Update 10/10/2011: the contest terms in question have been updated.
Just over a year ago, I called out the Oregon Arts Commission / Oregon Cultural Trust for asking photographers to work for free. In that case, they were asking for photos for PR use in exchange for website credit (which, as all working artists know, is worth next to nothing in the real world).
Today, I caught wind on Twitter of a new photography contest from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Given last year’s situation, I headed over to the contest rules for their current promotion to see what might lurk within the legalese. I was disappointed (but not surprised) to see the following rights grab:
7. Release: By entering the contest, entrant grants the Cultural Trust and its sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable right to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise incorporate the photo in other works in any and all markets and media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity.
There you go. Photographers can hand over a do-anything-they-ever-want license to photographs simply by entering the contest.
Shouldn’t part of promoting Oregon’s art culture be that artists are compensated for their work? I’ll be sitting this one out, again, and I’ll be actively encouraging other artists who feel their work isn’t worthless to do the same.