AEI’s 2012 Video Contest rules and regulations

AEI's 2012 Video Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Open only to legal U.S. residents, 13 or over. Contest is offered only in the United States and District of Columbia. Contest is void in all other jurisdictions and where prohibited by law. Contest is void in Puerto Rico.

Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1150 Seventeenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20036

PERSONS WHO ARE MINORS (GENERALLY, UNDER THE AGE OF 18) SHOULD GET THE PERMISSION OF THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN PRIOR TO ENTERING THE CONTEST.

BY PARTICIPATING, YOU (IF A MINOR, YOUR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN) AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND ALL DECISIONS OF SPONSOR, WHICH ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL RESPECTS.

1. Contest Period:

Contest begins June 18, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time (ET) and ends September 4, 2012, at 11:59 a.m. ET. But, if Sponsor receives less than 15 eligible entries, Sponsor reserves the right to extend the Contest by sixty (60) days, to November 4, 2012, at 11:59 a.m. ET, by posting notice of such action on the Website (as defined below). Sponsor’s computer will be the official clock for all purposes of the Contest.

2. How to Enter:

A. Go to www.aei.org/2012videocontest (“Website”). Download the Contest entry form from the Website and complete it with all required information, including your full name, e-mail address, date of birth, and title of your video. If a minor, the name and e-mail address of your parent or legal guardian should be included on entry form as well. Also, be sure to check the box on the Contest entry form that you have read and agree to the Official Rules of the Contest. YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IF THIS BOX IS NOT CHECKED.

B. Follow instructions on how to upload your ORIGINAL video setting forth the moral case for the free enterprise system. AEI is looking for creative videos under two minutes that illustrate the moral case for free enterprise. This moral argument can take many forms, but it should touch on at least one of these three major themes:

1. Free enterprise promotes earned success.

2. Free enterprise promotes real fairness, in which rewards are tied to merit.

3. Free enterprise lifts up the poor and vulnerable.

3. Entry Restrictions:

A. Limit of one (1) entry per person. A single person must be the entrant submitting a video. (Joint/group entries are prohibited.)

B. Video cannot exceed two (2) minutes in length. Video can be no larger than 200 MB and must be in one of the following file formats: QuickTime (.mov) or mpeg-4 (.mp4). Preferred resolution is 720P 1280x720 with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Submission must also comply with other procedural details as set forth on Website, which are made a part of these Official Rules and incorporated herein by reference.

C. Video cannot be modified, supplemented or edited by entrant once submitted to the Contest.

D. Video must comply with the following content requirements:

(i) Must NOT violate the trademark, copyright, intellectual property rights, rights of publicity or privacy or other rights of any third party (if someone other than yourself appears in your video or assisted in the creation of your video, you must secure such person’s written consent before submitting the video as a Contest entry and if that person is a minor, the written consent of his/her parent or legal guardian is required)**;

(ii) Must NOT be inappropriate, offensive or unfit for publication (for example, video cannot include hate speech, nudity or profanity);

(iii) Must NOT include any drug use, alcohol use or illegal conduct;

(iv) Must NOT advocate any theme other than the Contest theme as articulated in Rule 2B above.

(v) Must be entirely in the English language.

**Written proof of obtaining such third-party consent must be provided by entrant upon Sponsor’s request. If entrant fails to provide such proof upon request or if Sponsor determines that such proof is inadequate, entrant may be disqualified from the Contest.

4. Posting of videos:

A. Sponsor may post entrants’ videos. Sponsor’s decision to post (or, conversely not to post) a given video has no bearing whatsoever as to the selection of prize winners in the Contest. See Rule 6 for the winner selection procedure. For the avoidance of doubt, Sponsor’s objective in posting videos is to promote the Contest and encourage dialogue about the moral case for free enterprise.

