The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Fiscal Roadmap Project Presents
“The Voices of America”
Fiscal Video Contest
1. Contest Description. The “’Voices of America’ Fiscal Video Contest” (the “Contest”) encourages participants to submit a video telling the budget experts in Washington, D.C. how America’s fiscal crisis is affecting them and how our leaders in Washington should fix it. The Contest is open to any person who meets the eligibility criteria set forth below and submits an entry in accordance with these Official Rules (each such person, an “Entrant”). The Contest is intended to yield an award of $1,000 each and other recognition (see below) for the best two videos. In addition, the top 10 videos (including the best 2) will be posted on the contest website of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (www.crfb.org/voices-america-video-contest).
2. The Sponsor. This Contest is sponsored by the Fiscal Roadmap Project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), with its principal address at 1899 L Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036 (the “Sponsor”).
3. Entry Deadlines. The entry period for the Contest commences at or around 12:01 a.m. EST on January 19, 2011, and continues through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 21, 2011 (the “Contest Entry Period”).
4. Entrant Eligibility. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the Contest. Void wherever restricted or prohibited by law. Open to legal residents of the United States ages 13 years and older at time of entry. Any Entrant who is a minor in his or her jurisdiction of primary residence must obtain the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian to participate. Directors, officers, and employees of the Sponsor, or of any affiliated organization, and the members of the immediate families of each, are not eligible to participate or win a prize. By participating in the Contest, each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final in all matters relating to the Contest.
5. How to Enter the Contest. Each Entrant must be a registered user of YouTube. (A YouTube account can be set up at http://www.youtube.com/.) To submit your video for the contest, visit www.crfb.org/voices-america-video-contest (the “Contest Website”), click “Upload Your Story,” completely fill out all required data fields on the registration form, read the Official Rules at www.crfb.org/official-rules, and upload a video as instructed on the screen. (Each, a “Submission,” and each complete registration together with a Submission is considered an “Entry”).
6. Submissions. Entrants are limited to submitting one video per person. Each video submission must be 1- 2 minutes in length. The video should focus on the entrant’s everyday life experiences with America’s budget crisis and his or her ideas on how to solve it. Entrants should address all 3 of the following questions:
- How is the fiscal crisis affecting you personally and how do you think it will affect you over the next few years?
- How would you fix America’s budget problems over the next 5 years?
- What would happen in the future if our leaders do not fix our budget problems?
7. Rights to Submissions.
(a) Each Entrant hereby represents and warrants that: (i) the Entrant’s Submissions are free from any lien or claim by anyone, including but not limited to any union, guild, or performance-rights society; (ii) Entrant has obtained all rights, permissions, and licenses necessary for the Sponsor to use Entrant’s Submissions for any purpose; and (iii) that no Submission by Entrant or any part thereof infringes any trademark, copyright, or other intellectual-property right, or otherwise violates anyone’s right of privacy or publicity. Each Entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and its directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims, suits, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that arise from any breach of the preceding representations and warranties. Each Entrant shall obtain or execute and deliver, upon request of the Sponsor, any documentation or releases necessary to prove his or her unrestricted ownership in all materials contained in his or her Submission and his or her right to use such materials without limitation for any purpose and to transfer such rights to the Sponsor.
(b) Each Entrant agrees, subject only to the licenses granted under YouTube’s Terms of Service, that: (i) Entrant’s Submissions and all rights thereto become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned; (ii) Entrant’s Submissions may be used by the Sponsor in whole or in part for any purpose whatsoever without any compensation; and (iii) the transfer to the Sponsor of all rights in the Submissions includes a grant to the Sponsor of the exclusive, irrevocable right and license to exhibit, broadcast, copy, reproduce, encode, compress, encrypt, incorporate data into, edit, broadcast, rebroadcast, transmit, record, publicly perform, create derivative works of, distribute and synchronize in timed relation to visual elements, and otherwise use the materials contained in Entrant’s Submissions and/or any portions or excerpts thereof, in any manner, an unlimited number of times, in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity. Each Entrant shall confirm, upon request of the Sponsor, the preceding covenants in writing.
(c) Each Entrant also acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor is under no obligation to use any Submission by Entrant or any materials contained in any such Submission for any purpose at any time.
