According to AndhraNews.net Terri Crowther, a single working mother from the United Kingdom, has launched a global online travel photo competition. She is encouraging amateur travel photographers to find a million unique places on earth, while she shares two million dollars in prize money.
The AndhraNews.net report goes on to say she is South African born and now lives in Cheshire, England, with her 10-year-old twins. She sees the competition as a way to both help travellers display images of their favourite spots on the globe as well as a way for her to reclaim her life from the march of time.
Time marched on and the competition was abandoned.
Competitions or appeals seeking submissions of creative works from the public, works such as photos, videos, poems, music, etc., are reviewed by the Bill of Rights campaign. The reviews are to help you decide whether you should participate in the competition or appeal. The only thing you need to understand is that when you create a work (e.g. a photo) the law automatically makes you the sole beneficiary of certain rights over that work (but see note 1 below). These rights are called intellectual property rights.
Rights have a value and you are free to decide what that value is. If a person or organisation would like to use your work to promote something, you have the right to refuse permission, or to set a fee for a specific use and decide how long they may use it. More information about intellectual property rights and their value to you as an individual can be read in our Guide to Rights & Licensing. Listed on the next tab are some competitions or appeals promoted by the above organisation. For each we detail how the organisation's terms and conditions will exploit your rights to their advantage for works you submit to their competition or appeal.
A copy of this report was submitted to the organisation to help them review and change their terms and conditions. We also took the opportunity to invite them to join the Bill of Rights Supporters' Group. This would have enabled them to enjoy the benefits of being a member of a group which supports and respects others' intellectual property rights. Unfortunately the negotiations did not conclude successfully.
The main aims of the Bill of Rights Campaign are to help everyone understand that their intellectual property rights have a value and to encourage competition and appeal organisers to adopt the standards set out in the Bill of Rights for Artists.
Note 1. Rights for works created as an employee are usually owned by your employer.
Listed below in order of closing date are the competitions or appeals promoted by this organisation that have been reviewed by the Bill of Rights for Artists campaign. To see the review of each competition or appeal just click on its title and a window will open to reveal its details.
The following information is provided for each competition or appeal;
the terms and conditions that impact on your intellectual property rights for any works you submit;
an explanation of how the terms and conditions will affect you and the rights you have in any work you submit to it;
a list of any other organisations sponsoring the competition or appeal;
who you should contact and how to complain to the organisation concerned.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Copy and paste terms and conditions that refer to rights here, ensure they are displayed in italics.
"6. CLOSING DATE
6.1 The Competitions shall remain open for an initial period of 3 years until 16 January 2010 (the "Closing Date") or until a million unique places on Earth have been found, whichever is the earlier.
6.2 Based on the number and uniqueness of Entries received, MPOE reserves the right to re-open the Competition for a further 2 years and extend the Closing Date accordingly to 16 January 2012.
6.3 The Closing Date for the first Places Prize Fund is 16 January 2008.
12.1 The copyright of an Entry submitted by You remains with You. All photographs uploaded to the Website shall be protected by the MPOE watermark.
12.2 In consideration of MPOE agreeing to accept your Entry, You hereby grant to MPOE a non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, sub-licensable, assignable, royalty-free right and license to use, store, display, publish, transmit, transfer, distribute, reproduce, create derivative works from or incorporate in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, any photograph submitted by You, which forms part of the Entry, solely in the context of the Attempt, the Competitions and this Website.
12.3 In consideration of MPOE paying a reasonable fee (which will be agreed with You in advance and in good faith), You agree to allow MPOE to reproduce any Entry for any purpose unrelated to the Attempt or the Competitions.
12.4 Where an image is reproduced by MPOE, the photographer will be credited.
12.5 If You select to sell your photographs through the Website in the future, MPOE shall pay You a royalty fee of between 70% and 80% of the value of the photograph."
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.
There is no absolute end date for this contest and it could remain open for up to five years. However, the winners will be chosen from entries received prior to 16 January 2008 which negates the motive for entering a competition. The competition is more about gathering 1,000,000 photos than about celebrating photography and for that reason it cannot be recommended.
The above may help you to decide not to submit any works to this competition or appeal. For further guidance please read the Bill of Rights for Artists.
To visit the competition website click the competition title above to submit the free image we have created. Note that the competition link may cease to work at some point after the competition results are announced.
You can help the Bill of Rights campaign by complaining to the organiser urging them to change their terms and conditions. If time is at a premium for you we have prepared a complaint email which you can copy and send to the organiser. Alternatively, or as well as, you can submit the free image we have prepared to register your complaint simply by entering the free image to the contest.
Where a contest automatically displays entrants images on the contest website as they arrive you can use the free image to test the competition and determine if it is stripping metadata. The test results can be submitted to a survey by the Controlled Vocabulary Group.
The Bill of Rights campaign depends on your active support, your help will make a difference.
Updated on 10 June 2008
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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The above text may be reproduced providing a link is given to the Bill of Rights For Artists.
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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