft Pro Community team immediately after it was caught and communicated to them. The rules now read exactly as they did for last years contest. The photographs submitted may only be used to directly promote the contest – with appropriate credit & copyright given to the photographer. The contest sponsors, including Microsoft, do not support the practice of requiring a overly broad grant of rights regardless of how common in other contests.

by Charles Mauzy | 09 May 2007 14:05 | Seattle, United States | | Report spam→
Oh well…

by Harshad Sharma | 09 May 2007 17:05 | Ahmednagar, India | | Report spam→

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Ion Etxebarria, Photographer Ion Etxebarria
Montréal , Christmas Island
M. Scott Brauer, Photographer M. Scott Brauer
Boston, Massachusetts , United States ( BOS )
Milos Djuric, Photojournalist Milos Djuric
Hannover , Germany ( HAJ )
Emanuel Ferretti, Emanuel Ferretti
Barcelona , Spain
Charles Mauzy, Photography, Technology Charles Mauzy
Photography, Technology
Seattle , United States ( SEA )
Harshad Sharma, Photographer Harshad Sharma
Mumbai , India ( BOM )


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