[eDebate] IDEA announces Public Service Announcement Contest

Noel Selegzi nselegzi
Wed Aug 9 17:36:28 CDT 2006

The People Speak Public Service Announcement Contest 
In conjunction with this year's The People Speak, IDEA is launching a
public service announcement contest.  Do you think you can create a
short video that would educate the public about this year's The People
Speak's theme: Working Together with the World: What's in it for the
United States?  The video should address one or more of the three TPS
topics areas:
* Peace, Security & Human Rights
* Energy & Global Climate Change
* Millennium Development Goals
If you do, submit it!



Commercial spots can be informational, funny, sad, personal, musical;
clips of home movies, pastiche of footage--whatever else you prefer. It
can be shot or taped in any format, such as digital video, film, etc.,
so long as the final version of the spot is broadcast quality and
conforms to the below submissions format. 

A few things to keep in mind: 

Purpose. Commercials should communicate to a general public audience and
be suitable for submission to major network and cable television

Language. Commercials should be in English-language or if in another
language, subtitled. An English-language script (printout) must
accompany your submission. The final version may be modified and
broadcast in English. 

Profanity or Nudity. Submissions that include profanity or nudity will
be automatically disqualified. 

Partisan Politics. As a United States charitable organization exempt
from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue
Code, IDEA cannot participate in or support or facilitate any partisan
political activities. For that reason, submissions must not directly or
indirectly refer to any politicians, candidates (including, but not
limited to, President Bush) or political parties. Any submission that
does so will be automatically disqualified. 

Submissions & Format: 

You can submit your commercial spot to IDEA. All commercials must be
received by 5 PM Eastern Standard Time on November 30th, 2006. All final
spots should be NTSC or PAL and should be submitted to IDEA in one of
the following formats:

CD-Rom (AVI or QuickTime)

Please retain a copy of your spot, as submitted material will not be

Please send your submission along with your completed and signed
submission form and completed and signed Talent Release(s) to: 

The People Speak PSA Contest
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

Judging Criteria: 

Finalists will be selected by members of the The People Speak selection
committee. Judges will then evaluate finalists on the following criteria
to determine a winner: 

Overall Impact: educational, persuasive, informational (weighted 40%); 
Originality: concepts/ideas/format (weighted 20%); 
Memorable Content and Delivery (weighted 20%); and, 
Clear Message (weighted 20%) 

Who can participate: Anyone over 15 years old 

Length: A commercial spot must be no longer than sixty (60) seconds. 

Respect for Existing Copyright: 

You must be the original author of everything in your commercial spot,
including music, or have written permission to use all material. 

Consent from Actors in Your Commercial spot: 

You must include an
IDEA Talent Release for each actor or other person who appears in your
commercial spot. The release must be signed by the actor(s) or other
person(s) appearing in your spot. Also, any actors under 18 must include
their parent's or guardian's name and signature on the release form. The
release form must name or describe the actor's role, so that IDEA is
able to correlate each release form with each person on-screen, if



Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to
and acceptance of these Official Rules. The People Speak Contest is
managed and run by the International Debate Education Association, Inc.
(IDEA), a nonprofit organization, headquartered at 400 West.59th Street,
New York, NY 10019. 

(1) Eligibility: 

Contest is offered only to natural persons older than 15 years of age as
of the date of entry, and who must never have been charged with a felony
or misdemeanor other than minor traffic violations. Employees,
independent contractors, officers, and directors of IDEA, its
affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment
agencies, legal advisors and judges and the immediate family members,
domestic partners and persons living in the same household of such
persons, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. This Contest is
void where prohibited by law. 

(2) How to Enter: 

PSA Contest Submission Form 

Create your own "The People Speak" commercial spot and submit it to
IDEA. Entries may be any form of moving image, including but not limited
to, video, film, animation, text and audio. The final version submitted
to IDEA must be NTSC or PAL and submitted in the following formats: VHS,
DVD, or CD-Rom (AVI or QuickTime) formats. Duration of entry cannot
exceed 60 seconds. Both audio/visual and visual only entries are
permitted. Only one entry is permitted per entrant. To be eligible for
entry in the Contest, complete entries, together with a fully completed
and signed Submission Form, must be received by IDEA by 5:00 p.m. Easter
Standard Time, November 30, 2006. Late or incomplete entries are not
eligible. IDEA encourages you to use a trackable method of mail, such as
Express Mail, FedEx, UPS Air, etc. 

Entrant must be the sole author and copyright owner of the entry, or
entrant must have written permission to use or incorporate any and all
entry portions authored or owned by third parties. Materials that
infringe on the rights of any party may not be used. Entrants must abide
by all applicable laws. The entry must include IDEA's Talent Release for
each actor or other person who appears in your commercial spot. The
release(s) must be signed by the actor(s) or person(s) appearing in the
spot. All actors under 18 years of age must include their parent or
guardian's name and signature on the release form. 

IDEA is not responsible for late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected,
incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries. Incomplete or
illegible entries are not eligible. 

All entrants must grant to IDEA an irrevocable, royalty-free,
nonexclusive, and sub-licensable license throughout the world in
perpetuity to copy, reproduce, display, or distribute the entry, and to
make derivative works based upon the entry or a substantial portion of
the entry, without attribution or prior permission in any and all media,
whether now or hereafter known. 

