Photo Attorney

Apr 7, 2009

More Photo Contest Rules to Contest

Winning a photo contest is a thrill but you can't win if you don't play. Unfortunately, just by entering some photo contests means that you will lose some rights to your photos. Following are some examples of photo contests where you need to check just what rights you'll lose by playing.

National Natural Landmarks Program Photo Contest -

6. General Conditions: . . . All entries become the property of the National Park Service and will not be returned to the entrant. Submission of an entry shall constitute the grant of a non-exclusive, royalty free license to the National Park Service, and its' sublicensees, to reproduce, display, prepare derivative works, distribute to the public by sale or other transfer, and to utilize the photograph submitted for any governmental purpose, including but not limited to publication on the World Wide Web, interpretive publications, and commercial uses.

The Block Main Street Photo Contest -

13. Entrants agree to grant to Sponsor and Organizer an everlasting, royalty-free, assignable, exclusive license to use, utilize, replicate, alter, adapt, modify, publish, broadcast, translate, produce derivative works from, distribute, present, play, sublicense and exercise all copyright and other intellectual property rights with respect to your contribution worldwide and/or to include your contribution in other works in any media now known or later created forever.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's 2009 Photo Contest -

OPRD reserves the right to edit, adapt, and publish any or all of the photos submitted and may use them in any media without attribution or compensation to the contestant. Submission of an entry gives OPRD unrestricted rights to use photographs without compensation. -

3. Intellectual Property Rights
. . . you grant to Zivity a perpetual, world-wide, royalty free, non-exclusive, irrevocable and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display any or all Content you submit to the Site and to incorporate such Content into other works.

Thanks to Tom Dills, Mary Ann Melton, Aaron Hockley, and Gregg Zivney, for submitting these alerts.