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Ugly terms in National Geo My Montana photo contest

I think we’ve had posts about bad National Geographic photo contest terms before, and I think we’ve gotten a good response from the organization. I’ve just noticed one of their recent contests, My Montana, has an egregious rights grab in the entry rules. I wish I could say I was surprised to see a contest be such a bad deal for photographers, but I am saddened to see an organization such as National Geographic, which has been such a supportive force in photography, do this with their contests. I’d love to submit to the contest, as I’ve a long-family connection to Montana, but as it stands, it’d be bad for me to submit.

Specifically, Section 4 of the rules at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mymontana/files/NationalGeographicMyMontanaPhotoContestOfficialRules.pdf state: “Submission of an entry grants Sponsor and their agents a license and right to use, publish, adapt, edit and/or modify such entry in any way, in whole or in part, and to use such entry alone or in combination with other works, as solely determined by Sponsor, in commerce and trade and in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, including but not limited to the Website, without limitation or compensation to the Entrant and without right of notice, review or approval of any such use of the entry.”

Does anyone know anyone involved with the contest that we could talk to?

by M. Scott Brauer at 2011-11-15 19:53:24 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→


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