RDI Essay Contest: Terms and Conditions

  1. Materials Submitted to the Website.By making any submission (“Submission”) to RDI through this Website (including essays, stories, remarks, suggestions, graphics, or other information), you understand and agree to grant RDI the irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicensable right and license to have access to, store, display, reproduce, use, modify, broadcast, perform, display, distribute, and exploit your Submission (including all essays, stories, remarks, suggestions, graphics, or other information) in any manner and for any purpose for which we see fit to serve the needs of RDI.  You grant, without limitation, the right to include the Submission as well as your name in any materials produced by RDI, including the Website.  You acknowledge that you will receive no compensation for granting the rights herein, and that consideration for this agreement shall be the possible showing of your Submission on our website should your story be chosen for use.

RDI is under no obligation to keep, post, or use any Submission.  However, to the extent that RDI chooses to use your Submission, or any derivative or similar works, you affirm and agree that you are not entitled to and will not receive compensation in exchange for making a Submission.  You further agree that RDI may use anything you post or submit, including any Submissions, information, ideas, concepts or inventions, for any purpose without limitation and without the need to compensate you.  You further affirm that RDI will have worldwide rights to publicize, adapt, modify, distribute and use the Submission, and any derivative works thereof, in any way it sees fit.  By making a Submission, you understand and agree that you are not claiming and will not claim any ownership, patent, trademark, copyright, or other right in the Submission.

By making any Submissions, you affirm and warrant that the Submission was created by you and is wholly original.  You are solely responsible for your Submission and any consequences of submitting it.  By making any Submission, you affirm that your Submission does not include content which is: (i) copyrighted, protected by third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless You are the owner of such rights; (ii) unlawful, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, gives rise to civil liability, violates any law, or is inappropriate; or (iii) otherwise malicious or fraudulent.  

CHILDREN UNDER 18 CANNOT MAKE SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT APPROVAL BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.  By making any Submission, you represent and warrant that you are not a minor and of legal age to form a binding contract, or, if the Submission involves a minor child or children under the legal age of majority (i.e., under 18) (“Children” and each a “Child”), that you are the parent or legal guardian of the Child or Children involved in the Submission (“Parents” and each a “Parent”), have read and understand the terms of this Agreement, and can legally enter into this Agreement on behalf of all such minor Children.

For Submissions made by any Child under 18 years of age, a Parent of the Child or Children involved with the Submission must affirm and certify that the Parent: (i) is the parent or legal guardian of the Child making the Submission; (ii) has reviewed in full and agree to these Terms in their entirety; (iii) consents to these Terms on the behalf of the child.

To the extent that a Submission is made by a Child under 18 without Parental approval, we will delete the Submission and any accompanying personal information from our records within a reasonable time.  

CHILDREN UNDER 13 CANNOT MAKE SUBMISSIONS TO THE RDI ESSAY CONTEST We cannot accept any submissions by Children under 13 even with Parental approval.

  1. RDI  and its affiliates, subsidiaries, or licensors shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, exemplary, extra-contractual, or punitive damages of any kind whatsoever, including lost revenues or lost profits, which may or does result from the Submissions, or the services, products, information and other materials on and in and made available through the Website, regardless of legal theory, whether or not you or RDI had been advised of the possibility or probability of such damages, and even if the remedies otherwise available fail of their essential purpose. 

  2. You shall indemnify RDIt and its members, managers, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, and licensors (“TheRDI Indemnitees”) against all claims, actions, suits, and other proceedings (“Claims”) arising out of or incurred in connection with your participation in the essay contest, or your Submission, or your fraud, violation of law, negligence, willful misconduct, or any other use of the Website, the Website Materials, User Content, the services, products, information and other materials on, in and made available through the Website, (except to the extent attributable to RDI), or any breach by you of these Terms and shall indemnify and hold RDI Indemnitees harmless from and against all judgments, losses, liabilities, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or incurred in connection with such Claims.

  3. Changes to these Terms.RDI reserves the right at any time to modify, alter or update these Terms.  Notice of any new or revised Terms, as well as the location of the new or revised statement, will be posted on the Website for at least twenty (20) days after the change.  Your use of the Website following any changes means that you agree to follow and be bound by the terms as changed.  Any change to these Terms shall be effective as to any visitor who has visited the Website before the change was made.  TRDI reserves the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Website and/or ability to use the services with or without notice for failure to comply with these Terms, for providing RDI with untrue or inaccurate information about yourself, for infringement upon RDI’s proprietary rights, or for any other reason whatsoever or for no reason.

  4. Governing Law and Jurisdiction.These Terms represent the entire agreement between you and RDI  with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede any and all prior agreements, express and implied, and will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law rules. By accessing, viewing, or using the services, works, content, or materials on the Website, you consent and agree to (a) the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in the County of New York within the State of New York; (b) accept service of process by personal delivery or regular or electronic mail; and (c) irrevocably waive the right to trial by jury and any jurisdictional and venue defenses otherwise available.

Dated:         June 4, 2020

Last modified: June 4, 2020