Salon Song Search Contest Terms and Conditions

Published September 25, 2006 8:32PM (EDT)

Sponsor. Salon Media Group Inc.

Eligibility. Only legal U.S. residents who are 14 years of age or older at the time of entry may participate in the 2006 "Salon Song Search" Contest (this "Contest"). This Contest is void where prohibited by law, or where the registration requirements of any state of local jurisdiction have not been complied with. This Contest is not open to employees of Salon Media Group and affiliates, including immediate families.

To Enter. Only one entry per person or group will be accepted (any subsequent entries will not be considered). To enter, each entrant must visit and complete the following steps:

(1) Read and agree with these official Contest Terms and Conditions. Submission of an entry into this Contest confirms your agreement with these Contest Terms;

(2) Submit an MP3 file to with the subject line "[Name of Song] -- I AGREE" to show that you have read and agreed to all the Contest Terms and Conditions. Please include the artist or group name and track title with the submission, as well as contact info, including daytime telephone number and e-mail.


Music MP3 Submission Requirements. Entrant warrants that it has the ownership rights to any and all music tracks and content submitted to Salon Media Group. All tracks must be original recordings by the artist (i.e., no "cover" songs) and the track must not be sold anywhere on the World Wide Web for the duration of this contest. No unauthorized use of copyrighted property from any other song or composition may be used. Additionally, the artist or artists involved cannot be signed to any major label. The foregoing requirements will be strictly enforced and any submissions that do not comply with all of the same will be disqualified.

Right to Broadcast MP3 Submissions on By submitting an MP3 file to the contest, entrant agrees to grant Salon Media the non-exclusive right to make available entrants name and MP3 music submission on Salons web sites in perpetuity without compensation. Entrant grants to Salon the non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right to digitize its audio recording, and to reproduce, publicly perform, publicly display, and/or distribute the Recordings in digital audio format (in streaming or downloadable form) on a global computer network (known as the Internet) via Salons main web site and co-branded sub-sites. Additionally, entrant agrees that it grants Salon the non-exclusive right to make available entrants MP3 music submission on Salons web sites and partner sites (such as iTunes) in perpetuity. Except where legally prohibited, submission of an entry into this Contest constitutes permission for Salon to use the entrants name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state) and testimonials in printed, broadcast media or new media, for three years, in any manner they deem appropriate in connection with promoting the MP3 submission itself of this contest, without further compensation in connection with this Contest and the prize awarded. The granting of these rights by entrant to Salon ensures that Salon may offer entrant's submission for free download to visitors of Salon's web site.

Contest Submission Deadlines. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 20. Salon is not responsible for any lost, stolen or undelivered entries, or any entries not received within the applicable Contest periods mentioned above. Salon reserves the right a) to suspend or cancel the Contest in its sole discretion if a computer virus, bug or other technical problem corrupts the administration or security of the Contest, and b) to select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to the cancellation date. Salon further reserves the right to modify the Terms of the Contest in any way or at any time as long as there is notice such as e-mail or a posting to our Web site of the changes in the Terms.

Winner Selection. One (1) grand prize winner and two (2) runners-ups will be selected.

Judging Criteria. Salon staffers will select twenty (20) songs from the total number of submissions based on a number of factors: Originality, talent, overall sound, themes, lyrics and musicianship. These twenty (20) songs will be then whittled down to ten (10) by a hand-picked judging panel consisting of music critics and bloggers. These ten (10) songs will then enter into competition. Two songs will compete each week, with the winner being selected by reader votes. The five winning songs from the first round will go into competition and be voted on by readers, with the winning song being the one that receives the most votes.

Prizes. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000, and his or her winning MP3 submission will be named the "Song Search Winner." The two (2) runners-up will receive $1,000 each.

Winner Notification. The winners will be notified by e-mail, phone or first-class mail within five (5) business days of winning.

Miscellaneous. By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of Salon, which are final in all matters relating to this Contest. Prizes are nontransferable. Arrangements for the fulfillment of all prizes will be made by the Sponsors. Receipt of any prize is conditioned upon compliance with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Winners of any prize(s) will be solely responsible for payment of all federal, state and local taxes.

Releases. By participating, entrants agree that Salon and those involved in the development, production (including prize suppliers), implementation and distribution of this promotion and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, service providers, and agencies, and their directors, officers, agents, employees, attorneys, and any other person or entity associated with such entities and/or promotion shall not be liable for any and all claims, damages, losses or injuries, including any third-party claims, arising from or relating to, in whole or in part, this Contest, including entry and participation in this Contest and acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prizes. All entrants further agree that in the event of any third-party claims, damages, losses or injuries, arising from or relating to this Contest, they will indemnify Salon from any and all such claims, including the attorneys' fees related thereto. Salon shall not be responsible for any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer online system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from downloading as part of this Contest. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This Contest shall be governed by California law. By participating in this Contest, entrants agree that California courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Contest and that venue shall be only in San Francisco, Calif. The parties hereby expressly waive trial by jury in any action, proceeding or counterclaim brought by either of the parties against the other on any matters whatsoever arising out of or in any way connected with these Terms and Conditions and agree to submit to binding arbitration.

Official Rules and Winner's List. The Participants' names and submissions may be posted on To receive a copy of the Official Rules, or notification of the winner, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Salon Song Search Contest, c/o Salon Media Group Inc., 101 Spear Street, Suite 203, San Francisco, CA 94105. Specify winner's list or rules on your request.

General Conditions. This Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In the event of non-compliance by the winner with the official rules of this Contest, an alternative winner may be awarded the respective prize. Return of any prize or prize notification as undeliverable will result in a disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. All prizes will be awarded. Winners are solely responsible for all taxes on prizes. All incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the Winner. The following Contest is governed by U.S. law and is to be viewed by U.S. residents. Any questions or further inquiries regarding this contest, please e-mail:


Song Search Submission FAQ

Can the song be from a CD I've self-released?

Yes, as long as it is not also available for download from places like iTunes or CDBaby.

Can the song be available on our band Web site or Myspace page?

Yes, it can. We only ask that it not be for sale anywhere online during the duration of the contest.

Is Salon going to sell my song?

We're only interested in putting it up on Salon's Web sites and offering it to people as a free download. The terms of the contest are designed to let us do this without being open to infringement claims. Because some of Salon's content appears elsewhere via RSS feeds and iTunes, we do ask for the non-exclusive right to rebroadcast. However, our rights are non-exclusive, so you're not giving away your rights to the song.

After the contest is over, may I make my song available for download elsewhere?


Is there a maximum or minimum song length, or preferred or maximum file size or bit rate?

No, though it should be in MP3 format.

Are there any restrictions on lyrics?

Nope, except that they are your own!

As a singer-songwriter who's also in a band, can I submit I song I performed solo and one I performed with the group?

Only one submission per person, please.

By Salon Staff

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