Terms & Conditions

Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge
Terms and Conditions

To participate in the Challenge, you must read these Terms and Conditions in their entirety.

Your Acceptance

(1) By participating in the Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge (“the Challenge”),  you signify your agreement to (1) these terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”), (2) Google’s Privacy Policy, found at http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ and incorporated herein by reference,  (3) YouTube’s Community Guidelines, found at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines and (4) YouTube’s Terms of Service, found at http://www.youtube.com/static?gl=US&template=terms. If you do not agree with these Terms and Conditions, the Google Privacy Policy, YouTube’s Community Guidelines, or YouTube’s Terms of Service, please do not participate in this challenge.

(2) Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to these Terms and Conditions, you should periodically review the most up-to-date version, which can be found on the Challenge website, located at www.engage2012.org. The Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise these Terms and Conditions at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.

(3) Throughout these Terms and Conditions, the terms “we” and “Challenge Administrators” mean, collectively, the Challenge and its agents, insurers, employees, volunteers, officials, sponsors, partners, local associations, and affiliates.

Third-Party Agreement

(1) The Challenge may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by the Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge. The Challenge has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. In addition, the Challenge will not and cannot censor or edit the content of any third-party site. By participating in the Challenge, you expressly relieve the Challenge from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website.

(2) Accordingly, we encourage you to be aware when you leave the Challenge and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of each other website that you visit.

YouTube Accounts

(1) In order to participate in the Challenge, you will have to create a YouTube account. You may never use another’s account without permission. When creating your account, you must provide accurate and complete information. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account, and you must keep your account password secure. You must notify YouTube immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.

Your Content

(1) You will retain all of your ownership rights to your Challenge video submission (“the Content”). However, by submitting Content to the Challenge, you hereby grant the Challenge Administrators permission to use your Content in a number of different ways that the we may determine in our sole discretion, including but not limited to, publicly displaying it, reformatting it, incorporating it into marketing materials, advertisements and other works, creating derivative works from it, promoting it, distributing it, and allowing other users to do the same in connection with their own websites, media platforms, and applications. By submitting Content to the Challenge, you grant the Challenge Administrators  a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid, sublicensable and transferable license to use, copy, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, perform, and otherwise fully exploit your Content in any media formats and through any media channels (including, without limitation, third party websites and feeds). You agree that if you are selected to have your Content displayed as a winner or honorable mention, we have the right to use your name, likeness, and the content of your Challenge Content in any promotion or marketing related to the Challenge, without compensation to yourself or anyone who contributed to the Content.

(2) You further agree that Content you submit to the Challenge will not contain third party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant the Challenge Administrators all of the license rights granted herein.

(3) You further agree that you will not submit to the Challenge any Content or other material that is contrary to the Rules and Eligibility Guidelines, currently found at http://www.engage2012.org/rules-eligibility/which may be updated from time to time, or contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations.

(4) The Challenge does not endorse any Content submitted to the Challenge by any user or other licensor, or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and the Challenge Administrators expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with Content. We do not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights within the Content.

Warranty Disclaimer

YOU AGREE THAT YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE CHALLENGE ADMINISTRATORS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE AND YOUR PARTICIPATION THEREOF. THE CHALLENGE MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THIS SITE’S CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY SITES LINKED TO THIS SITE AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO OUR WEBSITE AND PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR SERVICES, (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR SERVICES BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (V) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE CHALLENGE. THE CHALLENGE DOES NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE SERVICES OR ANY HYPERLINKED SERVICES OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND THE CHALLENGE WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. AS WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE.

Limitation of Liability

(1) IN NO EVENT SHALL THE CHALLENGE ADMINISTRATORS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE AND PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM OUR SERVICES, (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE, WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR SERVICES BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (V) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE CHALLENGE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE ORGANIZATION IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.
YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE CHALLENGE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR CONTENT OR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.

(2) You understand that participation in the Challenge involves certain risks that could result in injury or other unintended consequences. You are fully aware of and voluntarily accept and assume all the risks connected with your participation in the Challenge, whether or not foreseeable and whether or not caused by the negligent or intentional acts or omissions of other. You agree to be solely responsible for your while you are working on your Challenge Content.

(3) You understand that, although the Challenge has made every reasonable effort to assure your safety while participating in the Challenge, there are unavoidable risks, and you hereby release and promise not to sue the Challenge Administrators for any damages or injury (including death) caused by, deriving from, or associated with your participation in the Challenge or as authorized by these Terms and Conditions, except for such claims, damages or losses may be caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the Challenge Administrators.

(4) The Challenge is controlled and administered in the United States of America. The challenge makes no representations that it is open to participants in other locations. Content submitted by participants living in countries and territories that do not fall under United States jurisdiction at the time of or throughout the duration of the Challenge are disqualified from the Challenge under this contract.

Indemnity

To the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Challenge Administrators, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your participation in the Challenge; (ii) your violation of any term of these Terms and Conditions; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that your Content caused damage to a third party. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive these Terms and Conditions and participation in the Challenge.

Awards

(1) Entrants in the K-5 and 6-8 grade categories who submit winning entries will each receive a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements.  They will receive this award no later than March 31, 2013.

