BASIC GUIDELINES

  1. At least 50% of video and audio materials must come from the Prelinger Archives and the Free Music Archive.
  2. Use at least one video from the Prelinger Archives, and at least one track from the portion of Free Music Archive's library that can be used in videos. [More info.]
  3. Time limit: 15 minutes.
  4. Upload to your hosting service of choice (i.e. Vimeo, archive.org) and then submit your video entry via the competition website form. [Here.]
  5. Proper Creative Commons licensing is required. Attribute yourself by name and indicate which non-commercial Creative Commons license you have chosen for your video (you may also use the same Share-Alike license as your source music).
  6. Your submission must also include licensing and attribution (with hyperlinks) for the material you have remixed. You should do this in the video description field at the site where your video is hosted. You can also do this within the credits of the video itself.
  7. All material from outside the FMA / Prelinger must either be original, or used under a CC license, or used with signed permission
Please see below for the Official Rules. Click here for our FAQ.



The Free Music Archive Presents:
In conjunction with Prelinger Archives / "The Past Re-Imagined As The Future"

VIDEO REMIX CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

The Sponsors are offering you the chance to engage in a creative dialogue with the Prelinger Archives (an online repository of Public Domain film acquired by the Library of Congress and available online at http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger). The purpose of this Contest is to spark innovation and creativity, using archived media as inspiration for creation. All submissions will be freely available to the general public for download on the Free Music Archive website (or elsewhere) under the assigned license. All submitted entries must be licensed to the general public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, or an alternative noncommercial license chosen here (you may also use the same Share-Alike license as your source music). The object of the Contest is to showcase the creative possibility of open digital archives and encourage innovation and expansion of the digital commons.

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED AND ON THE SKILL OF THE ENTRANT(S). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR WHERE REGISTRATION OR BONDING REQUIRED. THIS COMPETITION IS SUBJECT TO ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY AND INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED.

These Official Rules ("Rules") govern your participation in the "The Past Re-Imagined As The Future" Video Remix Contest ("Contest"). Participation in the Contest constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Rules; so, it is important that you read and understand them.

1. Sponsors: The Contest is sponsored and run by The Free Music Archive and WFMU, owned and operated by Auricle Communications, a charitable corporation, headquartered at 43 Montgomery St Jersey City, NJ 07303, ph. 1-201-521-1416.

2. Entry Period: You may enter the Contest by completing all steps in accordance with Rule 4 below after 9:00 a.m. ET on September 27, 2012. Sponsors will not accept contest submissions linked after 11:59 p.m. ET on November 11, 2012. (Note: This deadline has been extended to assist those recovering from Hurricane Sandy damages.) Winners will be publicly announced on November 29, 2012 and a public screening of selected submissions will be held at the Anthology Film Archives non-profit theater (http://anthologyfilmarchives.org) on that date.

3. Who is Eligible? The Contest is offered only to natural persons older than 13 years of age as of the date of entry. Employees, independent contractors, officers, and directors of Sponsors, their respective shareholders, agents, representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors ("Sponsors' parties"), and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household of such persons, are not eligible to participate in the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.

4. How to Enter: To enter, you must submit a video that combines pre-cleared music from the FMA and public domain video footage from the Prelinger Archives.

In order for your video to qualify, it must include all or some portion of: at least one (1) video from the Prelinger Archives Collection, AND at least one (1) track from the FMA pages at freemusicarchive.org. Your video may also include music that you create yourself, and/or material that is in the public domain, and/or other material that you have express permission to use and license in accordance with Rule 5. At least fifty percent (50%) of video and audio materials must come from Prelinger Archives and FMA respectively. The video submission must run less than fifteen (15) minutes long. Any submission that does not meet these specifications will be disqualified from the contest at the judges’ discretion.

For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting a contest entry, you acknowledge and agree that the Prelinger Archive videos are licensed for use under the Creative Commons Public Domain license and have been incorporated as such. You further acknowledge that all FMA audio materials used in your submission are licensed to be used in derivative works (and that all rights that are not expressly granted under this license are reserved by the original creator or licensor). Please note, not all of the FMA library is cleared for use in noncommercial online video. Some is either licensed under a "Download-Only" license, or a Creative Commons license with the "NoDerivatives" clause (when it comes to music, a video is considered a 'derivative work').

Please check the license for the music you plan to use, and you can read more at our Help/FAQ and at the Creative Commons website. We curate video-friendly music at our Music For Video portal, and you can also filter your search by music that can be used in a video. Proper CC licensing (including attribution of your sources) is required.

