Sunday, January 16, 2011
I am not a fan of using a faux contest to invite submission to a publisher at the best of times. But First One Digital Publishing really takes the cake when it comes to taking more and giving less. They have attracted a lot of well-deserved bad publicity for their contest:
2) Crazy rights grab: "By submitting an entry, all entrants grant Sponsor the absolute and unconditional right and authority to copy, edit, publish, promote, broadcast, or otherwise use, in whole or in part, their entries, in perpetuity, in any manner without further permission, notice or compensation. Entries that contain copyrighted material must include a release from the copyright holder."
So, essentially entrants are being screwed and being asked to pay for privilege. Wow.
I particularly liked:
"Originally Posted by FirstOnePublishingPresumably they didn't want to be left out.
There are many people in the marketplace ripping people off, which is why we decided to do the contest in the first place."