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 competitions are rated based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.
By accepting the terms and conditions of a competition, artists should be aware that they are entering a legally binding contract. For more information on competition conditions see our free information sheet here.
We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.
The Silk Cut Award 2013 received 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. Entrants are providing the organisers with a non-exclusive licence to reproduce their work for the promotion of that competition ONLY. This means entrants retain all rights in their work and can licence their copyright to third parties (to get 5 / 5 stars, these licences should be limited to finalists only and need to ensure attribution of the artists!).
Entries for this competition close on 3 June 2013.
Please email us at [email protected] to tell us about any competitions or prizes you think we should check.
See Arts Law's competition star rating system for further information or call Arts Law if you would like to receive best practice advice regarding your competition terms and conditions.
See more about Arts Law's campaign to improve competition terms and conditions in the Prizes and Competitions section.