Maryland Photography Alliance Contest Copyright Terms

This document explains how to protect your rights as the submitter (“You” or “Your”) for the images (“Images”) You submit and get the best use and maximum exposure of Your Images for You and the Maryland Photography Alliance (“We” or “Us”).

By submitting Your Images, You are granting a limited license to the Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) to use the Images and give You proper attribution, as described herein. If We wish to use the Images for other purposes, We will request permission from You at that time.

By submitting Your attached Images and text to the Contest Website, You acknowledge that these Copyright Terms apply to Your submission and Our use of the Images. You retain all rights, title, and interest in the Images, and any rights not granted herein are reserved to You.

We may now, or in the future, permit You to post, upload, transmit through, or otherwise make available on the Contest Website (collectively, submit) Images and text. Subject to the rights and license You grant herein, You retain all rights, title and interest in Your Images. We do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to Images even if they are not published on the MPA Website or in other places identified herein. It is solely Your responsibility to monitor and protect any intellectual property rights that You may have in Your Images, and We do not accept any responsibility for the same.

You shall not submit any Images protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, or other intellectual property or proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the respective right. You are solely liable for any damage resulting from Your failure to obtain such permission or from any other harm resulting from Images that You submit. You are responsible for obtaining model releases when necessary.

You will not submit any Image that: 

Violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, including, but not limited to, any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, or other intellectual property or proprietary right of any person or entity.

Impersonates another or is unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane, pornographic, or otherwise objectionable.

Encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law.

Is an advertisement for goods or services or a solicitation of funds.

Includes personal information such as messages which identify phone numbers, social security numbers, account numbers, addresses, or employer references.

Contains a formula, instruction, or advice that could cause harm or injury.

Is a chain letter of any kind.

Moreover, any conduct by a user that, in our sole discretion, restricts or inhibits any other user from using or enjoying the MPA Website will not be permitted.

By submitting Images to Us, simultaneous with such posting, You automatically grant, or warrant that the owner has expressly granted to Us a limited, royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-revocable, worldwide right to copy, edit, adapt, distribute, perform, display, or use, the Images, including any derivative works or translations created from the Images, in whole or in part, as We, in our sole discretion, deem appropriate, for use in the Contest, the MPA Website, and promotion related to the Contest, the MPA Website or the MPA organization.

By submitting Images, You also grant Us the right, but not the obligation to use Your name, without limitation, in connection with broadcast, print, online, or other use or publication of Your Images. Notwithstanding the foregoing, You waive any and all claims You may now or later have in any jurisdiction to so-called "moral rights" or rights of "droit moral" with respect to the Images.

We have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor Images. We have the right, in our sole discretion, and for any reason whatsoever, to edit, refuse to post, remove, or disable access to any Images.

You represent that You are at least 18 years old, or that You and Your parent or legal guardian hereby agree, that You have the right to grant Us all the rights granted herein and that the Images are Your original work and are not owned by or exclusively licensed to any other person or entity. You also represent that the Images, the creation of the Images, and the use of the Images do not violate any law or regulation and do not infringe the rights of any person or entity, including, but not limited to, any copyright or trademark rights and/or rights of privacy or publicity. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless MPA, the MPA Website host, the Sponsors, affiliates and licensees, from any loss, claim, damage or expense arising from the use of the Images or Your breach of this Agreement, including the above representations.

You understand and agree that You will not have any right of approval over the use of the Images pursuant to this Agreement and You will not receive any additional compensation as a result of any use of the Images or the rights granted pursuant to this agreement beyond the Gallery Show opportunities which may arise, publicity and exposure You and Your Images will receive. You also understand and agree that nothing in this agreement obligates Us to use the Images. This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Us and You with respect to the subject matter of the agreement and supersedes all previous and contemporaneous agreements, proposals and communications, written or oral. This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to conflicts of law principles.

We reserve the right to alter these Terms of Service at any time. If the alterations constitute a material change to the Terms of Service, We will notify You. What constitutes a "material change" will be determined at Our sole discretion, in good faith and using common sense and reasonable judgment.

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