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Petfinder Funniest Cat Contest Rules

 

PETFINDER FUNNIEST CAT CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY AND SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES LAW.  DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST UNLESS YOU ARE ELIGIBLE AND LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

 

The Petfinder Funniest Cat Contest (the “Contest”) starts at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on April 22, 2012 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on May 21, 2013 (the “Contest Period”).

 

ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is offered and open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.   Employees of Discovery Communications, Inc., (“Discovery”) its subsidiary companies, affiliates, service providers, advertising and promotional agencies, and the independent judging organization, and the immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses or “step” of each) and household members of such employees are not eligible. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply to participation in the Contest. Void outside of the U.S.A. and where prohibited by law. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Contest Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

HOW TO ENTER: Enter by submitting an original photo or video of your cat and a short description of what makes your cat the funniest cat around. To submit your photo or video, visit https://www.petfinder.com/cats/funniestcatcontest-iamacatparent (“Website”) during the Contest Period, complete the online entry form and then upload your photo or video. You must complete all required fields on the entry form and then click “Submit.” The photo or video, description and completed entry form are referred to as an “Entry”.  Photos or Videos MUST be in a compatible file format (.jpg, .tif, .mov, .mpg, .flv, .wmv, .ppt, etc) and conform to file size restrictions. Files that do not meet these terms will not be posted for voting. Multiple entries may be submitted per household during the Contest Period however duplicate or incomplete entries will not be removed automatically or by request.

All Entries (including photo and caption) must comply with the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS specified below.  Any Entry that does not comply with the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS will not be eligible for entry into the Contest.

 

All entries must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on May 21, 2013 to be eligible for consideration.  No correspondence about entries will be entered into, nor will entries be acknowledged or returned.  If all required information is not included, entry will be disqualified.  Sponsor will not acknowledge why an entry has been disqualified.  Sponsor is not responsible for late or incomplete entries.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Do not include any branded products, trademarks or logos in the photo, video or description, other than trademarks or logos owned by Discovery or participating partners.  Entries which contain a trademark or logo or promote any brand or product other than Discovery may be disqualified at the Sponsor’s sole discretion; however, Sponsor may choose not to disqualify an Entry which includes a trademark or logo if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that the inclusion of such trademark or logo is incidental.  Entrant may be asked to sign an affidavit stating that Entrant was not paid a fee, either monetary or in-kind, to promote an included trademark, logo or branded product.   Photos and videos must be the original work of the entrant; may not have won previous awards and may not have been published previously. Any identifiable individuals in a photo or videos or persons who are identified in the description must have given their consent to have the photo or video entered in the Contest.

 

Photos or videos may not contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including music, photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) without permission.

 

Photos or Videos may not promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous. Entry may not be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, or contain nudity.

 

Photos or videos may not contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without permission.

Photos or videos may not communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate.

 

Entry may not depict and may not itself be in violation of any law or otherwise.

 

Entrant represents that he/she owns all rights to each element of his/her photo or video. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, in their sole and absolute discretion, including its determination in their sole discretion that an entry fails to satisfy any of the above requirements. Sponsor’s determination as to whether the photo/video/description potentially violates the rights of any third party is final.

 

Each Entrant irrevocably grants Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), Entrant’s photo, video and description, and each element thereof, in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion), as well as to use Entrant’s name, likeness, photograph (collectively, “Likeness”), and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Entrant’s name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Entrant or any other party.  Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Sponsor’s use of any element of the Entry, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor for the use of any element of the photo or video or Entrant’s Likeness or statements.

 

Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor, its agencies and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out of the use of any element of Entrant’s participation in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of an individual’s right of publicity or right of privacy, or defamation.  Entrant further agrees to release Sponsor and Indemnitees from any and all claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Sponsor infringes Entrant’s rights with regard to any elements or ideas contained in any element of the entry.

 

WINNER SELECTION: From May 22, 2013 to June 22, 2013, all entries will be posted to the Website and members will be able to vote on the cat that he/she feels is the funniest cat. Limit one vote per person, per day.   The use of automated voting methods is strictly prohibited and suspect votes will be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole determination and discretion. The entry with the highest number of votes will be designated the Grand Prize Winner.

 

In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by an independent judging panel based on creativity (50%) and photo quality (50%).  All decisions the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.

 

 

PRIZES:

 

  • Grand Prize: A $250 Gift Card from Petco and a $4,500 donation in their winner’s and the cat’s name to the Petfinder adoption group of the winner’s choice (approximate retail value: $4,750).

Limit one prize per household. Total approximate retail value of all prizes: $4,750.00

 

NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION: Winners are subject to verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.  Winners will be notified via the email address provided and prizes will be awarded to winners within two weeks of being declared a winner.

 

RELEASES AND GENERAL CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, Entrants agree: (a) to be bound by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which shall be final and binding, and (b) that the Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information associated with the Contest, whether caused by Website users, tampering, hacking, or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) any errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation, or unauthorized access to the Website or in any materials associated with the Contest; (3) any injury, damage, or loss to participants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from, or otherwise using, the Website; (4) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (5) any design, typographical or other errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (6) garbled, incomplete, damaged, misdirected, late, lost, undelivered, or unprocessed entries; (7) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor which may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; or (8) any loss, injury or damage of any kind caused by participation in this Contest, or by the acceptance and/or use of any prize.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate, or suspend all or any portion of this Contest should fraud, virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, systems malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor and its agencies corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper play or conduct of the Contest. All applicable federal, state and local taxes, are solely the responsibility of the winners.

 

Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any third party’s failure to act in accordance with Sponsor’s instructions pertaining to the implementation of this Contest.

 

By entering this Contest the entrant gives its consent for Sponsor to deliver entry material and personal information to the Contest administrator as required for the purpose of administering the Contest.  Information will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s online privacy policy.  For information regarding Sponsor’s online privacy policy go to http://dsc.discovery.com/utilities/about/privacypolicy.html.

 

WINNER LIST: For a list of winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by September 1, 2013, to:  Petfinder Funniest Cat Contest Winners, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD  20910.

 

SPONSOR: Discovery Communications, LLC, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD  20910.

 

Any third party trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective trademark owners.  The use or mention of such third party trademarks in these Official Rules or in the Promotion is solely for descriptive purposes and shall in no way imply an endorsement or sponsorship of the Promotion.

 

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