"The National Garden Scheme opens gardens in England and Wales for charity. It was founded in 1927 in England with the aim of "opening gardens of quality, character and interest to the public for charity". The scheme has raised over £50 million since it began, and over half a million garden visits occur each year." Wikipedia
We have been in contact with National Garden Scheme regarding their terms and have offered suggestions as to how they could write their terms that would more clearly define the rights they are seeking. As of this date, we have not received a reply that indicated willingness to consider our principles or clarify their existing terms. We, therefore, reluctantly, place NGS on our Rights Off list.
Your Creative 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.
The reviews we provide 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 exlusive rights over that work. These are your intellectual property rights. (Rights for works created in the course of employment are usually owned by the employer and considered "works for hire".)
It is entirely up to you to decide if you wish to enter a competition on our Rights Off list.
12. Copyright and Usage
Our terms state there is a 3-year limit, not a perpetual license, for non-winning and non-shortlisted images, and that all usage must be directly related to the competition. Beyond that time frame, NGS may request that entrants donate further use to advance their mission, but it must not be a condition of entry or winning.
Usage must clearly be related to promoting the competition and identified as a competition image. It is unclear how "the gardens" would use the images. In ad banners or background images, in promo for the gardens and not the competition?
Press usage must display the competition name and the entrant/winner name, and be of reasonable size for the specific editorial purpose, not extraordinarily large (e.g., to cover entire desktop screen sizes). Press outlets should preserve any ownership metadata embedded by the entrant.
Again, no perpetual use should be required, and publishing should only be directly related to the competition. The only exception is for a dedicated web gallery for past and current winners.
Publication in the 2019 Calendar is fine as long as it is a calendar of competition images specifically for the purpose of promoting the competition. NGS may publish and sell as many 2019 calendars as desired, but commencing another publication run after 3 years from the end of the 2018 competition without the published entrantsí permissions is not allowed.
The three-year rule would be true for Gardnersí World Magazine, unless NGS makes suitable arrangements with the photographer.
CONTACT THE ORGANIZER
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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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