Outdoor Photographer May Use Photo Contest Entries for Advertising Purposes

Outdoor Photographer is sponsoring a photo contest on “Nature’s Colors.” The grand prize is a D-SLR of your choice: a Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D300, Olympus E-3, Sony A700, or $1,500 cash plus publication of the winning photo in the March 2009 issue of Outdoor Photographer. Sweet!

Alas, the rules of the contest provide that:

By submitting an entry, entrant grants Sponsor and its designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name . . . in Sponsor’s online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission . . . . In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsor and its designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry [(as submitted, or as cropped by Sponsor)], and his/her name . . . in any and all media now or hereafter known . . . for purposes of advertising and promoting Sponsor . . . without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited.

Emphasis added.

While not as fun as winning a great camera or cash, it always pays to read the fine print of contests so you know what you’re giving for what your getting.

Thanks to Steve Callahan for submitting this alert.

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