Earlier today I saw a friend tweet a nice photo along with the #ExpediaFindYours hashtag. I replied to ask what that was about and he pointed me to a travel photography contest being run by Expedia.
Before you get all excited about entering, note section 7 of the contest rules:
By participating, you: (a) irrevocably grant Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your photo as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor’s use of your photo, or require any further permission for Sponsor to use the photo; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the photo, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the photo, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.
Simply by entering the contest, regardless of whether or not you win any prizes, you’re giving Expedia and the other sponsors a full license to use your photos for any purpose, anywhere, forever, and you’ll receive zero compensation.