Win Photo Contest and Lose Copyright (and More Rights Grabs)
Canon USA Hawaii and its co-sponsors: LavaNet, KRATER 96, and Nikkan San are sponsoring its “Annual Canon Amateur Photo Contest.” Three winners will receive either a Canon EOS Rebel XS Kit, a Canon Powershot G11 Camera, or Canon Powershot SD1200IS Camera. Unfortunately, the rules provide that:
“[you] agree that the copyright to [your] photograph will be assigned to Canon U.S.A., Inc. in the event it is selected as a winner in this contest.”
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Looks as though we’re off to another bad year of rights grabs!
Thanks to Joseph Holmes, Frank Fennema,Check Photo Attorney on Lynda.com, in the Lynda.com Article Center, and on Twitter!