Read the Terms!

I was about to enter a photo contest promoted by a photographer to whom I admire, with hopes of winning the prize of some nifty FJ Westcott lighting equipment, but I’m glad I didn’t.

The photo I was to enter was of  a little girl I had photographed at a charity event family photo shoot with the  Smiles Are Free organization, but I thought best to read the Terms before I press the upload button. Good thing I did!

Buried in the legal text was this copy:
“(ii) You agree that Content shall be,…a “work made for hire,” …with all rights therein, including without limitation the exclusive copyright, being the property of Sponsor. Otherwise, if your entry or any element thereof is considered not to be a “work made for hire,” …unconditionally and irrevocably transfer to Sponsor all right, title, and interest in the Content (including, without limitation, the copyright) in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, wherever produced or located, including without limitation the right to use, copy, distribute, perform, display and to create derivative works of the Content for advertising, trade, other commercial purposes or any other purpose.”


Nope! No way will I relinquish my copyright of a photo I took, just to enter a contest. I find this deceptive, and feel terrible for all those who blindly uploaded photos of kids, just for a contest.

Shame on the people that do this!

Ivan Boden
I'm a graphic designer and a photographer based in the New Jersey - New York vicinity. Ivan has photographed in theater and performing arts for nearly a decade and currently specializes in commercial, editorial, lifestyle, brand and corporate assignments.

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