NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST (“CONTEST”). Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules.
CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date & time and end date & time as outlined in website blog posting (“Contest Entry Period”).
CONTEST OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Contest as outlined in website blog posting.
CONTEST ENTRY: To enter, follow directions as outlined in the website blog posting. All entries must be posted publicly on the Treelines site by date and time outlined in website blog posting. For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of Entry occurs when Entrant publishes the Entry and Treelines’ servers record the published time. Entry must be the original work of the Entrant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person and must not violate any law. Entries specifically commissioned by Treelines staff, whether or not Entrant was reimbursed for such work, are not eligible.
Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.
The number of winners is as outlined in website blog posting.
JUDGING: All Entries will be judged based on judges’ determination of appropriateness to the contest theme, incorporation of genealogical techniques, Entrant’s writing style and selection of accompanying imagery, effective use of Treelines’ software, and overall impact and interest of story.
The top scoring Entries will be declared the Contest winners (“Winners”). There will be one to three winners. Number of winners will be determined based on the judges' discretion.
TIES: In event of a tie, Winners will be determined based on the judges’ discretion.
Judges’ decisions are final and binding.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner(s) will be determined after the Contest’s end date and will be notified by email. Winner(s) will be required to provide mailing address, which will be used to fulfill the prize. At the discretion of the Sponsor, Winner may be disqualified for any of the following reasons: if charged with or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, is not eligible based on the eligibility requirements set forth above, or if delinquent on a government ordered payment, such as, but not limited to: child support, spousal support, alimony, tax payments, etc. In the event it is determined that the Winner has not complied with these Official Rules, has failed to execute and return any required documents within the specified time period, has made false statements or a prize notification is returned as undeliverable, then the Winner will be disqualified and at Sponsor’s sole discretion, the Entry with the next highest score may then be declared the alternate Winner.
PRIZE & APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”): There will be one to three winners. Prize is as outlined in website blog posting. ARV is based on consulting rates of Maureen Taylor ("Expert") at the time Winner redeems prize. Winner is solely responsible for all expenses, costs or fees associated with acceptance and/or use of the prize not specified herein as being awarded, including without limitation, any and all taxes (if any). Winner is not a recipient of a prize until s/he has been verified as the Winner by the Sponsor or judges. Upon connecting Winner to "Expert," Sponsor will be deemed to have awarded the prize to the Winner and such Winner assumes full responsibility for scheduling and taking part in consulting session with "Expert." Sponsor is not responsible for if Winner and Expert are not able to take part in the consulting session. Sponsor is not responsible for content or length of consulting session. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Winning constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Winner’s name, images, hometown, likeness, prize won, and photograph (all at Sponsor’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission. Contest Parties and their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed Entries; all of which will be void. Released Parties are also not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected communications which may limit a Entrant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions with may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials. Mass entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest and, if terminated, at Sponsor’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void his/her Entries)) it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of this Contest or website, intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrant, Sponsor, or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Official Rules. CAUTION: Any attempt by a Entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operations of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such Entrant to the fullest extent permitted by the law and to disqualify such Entrant from the Contest.
ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS: Entrant hereby acknowledges that Entry and all other materials of every kind whatsoever created by Entrant relating to the Contest (collectively, the “Work”) are a “work made for hire” (as that term is used in the United States Copyright Act) for Sponsor, and assigns to Sponsor (or, if any applicable law prohibits or restricts such assignment, Entrant hereby grants to Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, transferable license of) limited right, title and interest in and to such Work, including, without limitation, all rights of every kind and nature (whether now known or hereafter devised, including all copyrights therein and thereto and all renewals and extensions thereof), throughout the universe, in perpetuity, for all purposes, in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised. By submitting an Entry, Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many submissions under this Contest and that such entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or sponsored by the Sponsor, and waive any and all claims Entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any composition, design, video and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Sponsor (or its respective designees) may be similar to his/her Entry. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor does not have now, nor shall any of them have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to Entrant’s Entry.
MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS: Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.
ARBITRATION & CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Entrant agrees that any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration administered by Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”) pursuant to its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures (the “JAMS Rules”). Entrant agrees that the arbitrator shall have the power to decide any motions brought by any party to the arbitration, including motions for summary judgment and/or adjudication and motions to dismiss and demurrers, prior to any arbitration hearing. Entrant agrees that the arbitrator shall issue a written decision on the merits. Entrant also agrees that the arbitrator shall have the power to award any remedies, including attorneys' fees and costs, available under applicable law. Entrant agrees that the arbitrator shall administer and conduct any arbitration in a manner consistent with the Rules, including the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules, and that the arbitrator shall apply substantive and procedural New York law to any dispute or claim, without reference to rules of conflict of law. To the extent that the JAMS Rules conflict with New York law, New York law shall take precedence. Consultant further agrees that any arbitration under this agreement shall be conducted in New York County, New York. Under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than Entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Contest), and Entrant (or, if an eligible minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York, USA without regard to New York choice of law rules.
WINNERS LIST: Winner(s) will be announced in a website blog posting.
SPONSOR: Treelines.com, 1965 Broadway #17F, NY, NY