Scruples: So what? So everything.Written by David White
Here’s a nice competition, woo, you get to win a camera. I could do with one of those.
It’s got a catchy title: Science: So what? So everything.
Could be good. It’s backed by the government, that staunch defender of our rights (Eh?Ed) It’s getting interesting.
They’ve got a pretty website. They even have a sweet write up:
“Can your story inspire a nation to embrace science?
To enter the competition and have the chance of winning our fantastic prize, submit your photograph representing life-changing science, along with your personal story of what science has done for you” etc..to infinity or thereabouts.
Ok, ok, where do I enter? Well, I’m not, and nor should you, because the greedy fools running the comp want this:
“By entering, all entrants licence News International, the Department for Innovation, Business and Skills, and their authorised representatives, a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to publish and use each entry (including all images and text submitted by the entrant as part of the entry process) in any and all media (including, without limitation, print and online) in perpetuity.”
Blinkin’ dirty digger’s managed to tunnel his way in there you note. Slippery as a greased mole.
“Frank” has replied, inadequately:
Apologies it’s taken me a while to response, but I’ve finally spoken to our lawyers here at SSW central to get to the bottom of this.
By entering, the photographer grants a non-excludive licence i.e. they still hold the copyright to any image submitted in the competition, and can use the image as they please.
With the T&C we are trying to ensure that on entering, people are aware that their images COULD be published in the Sun (who are supporting the competition) and on our website. We are also trying to avoid using entries that have existing copyright restrictions, or that might change during the course of the competition (which is why that scary word ‘perpetuity’ is in there).
Obviously, SSW and the Sun are unlikely to use the images other than for this competition, and my understanding is that the ‘world wide’ and ‘any and all media’ part is simply umbrella terms to make sure we’re not breaching the licence grantd by the photographer if the images appear on our website or the Sun’s media.
If you have any more concerns then please add them here or drop me a line via the website and I’ll do my best to help!