OFFICIAL RULES / Terms & Conditions – 2019~2020 Period
September 1, 2019
Participant must be a legal resident of and present in the United States of America who is 18 years of age or older when submitting an entry. Participant must meet and agree to these rules and project terms and conditions.
2019~2020 Round 1 commences at 12:00:01 AM Pacific time on September 1, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Pacific time on November 30, 2019. 2019~2020 Round 2 commences at 12:00:01 AM Pacific time on December 1, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Pacific time on February 29, 2019. Submissions received after a deadline will automatically be entered into the next round and subject to these rules (with entry period dates extended by six months) or under updated rules in place for that round.
Copyright is unchanged by submission to operator and remains with the holder. However, the participant must have authority to enter the work with all rights granted therein and to be recognized within the category submitted. Should an entry be made without necessary rights, it will be ineligible for consideration. The operator is not liable for any copyright or other legal infringement by the entry or participant. Submission of an entry indicates participant has all needed legal rights to submit material and grants operator all necessary rights to review, share, comment upon, publicize, and link to submitted material. Any violation of creative, intellectual property, artistic, privacy, publication, or copyright stemming from use of submitted material for purposes of the Zedman Award is the responsibility of participant.
Entries may not violate the law nor promote illegal activities or entities. Operator reserves the right to refuse acceptance of material that it determines to be in defamatory, abusive, demeaning, or not in keeping with the content standards of the Zedman Awards. Participant agrees to accept as final the operator’s decisions regarding entries.
Submission can be made online. Entries must meet the guidelines and requirements as stated at the time of entry via the application process. The categories list is extensive and criteria flexible and inclusive and the most current information is available at the time of submission. Generally, a video should be eight minutes long or less, understandable by an English-speaking viewer, and available for review online. Videos that don’t meet these requirements may still be considered if operator, at its sole discretion, determines its merit warrants. Entries must be accompanied by the required participant information.
Each entry is judged on its own merits and not in comparison to other entries. Entries will be judged based on the category in which they are submitted. For example, a video submitted for consideration in the Comedy/Humor category will be evaluated for the effective use of wit in the material. Entries are evaluated by a judging committee chosen by the operator. The decision of the committee as determined by the operator is final.
Judging may start during the submission period and continue for up to eight weeks after the round ends with all decisions reached no later than January 31, 2020 for Round 1 and April 30, 2020 for Round 2. Award recipients will be notified via e-mail or phone no later than two weeks after the close of judging.
Official acknowledgement by the operator will be given for each video achieving medal status. This distinction is considered delivered upon communication to the recipient. No other award is given. However, the award recipient may have the opportunity to purchase a trophy or other forms of tangible and intangible recognition.
Recipients of recognition by the operator will be notified by either e-mail, phone, or mail based on the information provided at the time of entry.
Release / Limitations of Liability
Participant agrees to release and hold harmless the operator, its parent, subsidiaries, associates, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Zedman Award or receipt or use of any recognition, including, but not limited to unauthorized human intervention, technical errors, publication errors, late or undelivered communication, errors in administration, or injury/damage to people or property. Participant waives the right to claim any attorney fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
Privacy & Publicity
This project is subject to all federal, California, and local laws, and is void where prohibited. Participant agrees that the operator, its parents, subsidiaries, associates, affiliates (and related companies), officers, directors, and employees, shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting directly or indirectly from participant participating in project or from acceptance or use of recognition. Operator reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any entrant and reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the website, or who is otherwise in violation of the rules. The operator further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or modify the project if it is not capable of completion as planned, or for any other reason, including, but not limited to, infection by computer malware, tampering, unauthorized intervention, or technical failures of any sort. In no event will the operator be responsible for any damages or losses arising out of access to and use of the website or content.
The operator is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected entries, nor is it responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information utilized in the challenge. Receipt of entries cannot be confirmed.
All decisions and/or actions by the operator shall be exercised in its sole and absolute discretion.
Law & Jurisdiction
The project shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard for choice of laws or conflicts of laws principles. Any and all disputes or claims arising out of or connected in any way with the project will be resolved individually and exclusively by final and binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) and conducted before a sole arbitrator pursuant to the Code of Procedure established by the AAA. The arbitration shall be held in Los Angeles County, California. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of these rules. There shall be no authority for any claims to be arbitrated on a class or representative basis; arbitration can decide only the participant’s and/or the operator’s individual claims and the arbitrator may not consolidate or join the claims of other persons or parties who may be similarly situated; provided, however, that if this sentence is declared invalid or unenforceable, either in whole or in part, the remaining sentences shall remain in full force and effect. The arbitrator shall not have the power to award special, consequential, incidental, exemplary, punitive, or other similar damages against the operator or its parent, subsidiaries, associates, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents. If any part of this arbitration provision is deemed to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the balance of this arbitration provision shall remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein, except that any such invalid or illegal provision shall be enforced to the greatest extent permitted by law. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the operator may seek to obtain injunctive relief against a participant for the breach or threatened breach of the rules, without posting bond, in addition to any other remedies in law or equity, which may be available to the operator, in any of the federal or state courts located in Los Angeles County, California. Participant consents to jurisdiction and venue in the federal or state courts located in Los Angeles County, California, for the purposes set forth above.
The Zedman Award is sponsored by the Society for Creative Professionals (“Operator”), 12439 Magnolia Blvd., #607, Valley Village, CA 91607.
An award list will be available upon request once final decisions are made and can be received upon request by e-mail to AdminZA@ZedmanAward.com. Requests must be received by two weeks of the end of judging.