In submitting your entry, you further acknowledge and agree that, consistent with the terms of the Contest and the Creative Commons licenses, you have properly attributed the original artists and creators and you yourself have licensed your contest submission video under a Creative Commons license so that we can share it and screen it at Anthology Film Archives. You can pick a license here, or you may use the same Share-Alike license as your source music. Please indicate which license you've used in the credits to your video and in the video's text description at your hosting site.

IF, IN CREATING YOUR REMIX, YOU USE CONTENT THAT YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ENTER THIS COMPETITION AND YOUR ENTRY WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED BY THE SPONSORS AND NOT CONSIDERED BY THE JUDGES.

In order to submit your remix for consideration, you must: (1) upload your video to a hosting site of your choice (e.g. Vimeo, blip.TV, the Internet Archive or your own website) and (2) Log in to videoremix.freemusicarchive.org and submit the URL of your video, after 9:00 a.m. ET on September 27, 2012 and before 11:59 p.m. ET on November 11, 2012. (Note: This deadline has been extended to assist those recovering from Hurricane Sandy damages.) Your submission will not be considered complete unless the link to your video is embedded on the contest site before the 11:59 p.m. ET, November 11, 2012, deadline.

Entrants must provide an email address, with each submission, to be used for notifying entrants in the event that a prize is to be awarded for the submission. In the video description on the site hosting the video and/or in the video’s credits, entrants must also include their names, a list identifying all source material incorporated in the remix (with hyperlinks), and an acknowledgment that the video be licensed to the general public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, or an alternative non-commercial license chosen here (you may also use the same Share-Alike license as your source music). Entrants are not required to register as a Miro Community user in order to link their submissions to the videomix.freemusicarchive.org site. Entrants are encouraged (but not required) to register for the Free Music Archive.

Any number of persons may enter as a group with regard to an individual submission. Any person or group may enter as many times as desired, but each individual submission is only eligible for one prize. In the event that the same submission wins both the Judges’ Prize and the Popular Vote, Sponsors will comply with the procedure set out in Rule 8.

To be eligible for the prizes (described below in Rule 7), an entrant or group of named entrants, must be the sole author(s) and copyright owner(s) of the submitted remix(es), or must have express permission (via license or otherwise) to use or incorporate those portions of the remix(es) authored or owned by third parties and license the remix(es) in accordance with these Rules. Entrants may not use any materials that infringe the rights of any third party (i.e., materials used without express permission of the copyright owner).

5. Format of Entries: Entries must be in the form of an MPEG-4 H.264 video (.MOV, .M4V, .MP4) or Apple ProRes422 (HQ) format. Sponsors reserve the right to request a high resolution copy of a submission: 1920x1080 (square pixels), 16:9 aspect ration (Note: letterboxing should be applied to all standard-definition (SD) works originally intended for devices with 4:3 aspect ratios, such as CRT monitors), Rec. 709 (HD) color space, and 1500kbps minimum data rate. Entrants must be able to provide such a copy in order to be eligible to win a prize. All eligible entries must be successfully uploaded and linked on the videoremix.freemusicarchive.org site by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 11, 2012, in order to qualify. (Note: This deadline has been extended to assist those recovering from Hurricane Sandy damages.) Entries that are received after this time are not eligible to win.

Sponsors are not responsible for late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible entries. Furthermore, links to submissions must stay live throughout the Judging Window (defined in Rule 8) in order to be eligible to win. Sponsors are not responsible for videos which are taken down by host sites or otherwise compromised during the Judging Window.

6. What others may do with your remix(es): By submitting a video as part of the Contest, you agree to license that video to the rest of the world under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, or an alternative non-commercial license chosen here (you may also use the same Share-Alike license as your source music).

Eligible entries may be made available to the general public for download on the Free Music Archive website (or elsewhere) under the assigned license. Sponsors reserve the right to evaluate each entry's eligibility under the Rules as well as for compliance with the United States Copyright Act and any and all other applicable laws. Entries may be disqualified from the Contest at the discretion of the Sponsors.

By submitting an entry, you are representing and warranting that the content in your entry is authorized to be remixed by you, submitted to the Sponsors, and licensed to the general public under the Creative Commons license assigned.

By submitting your remix, you also agree and acknowledge that you will receive no royalties from Sponsors, other contestants, or members of the general public who use your remix, consistent with the terms of the Creative Commons license.

