Sigma Takes Extensive License From Moms and CBC Takes Your Copyright

Although most of my posts on bad rules in photo contests are now distributed through my Twitter account, these are worth their own entry.

(1) Sigma is sponsoring a “Momtographers” Photo Contest.  Unfortunately, the rules provide that:

By submitting an Entry, entrant, or in the case of a minor, the minor’s parent or legal guardian, grants to Sigma and its affiliated companies (1) an irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free right and license to use, display, modify, reproduce, publish, distribute, make derivative works of, sublicense, and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit the Images and all intellectual property rights therein, including copyrights, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed (including but not limited to print, film, or electronic storage devices), without compensation of any kind to entrant or any third party and (2) the right, except where prohibited by law, to use entrant’s name, likeness, picture, address (city and state), e-mail address, voice, biographical information and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing Sigma and its products or services for a period of 18 months, without compensation unless required by law. Entrant shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of entrant’s name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), e mail address, biographical information, or Entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to Sigma and its affiliated companies with respect to all entrants in the Contest, including non-winners and winners.

No respect for mothers there.

(2) The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on “what does being Canadian mean to you.”  But the terms provide:

2. CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY
. . .
Entries become the property of the CBC and by entering the CBC Photo Contest you grant CBC all rights to use your image(s) in all forms, media and manners, without restriction as to changes or alterations, for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition or any other lawful purposes. You also confirm that all those in the images grant CBC all rights to use your image(s) in all forms, media and manners, without restriction as to changes or alterations, for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition, or any other lawful purposes.

You also agree to waive any right to inspect or approve the photographs or electronic matter that may be used in conjunction with them now or in the future, whether that use is known or unknown, and you waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of the photographs.

Hopefully these rules don’t represent what being Canadian means to the CBC.

Thanks to Je Neuhaus and Warren Cocking for submitting these alerts.

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