microSong Challenge: Official Rules
All submitted entries must be licensed to the general public under a Creative Commons CC-0 No Rights Reserved license.
These Official Rules ("Rules") govern your participation in the microSong Challenge ("Challenge"). Participation in the Challenge constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Rules; so, it is important that you read and understand them.
1. Sponsors: The Challenge is sponsored and run by the Free Music Archive and WFMU, owned and operated by Auricle Communications, a charitable corporation, headquartered at 43 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07303, ph. 1-201-521-1416.
2. Entry Period: The Challenge's audio elements will go online at 1:00 p.m. ET on Monday, January 26, 2015. You may enter the Challenge by uploading recording(s) of your song(s) and a completed microSong Challenge Entry Form for each recording after 1:00 p.m. on January 26, 2015. The entry period will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015.
3. Who is Eligible? The Challenge is offered only to natural persons older than thirteen (13) years of age as of the date of entry. Employees, independent contractors, officers, and directors of Sponsors, their respective shareholders, agents, representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors ("Sponsors' parties"), and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household of such persons, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Void where prohibited by law.
4. How to Enter: To enter, you must upload a recording of a song and a completed microSong Challenge Entry Form for each recording that you upload using the submission tool found at https://freemusicarchive.org/music/microSong_Challenge. As set forth in the microSong Entry Form, entrants must provide names, email address(es), the title of the submitted song, a list identifying all source material incorporated in the song, and an acknowledgment of all entrants' agreement to these Rules and confirmation that their contributions are licensed under a Creative Commons CC-0 No Rights Reserved license. Entrants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to register at the Free Music Archive and to include their Free Music Archive user names on the microSong Challenge Entry Form.
Songs shall be original compositions and shall be comprised of music that you create yourself. Songs may NOT include copyrightable elements of any other copyrighted work.
IF, IN CREATING YOUR SONG, YOU USE CONTENT THAT YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ENTER THIS COMPETITION AND YOUR ENTRY WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED BY THE SPONSORS AND NOT CONSIDERED BY THE JUDGES.
Submit your song by uploading it at https://freemusicarchive.org/music/microSong_Challenge after 1:00 p.m. ET on Monday, January 26, 2015 and before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015, along with a completed microSong Challenge Entry Form for each track you submit.
Any number of persons may enter with regard to an individual recording. However, each individual entrant MUST BE SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIED on the microSong Entry Form in order to be eligible for a prize. Any person or group may enter as many times as desired, but each individual or group entrant is only eligible for one prize.
To be eligible for the prizes (described below in Rule 7), an entrant or group of named entrants, must be the sole author(s), performer(s), and copyright owner(s) of the submitted recording(s) and song(s). Entrants may not use any materials that infringe the rights of any third party (i.e., copyrighted materials).
5. Format of Entries: Entries must be in the form of an audio recording and in MP3 format, stereo bitrate 192kbps or higher (256kbps preferred). All eligible entries must be fifteen seconds (0:15) or shorter in length. All eligible entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, February 20, 2015. Entries that are received after 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, February 20, 2015 are not eligible. Sponsors are not responsible for late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries. Incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries are not eligible.
6. What others may do with your song(s): By submitting a track as part of the Challenge, you agree to license that track to the rest of the world under a Creative Commons CC-0 No Rights Reserved license.
Eligible entries may be made available to the general public for download on the Free Music Archive website (or elsewhere) under the Creative Commons CC-0 No Rights Reserved license. Sponsors reserve the right to evaluate each entry's eligibility under the Rules as well as for compliance with the United States Copyright Act and any and all other applicable laws. Entries may be disqualified from the Challenge at the discretion of the Sponsors.
By submitting an entry, you are representing and warranting that the content in your entry is authorized to be used by you, submitted to the Sponsor, and licensed to the general public under a Creative Commons CC-0 No Rights Reserved license.
By submitting an entry, you also agree and acknowledge that you will receive no royalties from Sponsors, other Challenge entrants, or members of the general public who use your song, consistent with the terms of the Creative Commons CC-0 No Rights Reserved license. You also acknowledge that it is usually not "reasonable to the medium or means … utilize[ed]" for attribution to be given in cases of public performance.
7. Prizes: Judges (described in Rule 8) will select three (3) ranked (first, second and third place) Award winners using the criteria outlined in Rule 8.
The first prize winner will receive a 3-D printer. The second and third prize winners will receive packages from Sponsors and Creative Commons.
microSong compilations will also be offered by Sponsors to parties who might want to use the microSong collection, including but not limited to video apps such as Instagram, Vine, Frameblast, etc; video producers; film schools and other educational institutions; college radio stations; and music journalists and publications. The promotional compilations will be accompanied by a letter explaining the nature of the microSong Challenge, and encouraging the recepient to use the compilation under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-0 No Rights Reserved license.
All prize expenses and/or services not specified herein are not included and are the sole responsibility of the winner(s). No alternative prize, cash equivalent, or other substitution is permitted except by Sponsors, at Sponsors' sole discretion, in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are nontransferable. All federal, provincial, state and/or local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
8. Judges, Criteria and Notification: The official judging panel for the selection of the Curator's Award winner of the Challenge shall be comprised of representatives from the Sponsors (collectively, the "Judges"). All qualified entries will be judged based on a variety of elements, including, but not limited to, originality, creativity, artistic merit, duration of the song, and general appeal. The application of the judging criteria shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of the Judges and/or the Sponsors.
All grading and voting decisions are final. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any entry that is, in Sponsors' sole and absolute discretion, inappropriate, offensive, or demeaning to Sponsors' reputation or goodwill, or contrary to Sponsors' mission or these Rules.
Once the evaluation of and voting on the entries has been completed, the Sponsors will notify the top winning entries per category via email and/or telephone using the contact information submitted by the entrants in the microSong Entry Form. If a winner fails to respond within fourteen (14) days of the date following Sponsors' effort to notify that winner, that winner will be disqualified and the entrant with the next highest scoring track in the same Award category will be selected as an alternate winner and notified according to this procedure.
Within twenty-one (21) days of the date of the notification, each winner must sign and return to the Sponsors a Publicity Consent & Liability Release Form as well as any other documentation required by Sponsors, which the Sponsors will provide to the winner shortly after notification. If a winner fails to sign and return a Publicity Consent & Liability Release Form and/or other documentation within twenty-one (21) days, the entrant with the next highest scoring track will be selected as an alternate winner and notified according to this procedure.
9. General Terms and Conditions: By participating, entrants agree that the Sponsors' parties are not responsible or liable for, and are released and held harmless from: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (ii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Sponsors that may cause the Challenge to be disrupted or corrupted; (iii) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Challenge; (iv) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the Challenge or acceptance of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to suspend or cancel Challenge at any time if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Challenge. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsors in connection with the Challenge, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of New Jersey or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New Jersey.
10. Winners List/Official Rules: For a copy of these Terms or the name of the Award-winning Participant, send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: WFMU Free Music Archive, microSong Challenge, PO Box 2011, Jersey City, NJ 07303. Requests received after January 30, 2015, shall not be honored.
12. DMCA Compliance: Sponsors comply with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In compliance with the DMCA, a Designated Agent has been established with proper documentation sent to the United States Copyright Office. If you have a concern regarding the use of copyrighted material on the Free Music Archive site, which is hosted by Auricle Communications, please contact the agent designated to respond to reports alleging copyright infringement. The designated agent for Free Music Archive to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II of the DMCA is:
43 Montgomery St
Jersey City, NJ 07303
Tel: 1-201-521-1416 x243