Another *Really* Horrible Rights Grabbing Contest – Costco
Beware of the 2009 Costco Photo Contest; it’s especially bad considering how they treat you and your entry. Do they assert that they can do what they want with the winning images? No. Do they assert they can do whatever they want with any of your entries? Kind of. Do they assert that they will now and forever own all intellectual property rights to any image you submit. *** Ding, Ding, Ding! *** (read like: TV Announcer) “That’s Right, Bob. Now tell all our lucky contestants what they’ve won, er… lost.”
Read the terms:
10. Entrant confirms and promises that entry is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party. By participating, entrant agrees that ownership of the entry and all intellectual property rights in the entry is assigned to Costco, and will do all things necessary to give effect to that assignment.. Entrant agrees to sign any further documentation required by Costco to give effect to this clause.
If you enter this contest and don’t win, Costco could potentially sue you for copyright infringement just for posting the picture to your own web site, Facebook, or Flickr page. Note that the terms above don’t say “Shared” copyright. It says they own it, all of it, all by themselves. So that photo you took and entered: Surprise, you don’t own that photo anymore.
Please spread the news: tell your family & friends to avoid this contest. Friends don’t let friends enter bad contests.
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