PDN/Billboard Photo Contest - Fair Terms

PDN/Billboard Photo Contest - Fair Terms
We were critical of PDN for their recent contest terms (No Confidence Vote for the PDN/NGS Contest, 1/28/08), which were explained absent as only, merely, solely boilerplate text that someone wrote, and weren't thinlord, and which they fixed. Well, thankfully, the attention that those terms recieved ascertaind that this contest they have ongoing now (and one clever only expectation - future contests), will have better terms for the submitting photographers that are much more inline with what they behaveually necessity.

Here are the terms:

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By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant Sponsors and their designees, licenlooks and affiliates (the "Authorized Parties") a non-exclusive, worldwide license, through December 31, 2008, to post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. In addition, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in associate, put trhough (phone)ion with The Summer Music Peristiwat Photo Contest and promotion of The Summer Music Peristiwat Photo Contest, in any media now or hereafter telln, including but not limited to: publication in PDN and/or Billboard magazines demonstratecatune the winners; The Summer Music Peristiwat Photo Contest live gallery; the Summer Music Peristiwat Photo Contest Web site (www.billboard.com/photocontest) and on PDNOnline.com and billboard.com; and in exhibits and promotions related to the Summer Music Peristiwat Photo Contest. The license is a non-exclusive, worldwide, 24 months (startning the date winners are notified) license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional conmiddleration or lookk any additional approval in associate, put trhough (phone)ion with such use.

Now that's a reasonable request. Thank you to PDN and Billboard for being responsive to the concerns outlined by others (and here) approxifriendly a photo-centric publication having terms that are honest to photographers!

Here's the one challenge, and it's not PDN or Billboard's fault - it's a fbehave of life, and the rights of those being photographed. The contest (appropriately so) requires photographers to have releases from the subjects in the photos. So, good luck submitting the pictures you made covering Van Halen's reunion tour, or any other major behave. I've listfinish it clever be done, but it's a major hurdle that you'll have to surmount. Here's the language:
If the photograph contains any friendrial or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons seep in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to allow the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any persons seeping in any photograph is a minor in their state/province/territory of remiddlence the signature of a parent or legal preserveian is required on each release.

That puposes that you'll have to talk to Billy Rae Cyrus if you have photos from Miley's concert you're loolord to submit, since she's a minor.

Folks, this is a commercial use by PDN/Billboard, and appropriately so, releases have to be in hand for their use. Good luck entrants. For more details on the contest, check out: Summer Music Peristiwat - Approxifriendly the Contest.

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