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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.
All entry materials become the property of WWF and will not be acknowledged or returned. The copyright in any submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry in this contest constitutes entrant's irrevocable, perpetual permission and consent, without further compensation or attribution, to use the submission and the entrant's name, Instagram or Twitter handle for editorial, advertising, commercial and publicity purposes by WWF and/or others authorized by WWF, in any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration of the copyright in the submission. WWF and/or others authorized by WWF shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the submission.
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.
Although the terms and conditions are not claiming your copyright, they state "All entry materials bcome the property of WWF", which is the same thing. You will no longer be the owner of your work, legal ownership will be transferred to the organisation. You will have to remove that work from anywhere you posted it and will not be permitted to associate yourself with work again without permission from the new owner. Hopefully, this is a careless oversight.
You are granting WWF commercial use of your work. Furthermore, you are granting "WWF and/or others authorized by WWF shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the submission." Usually that means reformatting to fit various distribution models, however, with the commercial use you are granting, conceiveably you would be allowing anyone WWF chooses to modify, transform and copyright any submitted images.
The terms and conditions do not state you will always be credited when your work is reproduced. Only the "winner's image" will be credited. 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 are granting the organiser unlimited use of your work for ever. 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 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.
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 2015-11-02 21:54:08
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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