Fairfax competition warning

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  1. Ross Chambers

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    Thanks for the info/link.

    Dominik
     
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    Does the Murdoch press miss any opportunity to attack the opposition? Not likely. Not news.
     
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    This is most certainly news. The Australian is just reporting the information given by Arts Law.

    The competition PR person says "The point of the competition . . . is to be able to collect these photos and to create an asset, a coffee table book, that we can then on-sell. And we need the copyright to these photos to do that,"
    Whereas the Arts Law person says "They don't need exclusive rights. A non-exclusive licence would be sufficient for their purposes," Ms Ayres said. "They are also asking for certain warranties in relation to the work which you would usually see in a highly commercial agreement."

    Hopefully if this stuff is publicised it will prompt organisers of other competitions to have fairer conditions.
     
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    FWIW, News Ltd has done exactly the same thing twice in the last 5 years or so with Travel & Relationship themes competitions promoted through the Oz's weekend magazine...
     
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    Hello! Are you guys new to this kind of competition?

    This kind of crap has been going on for years - I.E., have a 'Photo' competition where by entering you sign over the rights of the photo to some organisation. I think the big difference between this one and others, is that most of these comps are aimed at happy snappers, where's this one seems to be aimed at higher level entrants.

    I remember one comp where my wife wanted to send in some pics (centro shopping centres I think it was) which had this kind of malarky in the terms.

    Always, I repeat, Always read the terms and conditions of any comp - especially if the organiser is from the corporate side of the fence.
     
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    Arts Law Centre and National Association for the Visual Arts both discourage entering competitions where the artist signs over all and sundry rights.
    The problem is endemic to the print media and has so far resisted changes to the law that forbids copyright reassignment. For the artists involved, it can result in a lost of royalties which are now a common part of the photographic trade landscape, both in electronic and traditional forms.
     
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    Call me mean spirited or paranoid but I NEVER enter competitions nor put my images up on public galleries.
     
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    You're definitely not alone thinking like that, Leigh.
    If pictures should be seen at all, they should be printed, framed and put on the wall, not splashed across the lawless badlands of the internet where anybody can come along and call them "Mine!".
     
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    Leigh, You are mean spirited and paranoid - Now that request has been answered, to the real text

    I feel we should pass this and all info' of similar kind more broadly that APUG/LFPF/RFF

    I have so far passed it on to colleagues on Linked In, on the bloggy bit of my website and to my friends (the few I have left) email list - If any of you lurk the murky depths of FB and Twitter please spread it there as well