Hank, I like your comparison – do unto others …… (I forget the rest).
Russell, I agree with you and I think it stems from human nature to be optimistic and hopeful. Unless the “photographer/startist” puts down his feet and says no, these organizers will continue with their merry ways.
Nick, thanks for your advice (and I will follow it!) though I wouldn’t consider the Alpha100 organisers small groups. Many in my community are taken in by the chance to be associated with that particular august organization.
By the way, I had a relook at the Alpha100 T&C earlier yesterday. Seems they have amended the T&C for all contestants for the better:
“agree to assign rights of their pictures usage … for their promotional purposes” instead of “agree to assign all intellectual property rights of the pictures submitted.”
“As such, Sony and NGC will have full rights to the pictures usage for any above and below-the-line marketing activities and any other activities.” has been deleted.
However, I notice that they still use the word assign which I take exception to.
As for the T&C for the 3 chosen winners, they’ve added in a time limit of 1 year for their right to use the pics taken by the winners using the Alpha100. They still require the 3 winners to assign all IP rights to them (for the 30 pics they’ll take with the prize cam, I think) – I doubt I’ll be one of the 3 if I enter, but I think it’s fair for the winners to give up their IP rights for the shots taken with the prize.
Hmmm, maybe they’re reacting to the Opodo/Nikon furore.
Once again, thanks to all who have taken the trouble to share their opinions. Really appreciate it, folks.