B. Relative to Sponsor possibly posting a video on Website, entrants (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) agree that:

(i) The video as posted may differ from what was submitted by entrant due to technological, programming or other limitations/malfunctions/errors or like causes;

(ii) Videos may be posted by Sponsor in any order, pattern or sequence, which may or may not be rotated by Sponsor in its sole discretion;

(iii) POSTED VIDEOS REPRESENT SOLELY THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER. SPONSOR IS ACTING AS A PASSIVE CONDUIT FOR THE POSTING OF VIDEOS AND DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR SCREENING, MONITORING OR REVIEWING VIDEOS PRIOR TO POSTING SAME. SPONSOR WILL NOT EDIT VIDEOS PRIOR TO POSTING THEM ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE CONTEST.

5. Grant of Rights in Video:

Entrant (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) grants to Sponsor and its designees the exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicenseable right and license to use, perform, exhibit, display, reproduce, and/or otherwise exploit entrant’s video in any manner and in any and all distribution channels, venues, or media now known or hereafter devised, without further notice or any compensation to entrant (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian). Entrant (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) waives any “Moral Right of Authors” (Droit Moral) in the video. Entrant (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further agrees, upon Sponsor’s request and without compensation, to sign any and all necessary and appropriate documents so as to effect, perfect, or record such license rights. Without in any way limiting the foregoing, entrant’s (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian’s) grant of rights includes (a) his/her agreement not to use, perform, exhibit, display, reproduce, and/or otherwise exploit his/her video prior to, during, or after submission of the video to the Contest and (b) his/her acknowledgment that Sponsor may sublicense or assign its rights to his/her video to a third party without prior notice or approval of entrant (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian). Should Sponsor decide to proceed with such a sublicense or assignment, Sponsor may but is in no way obligated to offer consideration of Sponsor’s sole choosing to entrant in conjunction with such sublicense/assignment.

6. Judging/Determination of Prize Winners:

A. Initial Judging: After the contest submission deadline, a preliminary judging panel comprised of Sponsor’s experts and/or staff will evaluate all eligible videos based on the following criteria: persuasiveness and clarity of argument in support of the moral case for the free enterprise system (40%); creativity and originality of video concept (35%); quality of technical and artistic production (25%). Up to ten (10) videos with the highest scores will advance to the final judging round; but Sponsor shall have no liability if fewer than ten (10) videos advance to the final judging round. In the event of a tie for the highest-scoring videos, all such tied videos will advance. Entrants whose videos advance to the final judging round will not be notified, nor will they receive any prize in conjunction with advancing.

B. Final Judging: A final judging panel will evaluate the (advancing) top-scoring videos using the criteria set forth in Rule 6A above, Scores received by videos in the initial judging round will not affect the judging in the final round; the initial judging round will only be used to determine the videos that advance to the final judging round. The entrant with the highest-scoring video will win the 1st Place Prize; the entrant with the second-highest-scoring video will win the 2nd Place Prize; the entrant with the third-highest-scoring video will win the 3rd Place Prize. The entrants who submitted the remaining, non-winning videos in the final judging round will not receive any prize. (The awarding of all prizes being subject to verification; see Rule 8 for prizes). In the event of a tie, the entrant whose video (among the tied videos) had the higher/highest score in “persuasiveness and clarity of argument in support of the moral case for the free enterprise system” will be deemed the potential prize winner.

The winner will be determined on or about September 27, 2012.

7. Winner Notification:

Potential prize winners (if potential prize winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) will be notified by e-mail, mail or phone (exact method(s) of notification being at Sponsor’s sole discretion). Potential prize winner (if potential prize winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) must complete, sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release (where lawful), and other documents that Sponsor may require (which may include proof of written consents from third parties included in or associated with potentially winning video, entrant’s (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian’s) confirmation of the grant of rights in video and/or proof of ownership rights in video such that video’s content or the video itself does not violate the rights of any third party) within five (5) business days of notification. In the event of noncompliance with this requirement or if the potential prize winner (if potential prize winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) cannot be contacted, is ineligible or is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, he/she may be disqualified and an alternate potential prize winner selected. The alternate potential prize winner will be the entrant with the next highest-scoring video in the final-round judging.