8. Eligible Entries. Each Entry that includes a Submission that meets the requirements of these Official Rules is referred to herein as an “Eligible Entry.” Additional Entries that include derivative or different versions of the same Submission are not Eligible Entries. In making such determinations, the decisions of the Sponsor are final.
9. Disclaimers and Waiver.
(a) The Sponsor is not responsible for any failure, problem, or technical malfunction of any telephone or other network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, email, or web browser on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including without limitation injury or damage to any Entrant or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or uploading materials for the Contest. And the Sponsor hereby disclaims all express and implied warranties with respect to the Contest and the Contest Website.
(b) The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for incomplete, incorrect, or inaccurate information about or connected to a Submission or Entry, whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any human error that may occur in the processing of Submissions to the Contest.
(c) If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including problems with any computer system caused by any computer virus, bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest or for any reason the Sponsor deems it necessary, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, delay, or suspend the Contest.
(d) Each Entrant hereby agrees to the preceding disclaimers and waives, releases, and covenants not to sue the Sponsor and its directors, officers, employees, and agents for any claims, suits, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that arise from any of the causes or conditions described in this Section 10.
10. Judges and Judging Criteria. A panel of judges comprising members of the Sponsor’s staff will review the Eligible Entries received for the Contest and select the Winners based on the following criteria:
- Does the video present a thoughtful plan to fix our budget problems?
- How well does the video show the links between people’s everyday lives and our country’s budget problems?
- How creative is the video?
11. Prizes. The judges will select the top 10 videos. Of the ten, two will be awarded the prizes for having the best videos: each of the two winners will receive $1,000; their videos will be shown at a March event featuring top budget experts put on by CRFB in Washington D.C.; and their videos will be shown on the CRFB website at www.crfb.org. The 10 videos (including the top 2) will be posted on the CRFB contest website at http://crfb.org/voices-america-video-contest.
12. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion: (i) not to award any prizes if no Entries are deemed to be effective; (ii) to substitute for any prize a prize of comparable value for any reason that it deems necessary; and (iii) to delay the announcement of any of the Winners. In the event of a dispute over who submitted a winning entry, the owner of the email account listed in the winning Entry will be declared the Winner.
13. Contacting the Winners. The Winners will be notified by email on or around 12:00 noon EST on Monday, March 7, 2011. The Sponsor will make a maximum of three attempts to contact the Winners. If any Winner is unreachable during the 48-hour period in which the Sponsor attempts to make contact, or if he or she does not comply with these Official Rules, an alternate Winner may be selected from all remaining Eligible Entries received.
14. Winners’ Documentation and Duties. Each Winner (or the parent or legal guardian of any Winner who is a minor in his or her jurisdiction of primary residence) may be required to sign:
(i) an affidavit of eligibility and liability release releasing the Sponsor and its directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action for personal injury or damage, theft, loss, or any other harm suffered in connection with the Contest;
(ii) except where prohibited by law, a promotional release granting the right to use his or her name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation;
(iii) any relevant tax documentation; and
(iv) at the Sponsor’s request, any additional legal documentation to confirm the Sponsor’s rights in and to the Winner’s winning Submission.
Entry into the Contest constitutes each Entrant’s agreement to sign such documents. A Winner’s failure to sign and deliver any of such documents when requested may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate Winner. Any violation of these Official Rules by any Winner may result, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, in such Winner’s disqualification as a Winner of the Contest and the termination of all privileges as a Winner.
15. The Sponsor’s Rule Decisions and Discretion. All interpretations of these Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor in all matters related to the Contest are final. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds or believes: (i) to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or the Contest Website; (ii) to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or (iii) to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage the Contest Website or any related web sites or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be pursued to the full extent of the criminal and civil laws, and the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person.
16. Jurisdiction and Governing Law. The District of Columbia courts (state and federal) have sole jurisdiction of any controversies regarding the Contest, and the laws of the District of Columbia govern the Contest. Each Entrant waives any and all objections to jurisdiction and venue in those courts and hereby submits to the jurisdiction of those courts.
17. Requests for Rules or List of Winners. For the name of the Winners and/or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
1899 L Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036
Atten: Fiscal Video Contest
All requests must be received by April 7, 2011. Please note on the front left-hand corner of the outer envelope whether you are requesting “Rules” or the names of the “Winners.” Vermont residents may omit return postage if requesting a set of Official Rules.