Official rules

The official rules for the "Year of the Dog" Video Dog contest.

Published April 25, 2007 7:00PM (EDT)


Eligibility. The 2007 "Year of the Dog"/Video Dog contest (the "Contest") is open only to residents of the 50 United States of America or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. The Contest is void where prohibited by law, or where the registration requirements of any state or local jurisdiction have not been complied with. The Contest is not open to employees (or their immediate family members) of Salon Media Group Inc. ("Salon") or its affiliates.

To Enter. Only one entry per person or group will be accepted (any subsequent entries will not be considered). The entry must be your original creation, and must not already be in wide circulation (that is, not previously posted on or any comparable publicly accessible Website providing user-generated content from multiple users). To enter, you must visit and complete the following steps:

1) read and agree to be bound by these Official Rules, which is a legal agreement between you and Salon. Submission of an entry into this Contest confirms your agreement to be bound by all the terms of these Official Rules.; and

2) Submit your original dog video ("Video Submission") by e-mail to with the subject line "Video Dog Contest -- I AGREE" to show that you have read and agree to be bound by all of the terms of these Official Rules. The Video Submission should be no larger than 50 MB in size (and should be a MPEG-4 format, if possible). Please include your name and contact information, including daytime telephone number and e-mail. Please review our Privacy Policy at to see how we use and protect your personal information. All entry information and materials, including your Video Submission, become the property of Salon and will not be returned.

Assignment of Video Submission; Other Permissions. By submitting a Video Submission to the Contest, you irrevocably assign all right, title and interest, including without limitation the copyright, in and to the Video Submission to Salon. If for any reason the assignment contained herein is ineffective, you hereby irrevocably grant to Salon a non-exclusive, fully paid, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license, including the unlimited right to sublicense, to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit and distribute the Video Submission in any medium now known or later developed. You also waive any right to inspect and approve any use of the Video Submission. Salon has no obligation whatsoever to use the Video Submission. You represent and warrant that: (a) you own all rights in your Video Submission (including, without limitation, all rights to the audio, video, or digital recording, and the performance contained in your Video Submissions) or, alternatively, you have acquired all necessary rights in your Video Submission to enable you to grant to Salon the rights in your Video Submission described herein; (b) you have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and any other financial obligations, of any kind, arising from any use of your Video Submission; (c) you are the individual pictured and/or heard in your Video Submission, or, alternatively, you have obtained permission from each person (including consent from parents or guardians for any individual under the age of eighteen) who appears and/or is heard in your Video Submission to grant the rights to Salon described herein; (d) you will provide all documentation of such rights and permissions to Salon upon request; (e) your Video Submission does not infringe the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or any other legal or moral rights of any third party; and (f) your Video Submission is not libelous, obscene or otherwise unlawful. You also irrevocably grant Salon permission to use your name, username, image, likeness and biographical information (as provided by you), if any, to attribute the Video Submission to you and to advertise and promote the Video Submission, Salon and any products or services related thereto, without further compensation of any kind to you. You also hereby release Salon and its affiliates and their officers and employees from all claims, liabilities and obligations of any kind or nature whatsoever in connection with any use of the Video Submission.

Contest Entry Deadline. The Contest begins on April 25, 2007, and ends on May 9, 2007 (the "End Date"). All submissions must be received by the End Date. Submissions not in compliance with these Official Rules are disqualified.

Winner Selection; Judging Criteria. Salon staffers will select one (1) grand prize winner, one (1) second place winner and one (1) third place winner from among all eligible Video Submissions received based on the following criteria: originality of the video (50 percent); quality of the video (25 percent); and fit with the purpose of Video Dog (25 percent). The Judging Criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of Salon and the individual judges. By entering the Contest, you acknowledge that creative, artistic and commercial evaluations of videos may differ from person to person and agree to be bound by and not challenge the final decisions of Salon and the individual judges.

Prizes. The grand prize winner will receive a round-trip flight and two-night hotel stay (Loews Santa Monica Hotel) for two people and pet (which must be taken by the end of June 2007, and must be booked 30 days in advance), a Spa Day at LA Dogworks, a session with a pet psychic at The Club Beverly Hills, and a gift certificate from GeorgeSF (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value: $2,000 to $3,000); second place wins a gift basket from Fill-R-Up, and a $100 gift certificate from (Second Place Prize Approximate Retail Value: $170); and third place wins a $25 gift certificate from and a "Year of the Dog" prize package (leash, frisbee, and dog treat) (Third Place Prize Approximate Retail Value: $50). Gift certificate subject to standard terms and conditions. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash, substituted or transferred.

Winner Notification. Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone within five (5) business days of Salon selecting the winners. If unable to make contact with a winner within five (5) business days after Salon first attempts to notify the winner, or if a winner fails to claim the prize within five (5) business days after Salon first attempts to notify the winner, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Winners must sign formal assignment documents regarding the winning Video Submission before the prize will be awarded. If a winner fails to sign the formal assignment documents, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. All prizes will be awarded.

Miscellaneous. By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound by all of the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Salon and the individual judges, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Prizes are nontransferable. Arrangements for the fulfillment of all prizes will be made by Salon. Receipt of any prize is conditioned upon compliance with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. WINNERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR CALCULATING AND PAYING ANY AND ALL FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL TAXES RELATED TO OR ARISING OUT OF ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRIZE; SALON IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES. All incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the winner.

Releases. By participating, you 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 shall not be liable for any claims, damages, losses or injuries, including any third-party claims, arising from or relating to, in whole or in part, the Contest, including entry and participation in the Contest and acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prizes, including, without limitation, personal injury or property damage, of any nature whatsoever. You further agree that in the event of any third-party claims, damages, losses or injuries, arising from or relating to the Contest, you 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 your or any other person's computer related to or resulting from downloading as part of the Contest. Any person who makes any misrepresentation in connection with a submission to or participation in the Contest, or attempts to defraud or in any way tamper with the Contest, will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The Contest shall be governed by California law. By participating in the Contest, you agree that California courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to the Contest and that venue shall be only in San Francisco, California. 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 Official Rules and agree to submit to binding arbitration.

Official Rules; Winner's List. To receive a copy of these Official Rules, or notification of the winner (after the conclusion of the Contest), send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Salon Video Dog "Year of the Dog" Contest, c/o Salon Media Group Inc., 101 Spear Street, Suite 203, San Francisco, CA 94105. Specify winner's list or Official Rules on your request.

General Conditions. Salon further reserves the right to modify these Official Rules 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. Any questions or further inquiries regarding the Contest, please e-mail:

Sponsor. The sponsor of the Contest is Salon Media Group Inc., 101 Spear Street, Suite 203, San Francisco, CA 94105

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