8. Prizes:

Prize Level Prize Amount
1st Place $40,000
2nd Place $7,500
3rd Place $2,500

Prizes will be awarded as a check. If won by a minor, prize may be awarded in the name of or to the minor’s parent or legal guardian, in the sole discretion of Sponsor. Any unspecified expenses in conjunction with acceptance and use of prize are winner’s sole responsibility. All taxes on the prize are winner’s sole responsibility and winner will be issued a 1099 IRS Tax Form in conjunction with his/her receipt of prize. Prizes cannot be transferred and no prize substitutions are allowed.

9. Releases:

By participating in the Contest, entrant (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) (a) releases and agrees to hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, associated entities and the directors, officers, agents, representatives, employees, successors and assigns of any of the above organizations, Mr. Arthur Brooks personally, and Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter from any and all liability associated (directly or indirectly, in whole or in part) with entrant’s participation in the Contest, entrant’s participation in any Contest-related activity and receipt, acceptance, possession or use/misuse of any prize; and (b) where permitted by law, grants Sponsor and its designees the right to print, publish, broadcast and use the entrant’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without compensation or notice. Without limiting the foregoing, prize winner (if potential prize winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) agrees that prize winner will participate in interviews and publicity events at Sponsor’s request, without compensation other than the prize itself.

10. Conditions of Participation/Limitations of Liability:

A. Employees, interns, officers, and directors, as well as persons who were employees, interns, officers and directors as of six (6) months prior to the beginning of the Contest (and their immediate families) of Sponsor, its affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries and associated entities, as well as any individual directly involved with the printing/publication/distribution/marketing of Arthur Brooks’s “The Road To Freedom” or the administration or conduct of this Contest (including but not limited to Contest judges) are NOT eligible for the Contest. “Immediate families” means parents, siblings, children and their respective spouses, whether living in the same household or not.

B. Arthur Brooks grants entrants a limited right to use the content of “The Road To Freedom” solely for purposes of participation in this Contest. Entrants’ exercise of such right will at all times inure to the benefit of Mr. Brooks and will automatically expire upon termination of the Contest. At all times, Arthur Brooks retains the copyright and all ownership rights in “The Road To Freedom” and nothing herein is intended to function as a transfer of such rights.

C. ANY ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY SUCH PERSON FROM THE CONTEST (IF APPLICABLE) AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

D. No responsibility is assumed by Sponsor for lost, late, incomplete, irregular, damaged, garbled, corrupted, misdirected or illegible entries or videos. Sponsor further assumes no responsibility for (a) any computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability or garbled, jumbled, corrupted or inaccessible transmissions, service provider/Internet/web site/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion or unauthorized human intervention; or (b) any incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate information, whether caused by web site users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; or (c) any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to any web site. Sponsor is also not responsible for injury or damage to entrants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading/uploading materials from/to any web site.

E. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such provision.

11. Force Majeure:

If the Contest (or any part thereof) is not capable of running as planned due to circumstances beyond Sponsor’s control (computer virus, tampering, fraud, natural cataclysm, riot, strike), Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and conduct the Contest and select the prize winners in a manner which is fair, equitable and in accordance with these Official Rules, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Notice of such action by Sponsor will be posted on Website.

12. Disputes/Choice of Law:

To the fullest extent permitted by law, entrants (if entrant is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) agree that (a) any action relating to the Contest must be brought individually (not as part of a class action) in the courts of the District of Columbia and consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts and waive any right of change of venue; and (b) an entrant’s recovery in such action shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to participate in the Contest, with all other damages, relief and remedies being expressly waived. In adjudicating any such action, the court shall apply the laws of the District of Columbia without giving effect to its conflict of law/choice of law rules or those of any other jurisdiction.

13. Winners' List:

For names of winners (available after September 27, 2012), send an e-mail with AEI VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS in the subject line to [email protected] Requests must be received by September 20, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter. In participating in the Contest, you are providing your information to Sponsor, not to Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.

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