Australian Year of the Farmer Limited is a non political, not-for-profit organisation managed by an independent Board of Directors with the aim of promoting the importance of farming to Australia.
Competitions or appeals seeking submissions of creative works from the public, works such as photos, videos, poems, music, etc., are reviewed by the Artists' Bill of Rights campaign. The reviews are to help you decide whether or not you should participate in the competition or appeal. When you create a work (e.g. a photo) the law automatically makes you the sole beneficiary of certain rights over that work. These rights are called intellectual property rights. Note: Rights for works created in the course of employment are usually owned by the employer (i.e. works for hire).
Rights have a value and you are free to decide what that value is. If a person or organisation wants to use your work to promote something, you have the right to refuse permission or to set a fee for a specific use. More information about intellectual property rights and their value to you can be read in our Guide to Rights & Licensing.
Listed below in order of closing date are the competitions or appeals promoted by this organisation that we have reviewed. For each we detail how their terms and conditions will exploit your rights. To read our review(s) just click on any competition/appeal title below.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By entering this promotion, Entrants absolutely and unconditionally assign to the Promoter (and agree to use their best endeavours to procure any relevant third parties to absolutely and unconditionally assign to the Promoter) all right, title and interest in all Intellectual Property Rights in their Entry. Each Entrant must, upon request by the Promoter, execute all documents and perform all acts necessary to vest all Intellectual Property Rights in their Entry in the Promoter. Each Entrant expressly consents pursuant to the moral rights provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) to the Promoter having an unfettered right to treat an Entrant?s Entry in any manner at its sole discretion, to alter the Entry in any manner and to the Promoter not attributing authorship of the Entry to the Entrant. Each Entrant acknowledges that as a consequence of the unconditional assignment, the Promoter may publish, modify and/or sell (and assign to others the right to publish, modify and/or sell) the Entrant?s Entry in whole or part in any form (including but not limited to in a coffee table book, soft cover magazine series, 2013 calendar, roadshow exhibition, print collection and/or online catalogue) for an unlimited period of time without further notification, remuneration or compensation, for the purpose of promoting, publicising or marketing the promotion (including any outcome), promoting any products or services manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter and its promotional partners and/or promoting the Promoter and its promotional partners generally.
HOW THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WILL AFFECT YOU
The following notes explain how the above terms and conditions affect your rights in respect of any works you submit to the above competition or appeal.
The terms and conditions are claiming your copyright. You will no longer be the owner of your work, legal ownership will be transferred to the organisation. You will not be permitted to use or reproduce your work again without permission from the new owner.
The terms and conditions require you to waive your moral rights. This means you will not be able to object to how your work is used in future, such as it being altered in a manner you may find derogatory, or if it is used to promote a product or cause you find objectionable. You have also lost your right to be credited as the author of your work.
The terms and conditions do not state you will always be credited when your work is reproduced. One of your most important moral rights is that you should be credited as the author of a work whenever it is reproduced.
The terms and conditions state that if you win, or are a potential winner, you are required to complete various additional forms, but the terms and conditions of these additional forms are not displayed on the competition or appeal website. This is like being asked to sign a blank cheque. It is not an acceptable business practice to require you to accept all the terms and conditions when submitting a work but fail to display all the terms and conditions on documents you may at some stage have to complete and sign.
The terms and conditions are granting the organiser unlimited use of your work for ever. For non-winning works a usage time limit of 5 years or less should be set with usage limited solely to promoting the competition or appeal. It is permissable to use winning works for ever but only in a permanent winners gallery with the sole purpose of promoting a recurring competition or appeal.
The terms and conditions grant the organiser the right to use your work beyond that needed to promote the competition or appeal. Your work will be used for other purposes. Usage of your work should be restricted solely to promoting the competition or appeal. If the organisation wishes to use your work for any other purpose they should negotiate with you independently of the competition. You should have the right to negotiate an appropriate fee for the specific use they want to make of your work and to set a time limit on such use. You should also have the right to refuse use of your work. For further information on fees and licensing refer to the Introduction to Rights and Licensing.
Recommendation; DO NOT enter this competition, the terms and conditions represent a predatory rights grab of the very worst kind.
For further guidance please read the Bill of Rights for Artists.
We have written to this organisation, submitted a link to this report and urged them to adjust the competition rules as set out in the ABoR Principles document.
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Updated on 27/02/2012
Competitions which meet all the standards set out in the Bill of Rights For Artists do not do any of the following -
We have written an Organisers Guide to the Bill of Rights to help organisers draft terms and conditions that respect the rights of entrants and at the same time provide legal protection for the organiser.
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Any text reproduced in italics in this report has been extracted from a competition or appeal website for the purposes of review.
Organisations who would like to be promoted as a Bill of Rights Supporter and have their competitions promoted on the Rights On List can use this contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.
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