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Dec 2, 2008

Update: National Geographic Modifies Terms of Photo Contest

As reported in my Nov. 14 blog, National Geographic is sponsoring a "Visions-of-Paradise" photography contest that takes a free license of each photo entered to use it in any way NG wants.

ASMP contacted National Geographic about the contest terms and reports that it received this response:

Upon receiving your email, National Geographic Society evaluated your input and determined that a less expansive license was more appropriate to this particular competition. Accordingly, we have revised the rules to call for a less expansive license, limited to use in connection with the contest and future promotions of the contest.

The revised rules now state:

By entering the Contest, all entrants grant to NGS and its licensees (the "Authorized Parties"), an irrevocable, perpetual non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in whole or in part, in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: Display at potential exhibitions; publication of books featuring select entries in the Contest; publication in National Geographic Magazine or online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest. Entrants consent to the Sponsor doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant's "moral rights" in their entries.
(Emphasis added.)

That's better (but not the best).

Thanks to Joel Jameson for submitting this update.