7. Prizes: Judges (described in Rule 8) will select one (1) Judges’ Prize winning submission, using the criteria outlined in Rule 8. There will also be a Popular Vote winning submission, as described in Rule 8. The two individual winners, or winning groups, as the case may be, will each be awarded an iPad (3rd Generation with Wi-Fi, 16GB), valued at $499, engraved with the Contest name to serve as a trophy in recognition of entrants’ innovative remix and as a tool to advance creativity. In the event that a winning submission was submitted by a group of entrants, each individual entrant will be credited as a creator of the winning submission but for the purposes of prize disbursement, Sponsors will treat the first individual listed as the designated prize collector to accept and share the prize with other individuals in the group.

All prize expenses and/or services not specified herein are not included and are the sole responsibility of the winner(s). No alternative prize, cash equivalent, or other substitution is permitted except by Sponsors, at Sponsors’ sole discretion. All federal, provincial, state and/or local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

8. Judges, Criteria and Notification: The official judging panel for the selection of the Judges’ Prize winner of the Contest shall be comprised of representatives from the Sponsors and/or the Prelinger Archives (collectively, the “Judges”). All qualified entries will be judged at the discretion of the panel, based on a variety of elements, including, but not limited to: originality and creativity (including concepts, ideas, format), use of resources (how the material from FMA and Prelinger was incorporated), and technical proficiency and quality. The object of the Contest is to showcase the creative possibility of open digital archives and encourage innovation and expansion of the digital commons. Adherence to the theme, “The Past Re-imagined as the Future” will not be part of the judging criteria. In the event of a tie, Judges will reapply the same criteria, evaluating the two top-scoring submissions side-by-side. The application of the judging criteria shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of the Judges and/or the Sponsors.

All entry qualification and grading decisions are final. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any entry that is, in Sponsors' sole and absolute discretion, inappropriate, offensive, or demeaning to Sponsors' reputation or goodwill, or contrary to Sponsors' mission or these Rules.

The Popular Vote winner will be determined by public Miro Community users voting for their favorite entries on the website (videoremix.freemusicarchive.org), from 9:00 a.m. ET on November 12, 2012 to 5:00 p.m. ET on November 25, 2012 (the “Judging Window”). To be able to vote, users must register with, and agree to the Terms of Use of, the Miro Community. Users may then vote for each of their favorite video submissions (limited to one vote per video). The qualifying submission that receives the most votes will be the winner of the Popular Vote. In the event of a tie, the Judges will name the winner in accordance with the criteria described above. You may not pay or otherwise compensate others, or engage in or encourage automated voting to vote for your submission, nor may you engage in, assist, or encourage any other type of voting that violates these Rules. Any attempt to do so will result in disqualification of your submission.

In the event that the same submission wins both the Judges’ Prize and the Popular Vote, the Judges’ Prize award will be given to the runner-up so that the two winners are distinct and prizes are disbursed for different contest submissions.

Once the grading of the entries is completed and the Judging Window closes, Sponsors will notify the top winning entries via email (no later than November 27, 2012), using the contact information submitted by the entrants. If a winner fails to respond within three (3) days of the date following Sponsors’ effort to notify that winner, that winner will be disqualified and the entrant with the next highest scoring entry will be selected as an alternate winner and notified according to this procedure. Within three (3) days of the date of the notification, each winner must also sign and return to the Sponsors a Publicity Consent & Liability Release Form as well as any other documentation required by Sponsors, which the Sponsors will provide to the winner at the time of notification. If a winner fails to sign and return a Publicity Consent & Liability Release Form and/or other documentation within three (3) days, the entrant with the next highest scoring submission will be selected as an alternate winner and notified according to this procedure.

9. General Terms and Conditions: By participating, entrants agree that the Sponsors' parties are not responsible or liable for, and are released and held harmless from: (i) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (ii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Sponsors that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (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 any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to suspend or cancel Contest at any time if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Contest. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsors in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of New Jersey or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New Jersey.

10. Winners List/Official Rules: For a copy of these Terms or the name of the Award-winning Participant, send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: WFMU Free Music Archive, Video Remix Contest, PO Box 2011, Jersey City, NJ 07303. Requests received after December 31, 2012 shall not be honored.

11. Privacy: By entering into this Contest you consent to the use of your name as set out in the Free Music Archive Privacy Policy available here regarding use of all material entered and/or submitted for this Contest or otherwise collected by the Free Music Archive site.

12. DMCA Compliance: Sponsors comply 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 United States Copyright Office. If you have a concern regarding the use of copyrighted material on the Free Music Archive site, which is hosted by Auricle Communications, please contact the agent designated to respond to reports alleging copyright infringement. The designated agent for Free Music Archive to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II of the DMCA is:

Jason Sigal
complaints@freemusicarchive.org
43 Montgomery St
Jersey City, NJ 07303
Tel: 1-201-521-1416 x243
Fax: 1-201-521-1286