Competitions seeking submissions of creative works – works such as photos, videos, poems, music, etc. – can be reviewed by the Artists' Bill of Rights campaign, especially if brought to our attention. Our reviews can help you decide if entering the competition is something you feel comfortable doing.
Rights have a value and you are free to decide what that value is. If a person or organisation wants to use your creative work (never call creative work "content"!) to promote their project, you have the right to either refuse permission or to negotiate your own terms, including a usage fee and a term limit, for each specific use. More information about intellectual property rights and their value to you can be read in our Guide to Rights & Licensing.
Closing date: 22 July, 2021
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Overall, the Official Rules contain circular, unclear and confusing language as to how, and for how long, your entries will be used, and under what conditions they will be shared with sponsors. See Item #2 in our explanation below about how these terms could affect you so that you are clear about what we consider the proper usage of entries by organizers and sponsors.
First, one positive note: Street Scene is one of the very few, if any, competitions that allows entrants to add a small watermark to the bottom corner of their entry. This is quite a positive step. Everyone should be adding their name/watermark to any image they post to the web, particularly on social media. Read why here.
What we do NOT like is that the following language is vague, circular and confusing:
By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.
Furthermore, we want to know what, "except as otherwise noted herein", refers to:
USE OF ENTRY:
By submitting an entry, entrant grants the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry (as submitted, or as cropped by the Sponsors), and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in Digital Photo, Imaging Resource, and any Madavor Media magazines for purposes of promotion of this Contest except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.(emphasis is ours)
Finally, the organizer is claiming unlimited, perpetual usage for Digital Photo and Madavor's affiliated publications, their sponsors and their sponsors' designees without acknowledging certain restrictions that we ourline in our principles.
HOW THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WILL AFFECT YOU
The following notes explain how the above terms and conditions affect your rights..
The terms and conditions are unclear about how your work will be used. Never submit works to a competition or appeal without knowing how the terms and conditions will affect your rights.
The terms and conditions may be granting the organiser unlimited use of your work forever. For all entries, a usage time limit of 3 years or less should be set with use limited solely to promoting the competition or appeal. It is permissable to use winning works without a time limit but only in a dedicated and permanent winners gallery hosted on the organizer's website and exclusively for the purpose of promoting the competition if is of a recurring nature.
Because these hese terms and conditions are unclear, they may possibly be allowing the organiser or their designees the right to use your work beyond that needed to promote the competition or appeal. Usage of your work should be restricted solely to promoting the competition or appeal. You should have the right to negotiate an appropriate fee for a specific use and for a specific time limit that is unrelated to the promotion of the competition. And, you should always have the right to opt out when a use is not specifically used to promote the competition. For further information on fees and licensing refer to the Introduction to Rights and Licensing.
MAKE YOUR CONCERNS KNOWN
Competitions which meet all the standards set out in the Bill of Rights For Artists do not do any of the following -
We have written an Organisers Guide to the Bill of Rights to help organisers draft terms and conditions that respect the rights of entrants and at the same time provide legal protection for the organiser.
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