(2) Students in the 9 – 12 grade category who submit winning entries will each receive a copy of Adobe Production Premium. Each winner will receive a certificate recognizing the student as a winner of the Engage in Democracy 2012 Student Journalism Challenge. They will receive this award no later than March 31, 2013.

(3) Student Ambassadors who recruit the most participants from their school or community will receive a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements. They will receive this award no later than March 31, 2013.

(4) The Administrators are not obligated to provide any awards and have sole discretion over identifying winners and possible award values.

Ability to Accept Terms of Service

You affirm that you are either 18 years of age or older, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms and Conditions, and to abide by and comply with these Terms and Conditions.

Rules and Eligibility – Entrants

To participate in this challenge, entrants must fulfill the following requirements:

(1) Entrants must be living in the United States or its territories upon entering school in fall of 2012, and through March 31, 2013. Exceptions to this rule include K-12 students who are children of U.S. military personnel who are living overseas.

(2) Entrants must be enrolled in a K-12 educational institution within the United States or its territories. Exceptions to this rule include K-12 students who are children of U.S. military personnel who are living overseas.

(3) Entrants must accurately represent their grade level upon entering school in fall 2012 while participating in the Challenge.

(4) Entrants must accurately represent their grade category, as listed below, upon entering school in fall 2012 while participating in this Challenge. For the purposes of this agreement, grade categories include: (a) Kindergarten through 5th Grade, (b) 6th through 8th grade, and (c) 9th through 12th grade.

(5) Entrants must accurately represent their region of residence while participating in the Challenge. For the purposes of this agreement, regions include: (a) Southwest, representing the states of: Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Texas ,(b) Northwest, representing the states of: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Guam, (c) Midwest, representing the states of: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, (d) Southeast, representing the states of: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, U.S. virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, (e) Northeast, representing the states of: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

(6) Each individual entrant may submit Content to the Challenge no more than three times.

(7) No more than 3 entrants may submit Content as a group.

(8) A group of entrants may submit Content to the Challenge no more than three times. However, in no instance may a single individual entrant be named on more than 3 submission forms.

(9) Content must be the entrants own work, and not the work of an adult who is no longer enrolled in a K-12 educational institution or K-12 learning program.

(10) Each individual entrant within a group must be from the same grade category. No entrants from distinct grade categories may submit Content as a group.

(11) Each individual entrant within a group must be from the same region. No entrants from distinct regions may submit Content as a group.

(12) Entrants who use recording, editing, and exporting software when creating Content are bound by these product’s terms of service.

(13) Entrants may be asked to participate in media or promotional events, including award ceremonies, media interviews, and publicity events related to the Challenge.

(14) Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain a signed parental agreement form from a parent or legal guardian.

(15) Entrants must obtain signed release forms from all those who appear prominently within the Content, and from all those from whom they borrowed or used materials that appeared within the Content.

(16) Entrants may be asked to travel to a location yet to be decided on or about March 31, 2013 for an awards ceremony, and shall make their best effort to comply. Standard travel expenses, including airfare, lodging, and ground transportation, may be covered by the Challenge.

(17) Entrants acknowledge and represent that they have read the Terms and Conditions in their entirety, understand them and agree to be bound by them; and that no oral representations, statements, or inducements not contained in these Terms and Conditions have been made to me by any of the Challenge Administrators.

Failure to fulfill any of these requirements will result in automatic disqualification from the Challenge and forfeiture of any recognition or award.

Rules and Eligibility – Submitted Content

To participate in this challenge, Content must fulfill the following requirements:

(1) In addition to the requirements listed below, Content must abide by (1) YouTube’s Community Guidelines, found at http://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines and (2) and Youtube’s Terms of Service, found at http://www.youtube.com/static?gl=US&template=terms.

(2) Content must pertain to one of the six topics listed below.

1. Jobs & The Economy
2. Energy & The Environment
3. Voter Turnout
4. Immigration
5. Education Reform
6. Health Care

(3) Content may not contain any of the following:

1. Pornography or sexually explicit content.
2. Animal abuse.
3. Drug abuse.
4. Under-age drinking and smoking.
5. Bomb-making.
6. Illegal activity of any kind.
7. Graphic or gratuitous violence.
8. Any copyrighted material entrants do not have written permission to use.
9. Hate speech, which for the purposes of this legal document is defined as speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
10. Predatory behavior, including stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Terms and Conditions of the Challenge, Google’s Privacy Policy, YouTube’s Terms of Service, or YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
11. Misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnail images.

(4) Content must be a maximum of two minutes in length.

(5) All music, photos, audio, video, software, or similar materials used in Content must be legally obtained.

(6) Content must contain a Creative Commons license for CC BY. This license allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. Entrants can add this free license to their videos when they upload them through YouTube.

(7) Content must be uploaded to YouTube before it can be submitted to the Challenge.

(8) Content must be submitted to the Challenge on or after September 7, 2012, and no later than January 19, 2013 at 11:59 pm.

Failure to fulfill any of these requirements will result in the Content’s automatic disqualification from the Challenge and forfeiture of any recognition or award.