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More And More Contests Want The Rights

Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/19/2013 - 4:50 PM

"Clever" business people seam to figure out that you can get free images for your book here.

"By entering this contest you agree to give the administer of this contest use your image(s) with photo credit to you in his 'Photo Essay' / Coffee Table Book titled Photo Plus One."

I asked in the forum there where the proceeds go and the post was deleted immediately.
Somebody else just posted the same question, see if this one will be answered

Be smart, don't submit to something like this, he wants 200 free images ........... really

Q - the collection


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Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/19/2013 - 4:55 PM

There is no money in curing cancer - the money is in the treatment and the "research" for a cure. and folks - as a friend of mine writes - "Everything is a business model".


Posted by: Dan Carmichael on 06/19/2013 - 5:45 PM

Actually, "rights grabs" in contest is sorta' old news. Been going on for years.

The rule above is rather conservative. Many contests nowadays don't even offer credit. They simply state that by entering, you give them full rights, royalty free, to do anything they want.

I have been telling people for years to READ THE RULES!


Posted by: Philip Sweeck on 06/19/2013 - 5:51 PM

Yes, it's nothing new...


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/19/2013 - 6:13 PM

sorry, was new to me, just thought I say something


Posted by: JC Findley on 06/19/2013 - 6:36 PM

Gunter, thank you for saying something.

While this has been going on a while many MANY people do not read the fine print in contests and the more chances for them to see how this happens the better.

If you are bored and have time read some of the online contest ToS contracts. If I recall, even Natty G has some pretty harsh terms.


Posted by: Rudy Umans on 06/19/2013 - 7:08 PM

Thank you Gunter for posting. New news or old news, doesn't matter. It is always new to somebody and if we keep silent we just enable the perpetrators.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 06/19/2013 - 8:38 PM

Exactly what Rudy said. Info is always new to someone.

Thanks for the heads up, Gunter.


Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 06/19/2013 - 8:44 PM

I'm surprised at how many people have actually entered.


Posted by: Bradford Martin on 06/19/2013 - 8:53 PM

I don't enter any contests that even have a TOS or contract. Contests are almost always a way to get something for nothing. At least it is not like the old days where you sent in the original negative and never got it back. I don't send in to Natty G, but they are welcome to make a deal if they want to use one of my images. Or better yet, finance an expedition.


Posted by: HW Kateley on 06/19/2013 - 9:11 PM

Thanks Gunter! Good heads up. Personally, I don't see why these kinds of terms should be allowed in contests here.


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/19/2013 - 9:17 PM


Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 06/19/2013 - 9:28 PM


You know, I'm not sure, but technically participants submit to FAA and not to him, would be interesting to know how that would be handled, legally.


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