Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch advocating fair and transparent contractual terms for competitions and prizes and is highly critical of terms which unnecessarily deprive artists of rights in their own work. Arts Law often contacts competition organisers urging them to amend their terms and conditions to be fairer to entrants, especially where copyright and moral rights are affected.
The Iris Award received 3 / 5 stars. All entrants retain copyright. The licences requested by the competitions allow for limited uses of the relevant entries by the competition organisers, but with no limit to the duration of the licence. Best practice would be to limit the duration of the licence and ensure the protection of artists' moral rights. The deadline is the 27th June 2013.
See Arts Law's competition star rating system for further information.