Copyrights: Can I use elements from Internet? What is the Infringement Notice for?

There is an "Infringement Notice" at the end of our contests briefs, which states:

- “Contestants undertake to submit creative and original works.
- Contestants warrant that they hold all rights upon submitted works and warrant that the use of the works in the contest does not violate any third parties' rights.
- Contestants acknowledge that in case of breach of these rules, the organizer shall be entitled to deem their participation and the prize granting as void.”

It means that our members’ creators are not allowed to use images or music taken from the Internet.

If you do so, you have to be very careful about the license associated to the image/music. You have to make sure that you are able to use it for commercial purposes (TV and Radio broadcast included). In that case, you have to state the details about the related elements (the source/website and the corresponding license) in your media description to confirm that it complies with the contest rules.

Our main concern is that most of the free or creative licenses available on the Internet do not comply with our contest rules. Most of the times they only allow you to use it for personal project, and you need to purchase the license to be able to use it for commercial purpose, which usually comes with a hefty price tag. This is why we highly recommend you to only use elements created by yourself. After all, originality is the best, don’t you think so?

Here are some examples to let you have a better understanding of the Copyrights issue:

1. You are creating a video and you are using a classical music from a CD you have at home. Is this okay? NO, this is not okay. Although classical music is considered free of rights if the composer has been dead for more than 70 years, you still need to seek for permission from the musician/orchestra who plays the music and the album recording company as well.

2. You are creating a print design and you take a random image from Google to be implemented in your creation. Is this okay? NO, this is not okay because you need to know who created that image and then seek for permission from him/her to use it in your entry.

3. You are creating an entry and you found the perfect material you’ve been looking for in a stock image/music/video website. Are you allowed to use it? Yes, BUT you have to make sure the license you’re going to purchase allows the material to be used for commercial purposes.

4. You are creating a video entry and you get your friend to create the music for it. Is it okay? Yes, it is definitely okay! Just make sure your friend grants you the permission for the music to be used for commercial purposes.

5. You are creating a video/design and you want to modify some famous character (e.g. Avengers, Disney character…) to include them in your entry. Is it okay? NO, this is not okay, even if you modify them with the software, as long as they are copyrighted characters, you can’t use them to enter commercial contest without permission from the authors. 

As it is specified under the Guidelines of every Brief:

“Your media has to be copyright free to be considered into the contest. Please state whether or not the music and/or image(s) you used is/are your own creation in your media description. If you have used elements that are not yours, please provide links to the license granting you the rights of using it. You have to be the exclusive owner of those elements and all materials you have used must be able to be used for commercial purpose. Please also indicate the link(s) to the website(s) source, even if it is a royalty-free website. Media that does not comply with these regulations will not be considered for the contest”

This means that your media NEEDS to contain all the information about the elements’ provenance in the media description field. Whether it’s your original creation or whether you have used an element bought online, we need to be able to check that they comply with the regulation. To modify your media description please refer to this article.

Please read the following article for more information on copyrights related issues.


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