"all photos entered become property of the contest sponsor"

Started Jun 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
Rdefen
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Re: "all photos entered become property of the contest sponsor"
In reply to William Faulkner, Jun 17, 2012

Sounds like a very successful and low cost method to starting a stock image business.....using other peoples images.

It would have been just as simple to have used this wording:

Any photo entered maybe used by the Contest Sponsor to promote and advertise the contest.

If you want to retain ownership of your images runaway from this scam.

"Any photo entered maybe used by the Contest Sponsor to promote and advertise the contest.

What good is a stock business if you own images but can't license any of the images you own ?

And they are in a stronger position with your language then their language.

With their language (assuming there are no state law peculiarities they missed because transfer of ownership of the physical objects is a state law question) they probably get the photos. They need to rely on arguing an implied license if they want to use the photos to "promote and advertise" the contest.

With your language they are granted a non-exclusive license to use the photos to "promote and advertise" the contest.

Where I think you are tripped up is you think their language is getting them the copyright. That language alone doesn't satisfy the statutory requirements for a transfer of copyright ownership.

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