At Dorset Coastal Cottages we love taking photographs, so we never employ a professional photographer. There is just so much to shoot in our little slice of paradise so we are always out and about taking pictures of our beautiful county. (link)
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 and HOW THEY WILL AFFECT YOU
The terms and conditions grant the organizer the right to use your work beyond that needed to promote the competition or appeal. Your work will be used for other purposes (in this case, to promote DCC).
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.
DCC reserves the right to modify this boring but important stuff at any time, at its discretion, and without notice
You are at the mercy of the organizer and will not know how your work will be used after you submit. This is giving the organizer a free pass to do what they wish.
Since YOU are the copyright owner of your submitted work, this nonsense statement seems to be allowing the organizer to use your submitted work anyway they wish. It is unclear whether this condition's wording would stand up in court, but you probably won't want to spend the time and effort to find out.
With reference to our principles, the terms and conditions may be granting the organiser unlimited use of your work forever. For non-winning works a usage time limit of 3 years or less should be set with usage limited solely to promoting the competition or appeal. It is permissible to use winning works forever but only in a permanent winners gallery with the sole purpose of promoting a recurring competition or appeal.
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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.