Last week I pointed out the carelessness of the Oregon Cultural Trust holding a photography contest including terms that asserted a perpetual worldwide license to any work submitted. After a bit of publicity surrounding the terms of service, I’m pleased to report that the Oregon Cultural Trust has updated the verbiage of the contest terms and the licensing requirements are no longer as onerous.
The relevant portion of the terms now reads:
Winning entrants agree that their work may be exhibited or shown during events sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Trust and its contest sponsors, on the websites of those organizations and in their promotional materials, allowing for the photographer to retain complete control over the licensing and sale of their work. All entrants grant the Oregon Cultural Trust and its sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free right to post entries in promotional messaging associated with the contest on websites and other digital properties during the length of the contest and for up to 6 months following the 2011 Competition winner’s announcement.
This seems a lot more reasonable to me; the winners (who receive compensation in the form of prizes) allow for the work to be used for promotional purposes and all entrants grant a license for use in the contest materials (which makes sense and is required for the contest’s website and other publicity to display any of the work).
In an ideal world the terms would’ve been photographer-friendly from the beginning, but I must applaud the Oregon Cultural Trust for responding to concerns and implementing reasonable licensing terms.