(3) Prize: 

IDEA intends to air the winning entry. Entrants acknowledge and agree
that no failure to air such commercial spot or furnish said videotape
shall be a breach or be the basis of any liability whatsoever on the
part of the Released Parties, as that term is defined below. The grand
prize will be awarded to the makers of one commercial spot and up to 10
semi-finalists prizes will be awarded. The prize for the finalist will
be $500 and the prize for the semi-finalists will be $250. Monetary
prizes are taxable to the extent required by law. IDEA reserves the
right to award no monetary prizes. 

(4) Winner: 

A panel of celebrity judges will select a winner from the finalists
based on the following criteria: 

Overall Impact: educational, persuasive, informational (weighted 40%); 

Originality: concepts/ideas/format (weighted 20%); 

Memorable Content and Delivery (weighted 20%); and, 

Clear Message (weighted 20%) 

The judges' decisions are final. Selections of winner(s) shall be made
based on the foregoing criteria and/or other criteria that may be
subjective. IDEA reserves the right to disqualify and remove from the
web site any entry which is, in IDEA's or the judging panel's sole
discretion, inappropriate, offensive, defamatory, or demeaning to IDEA's
reputation or goodwill or otherwise not in strict compliance with the
Contest Rules. IDEA reserves the right of the judges to select multiple
winners or no winner. IDEA also reserves the right to select the judges.
Winner will be notified by e-mail, express mail and/or phone on or about
December 15th and shall be required to complete an affidavit or
declaration of eligibility, a liability release and, except where
prohibited, a publicity release and such other documents as may be
required by IDEA from time to time to evidence, maintain, protect,
enforce and/or defend its rights with respect to this Contest
(including, without limitation, its right in its sole and exclusive
discretion to air and use the winning entry). Upon IDEA's request, all
entrants agree to sign any additional releases or authorizations that
IDEA in its sole and exclusive discretion deems necessary or desirable. 

Required documents must be signed and received within seven (7) days of
the date printed on the prize notification. Failure to comply with or
return of any prize notification as undeliverable may result in
forfeiture of prize and selection of another entrant as the winner. A
parent or guardian of a winner not of the age of majority in
jurisdiction(s) of residence will be required to ratify and sign
required documents. IDEA is not responsible for and shall not be liable
for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners.
Participating in the contest constitutes permission (except where
prohibited by law) to use name, name of jurisdiction(s) of residence
voice, likeness, or any comparable means of identification for
promotional purposes in perpetuity in any and all media, whether now or
hereafter known, without further compensation. No entries will be
returned. Entrants acknowledge that all materials, including written
materials and audio-visual materials submitted to IDEA, may be used by
IDEA in any manner and in any media, whether now or hereafter known.
IDEA is not responsible for lost or stolen materials. 

IDEA intends to post the name of the winner on its web site
www.idebate.org and www.thepeoplespeak.org after November 30, 2006. 

(5) General Terms and Conditions: 

By participating, entrants agree that the Released Parties (as defined
below) are not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held
harmless from: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program,
network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties,
acts of nature, or force majeure of any kind; (ii) any condition caused
by events beyond the control of IDEA that may cause the Contest to be
disrupted, corrupted, or terminated; (iii) any printing or typographical
errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (iv) any and all
losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection
with or resulting from participation in the Contest or acceptance of the
prize, including, without limitation, claims based on publicity rights,
defamation, or invasion of privacy. IDEA reserves the right, in its sole
and exclusive discretion, to suspend or cancel the Contest at any time.
All dates and deadlines are subject to change at any time at IDEA's sole
and exclusive discretion. All issues and questions concerning the
construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these
Official Rules, or concerning the rights and obligations of any
participant and IDEA in connection with the Contest, shall be governed
by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York,
United States of America, without giving effect to any choice of law or
conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of New York or
any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of
any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. The state and federal
courts located in the Borough of Manhattan, City of New York shall have
exclusive jurisdiction over any and all disputes arising out of or from
or under the Contest, the Official Rules, the Guidelines, or any entry.
Under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain an award
for, and all entrants hereby waive any and all rights to claim,
punitive, incidental, and consequential damages. 

"Released Parties" means: (a) IDEA, its advertising, promotion and
fulfillment agencies, broadcasters and distributors of the entrant's ad;
(b) the parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries of the foregoing; (c) the
shareholders, officers, directors, employees, independent contractors,
agents, representatives and legal advisors of any of the foregoing
entities listed in clause (a) or (b); and (d) the selection committee
and judges of the Contest. 


IDEA complies 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 US Copyright Office.
If you have a concern regarding the use of copyrighted material on any
site on the IDEA.org network, please contact the agent designated to
respond to reports alleging copyright infringement. The designated agent
for IDEA to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II
of the DMCA is Office of the General Counsel, Open Society Institute,
400 West 59th Street, New York, New York 10019. 

The DMCA specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing
(either electronic mail or paper letter) and must include the following:

A physical or electronic signature of the copyright holder or a person
authorized to act on his or her behalf; A description of the copyrighted
work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works
at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a
representative list of such works at that site; A description of the
material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of
infringing activity, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the
service provider to locate the material; 

Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to
contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an
electronic mail address; 

A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material
in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner,
its agent, or the law; and A statement that the information in the
notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are
authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is
allegedly infringed.
Noel S. Selegzi
International Debate Education Association
Open Society Institute 
400 West 59th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Ph: (212) 547-6938
Fx: (212) 548-4610
To Join IDEA: www.idebate.org/join <http://www.idebate.org/joinTo> 
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