Cornish Traditional Cottages is a holiday letting agency with approximately 400 cottages, houses, bungalows and a few apartments on its books throughout Cornwall in the UK. Further information about this company is available here.
Competitions or appeals seeking submissions of creative works from the public, works such as photos, videos, poems, stories, 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 competition, all contestants hereby consent (except where prohibited) to the use by CTC of the contestant's name, age, photograph, hometown address, and entry without any further compensation.
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 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. It is permissable to use winning works for ever but only with the sole purpose of promoting a recurring competition, and no other purpose.
The terms and conditions grant the organiser the right to use your work beyond that needed to promote the competition. Your work will be used to promote the company's business in perpetuity with no compensation ever paid to you. Usage of your work should be restricted solely to promoting the competition. 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. 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.
We suggest that authors who wish to write about Cornwall should do so, but instead of submitting it to the above competition submit it to the Cornwall Living magazine (for example) and if the magazine shows interest then you will have the opportunity to negotiate a publishing fee with them. You'll have no opportunity to negotiate a fee with Cornwall Traditional Cottages.
We thank Mistakes Writers Make for bringing this 'competition' to our attention.
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.
If time is at a premium for you we have prepared a complaint email which you can copy and send to the organiser.
The Artists' Bill of Rights campaign depends on your active support, your help will make a difference.
Updated on 29/02/2012
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.
© Bill of Rights Supporters Group
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.