Photo Attorney

Jun 25, 2009

The Not-So-Fine Print

Here are some more terms and conditions that need close review (and some are alarming!):

Share the Experience Photo Contest - The Rules states that:

Submission of an entry in this Contest constitutes entrant's irrevocable assignment, conveyance, and transference to Sponsors of all right, title, and interest in the entry, including, without limitation, all copyrights.

Alliance of Actions Sports - The User Content Submission Agreement provides:

In connection with all User Content you submit using the User Content Submission Features, you grant to ALLI, and the Affiliates, the unqualified, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual and royalty free right, license, authorization and permission, in any form or format, on or through any media or medium and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed or discovered, in whole or in part, to host, cache, store, maintain, use, reproduce, distribute, display, exhibit, perform, publish, broadcast, transmit, modify, prepare derivative works of, adapt, reformat, translate, and otherwise exploit all or any portion of your User Content on the Site and any other channels, services, and other distribution platforms, whether currently existing or existing or developed in the future, of ALLI, and the Affiliates (collectively, the "Platforms"), for any purpose whatsoever (including, without limitation, for any promotional purposes) without accounting, notification, credit or other obligation to you, and the right to license and sub-license and authorize others to exercise any of the rights granted hereunder to ALLI, and the Affiliates, in our sole discretion.

Nature Conservancy Digital Photo Contest:

By entering the contest, you hereby grant to The Nature Conservancy (i) a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and publicly perform the photographs you submit to The Nature Conservancy, and (ii) the right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

City of Toronto Photo Contest - The Rules state:

By entering the contest, you agree to have any of your winning photos and photos that receive honourable mention displayed at City locations and used in City of Toronto print and electronic communication materials, advertising and promotional materials and on the City's website, for any purpose and at any time in the future, without any fee or other form of compensation.

Art Wolfe's Photo Contest:

By entering the contest, entrants grant Art Wolfe, Inc a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any purpose, excluding resale. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit. Art Wolfe, Inc. will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
The rules apparently have been revoked. Of course, as a wonderful professional photographer, we're sure that Art doesn't need our photos for any purpose other than the contest!

Thanks to Bill Boswell, Thomas Di Nardo, Arcady Genkin, and Annie Libby for submitting these alerts.