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HOT 16 RULES

“Sprite® presents the BET.com Hip Hop Awards Hot 16 Contest”
OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, AND OTHER U.S. COMMONWEALTHS, TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS), 18 YEARS OR OLDER.
1. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. commonwealths, territories, and possessions) 18 YEARS OR OLDER as of July 12, 2016. Employees, officers, directors – and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings, and their respective spouses) and household members (whether related or not) of Black Entertainment Television LLC (“BET”), The Coca-Cola Company, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, franchisees, advertising and promotion agencies (collectively referred to as (“Contest Entities”) are not eligible to enter. VOID OUTSIDE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. This contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws. By entering this contest, each entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Contest Entities, and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, employees, officers, directors, representatives, and advertising and promotion agencies from any injury, loss, death, damage, action, claim, demand or other liability that may occur from entrant’s participation in this contest or from the acceptance or use of any prize awarded, or attendance at any event. Sponsor, as defined in Section 10, reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner. U.S. law governs this contest. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.


2. HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins at 6:00 p.m. EDT on July 12, 2016 and ends at 6:00 p.m. EDT on July 25, 2016 (the “Contest Period”). Entries must be received during the Contest Period. This contest consists of three (3) phases:
Phase 1: To enter the contest, log on to www.BET.com/hot16, enter the registration information, download the pre-cleared track provided courtesy of the Hot 16 producer London on da Track for the creation of your video showcasing you rapping the hottest 16 bars (the “Entry”) over the pre-cleared track, then either upload your Entry or a hyperlink to your Entry to www.BET.com/hot16. The Entry must comply with the following standards:
a) Must be no more than two minutes (2:00) in length.
b) Must include only the entrant and not anyone else.
c) Entry must be 100% original and not infringe upon any privacy, publicity, copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights.
d) May not contain any music other than the pre-cleared track provided by the Hot 16 producer available for download and use in your Entry.
e) Must not mock, ridicule or disparage Contest Entities, or their products or services, or any ethnic, religious or national group, gender, or sexual orientation.
f) Must not contain material which is (or promotes activities which are) in Sponsor’s sole discretion, hateful, slanderous, libelous, tortious, sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, inappropriate, violent, self- mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g., underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing; or contain material that is threatening to any person, place, business, group or world peace; or contain words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group; or contain images, words or text portraying nudity, acts of violence, or acts that are or appear to be unlawful or dangerous or in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Entry is created.
g) Must not include references to third parties, including but not limited to minors, relatives, celebrities and friends, who have not expressly authorized such reference(s). Entrant must be prepared to provide any signed third-party authorizations upon request.
Phase 2: On or about July 29, 2016, Hot 16 producer London on da Track, in collaboration with BET, will select two (2) potential finalists (the “Finalists”) from amongst all eligible entries received during the Contest Period based on originality, creativity, and lyrical skill.
Phase 3: The Finalists’ video will be posted on the contest page on August 3-10, 2016 for users to vote on their favorite Finalist. Votes must be received by 5:59 p.m. EDT on August 10, 2016. The Finalist with the most cumulative votes will be selected as the potential grand prize winner on or about August 12, 2016.


VOTING RULES: LIMIT: ONE (1) VOTE PER PERSON, PER IP ADDRESS, PER DAY REGARDLESS OF METHOD(S) OF VOTING. ANY VOTES RECEIVED IN EXCESS OF THIS MAXIMUM WILL BE VOID. Voting will be subject to the Terms of Use of BET.com and any additional voting instructions that may be posted on BET.com/Hot16. The use of any script, macro or any robotic or automated system to vote or with the intent to impair the integrity of the voting process is prohibited and all such votes will be void. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to prospective voters, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to nullify all votes obtained via such means and to disqualify responsible entrants from further voting or participation in the Contest.
Limit: One (1) entry per person. By submitting an Entry in the contest, the entrant represents and warrants to BET that he/she is, as of the date of entry, at least the age of majority in his/her state/jurisdiction of permanent residence, is the only person appearing in the video, and is the copyright owner of the video content or is otherwise licensed to use such content and confer to BET the right to use the content as set forth herein. If more than one person appears in the Entry, entrant will be disqualified. BET reserves the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify or not disqualify any entrant that violates these standards.
Contest Entities assume no responsibility for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability, or garbled or jumbled transmissions, or service provider/Internet/website/use net accessibility or availability, traffic congestion, or unauthorized human intervention. BET reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the promotion, in whole or in part, by giving such notice, in any form and manner deemed appropriate by BET. Should the promotion be modified, suspended or terminated as aforesaid, the prize will nevertheless be awarded from all eligible entries received prior to (or after, if applicable) and in accordance with these Official Rules.

3. ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: An eligible Entry must be received as described above. Incomplete Entries are void. By entering, entrants agree to comply with these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and the BET.com Terms of Use (available at http://www.bet.com/terms-of-use.html) and Submission Agreement (available at http://www.bet.com/submission- agreement.html) Entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address from which the Entry is made. Contest Entities are not responsible or liable for lost, stolen, mutilated, incomplete, incorrect, delayed, late, interrupted, illegible or misdirected entries. All Entries become the property of BET and will not be acknowledged or returned.

In addition, by uploading or creating an Entry in this contest, each entrant: (i) WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT THE ENTRANT IS THE INDIVIDUAL PICTURED AND HEARD IN THE ENTRY; (ii) WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT HIS/HER ENTRY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ANY AUTHORIZED ASSETS CONTAINED THEREIN: (a) IS ORIGINAL TO THE ENTRANT, HAS BEEN LEGALLY OBTAINED AND CREATED, AND THAT THE ENTRANT OWNS ALL RIGHTS TO THE ENTRY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE VIDEO OR DIGITAL RECORDING, AND THE PERFORMANCE CONTAINED IN ANY OF THE ABOVE; (b) DOES NOT INFRINGE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PRIVACY OR PUBLICITY RIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR MORAL RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY, OR VIOLATE APPLICABLE LAWS, REGULATIONS, OR NETWORK STANDARDS; (c) HAS NOT BEEN ENTERED IN OR WON PREVIOUS CONTESTS OR AWARDS; AND; (d) HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISHED PREVIOUSLY, AND WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED OR UPLOADED, TO ANY OTHER MEDIUM, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY ONLINE VIDEO SERVICE; (iii) irrevocably grants to Contest Entities and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, agents and licensees, the exclusive unconditional and perpetual right and permission to copyright (as appropriate), reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) the Entry in whole or in part, including, but not limited to, the audio and/or video recording and performances contained in any of the above items (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by Contest Entities, in the Contest Entities’ sole discretion), as well as the entrant’s name, address, image, voice, likeness, statements, biographical material and any additional photographic images, video images, audio recordings, portraits, interviews or other materials relating to the entrant and arising out of his/her participation in this contest (with or without using the entrant’s name) (collectively, the “Additional Materials”) in perpetuity in any media throughout the world, whether now known or later created, for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from the entrant or any other party; (iv) acknowledges and agrees that (a) Contest Entities and other entrants have access to and/or may create or have created literary, film, tape and/or other materials, ideas and concepts which may be similar or identical to an Entry in theme, idea, plot, format, characters and/or other respects; (b) the entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or other consideration because of the use by Contest Entities or other entrants of any such similar or identical material, ideas and/or concepts; and (c) Contest Entities’ use of material containing elements similar to or identical with those contained in the entrant’s Entry shall not obligate Contest Entities to negotiate with nor entitle entrant to any compensation or other claim; (v) forever waives any rights of privacy, intellectual property rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Contest Entities’ use of the entrant’s Entry or Additional Materials, or require the entrant’s permission for Contest Entities to use them for any purpose, and agrees to never sue or assert any claim against Contest Entities’ use of the Entry or Additional Materials; and (vi) agrees to indemnify and hold Contest Entities 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 Contest Entities arising out of or in connection with (a) any Entry or Additional Materials (including, but not limited to, any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on the submission of such other material); (b) any breach by entrant of any warranty, agreement or representation contained in the Official Rules, the BET.com Terms of Use and Video Submission Agreement, or in any documentation submitted by entrant; (c) the entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this contest, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation; or (d) the acceptance of any prize.

4. PRIZE: One (1) prize (the “Grand Prize”) is available to be awarded in this contest. One (1) winner of this contest (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will receive a 2- day/1-night trip for the winner to New York, NY or Los Angeles, CA for the opportunity to perform in the Hip Hop Awards Cypher taping tentatively scheduled for August/September 2016 (location and date to be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, and communicated to the winner). That travel package includes the following and must be taken during the dates in August/September 2016 set by Sponsor:
a) One (1) round-trip coach class airline ticket from the major gateway airport closest to the Grand Prize Winner’s residence to New York, NY or Los Angeles, CA;
b) Hotel accommodations for one (1) night at a hotel selected solely by Sponsor (one (1) single occupancy room, room and tax only);
c) Ground transportation while in New York or California to and from the airport, hotel, and cypher taping; and
d) $2,500 in the form of a check.
In addition, the Grand Prize Winner will also receive a 3 day/2 night trip for the winner and a guest to attend the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, GA, scheduled on September 17, 2016. That travel package includes the following and must be taken during the period September 16-18, 2016:
a) Two (2) round-trip coach class airline tickets from the major gateway airport closest to the Grand Prize Winner’s residence to Atlanta, GA (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion);
b) Ground transportation while in Atlanta to and from the airport, hotel, and awards show;
c) Hotel accommodations in Atlanta for two (2) nights at a hotel selected solely by Sponsor (one (1) double occupancy room, room and tax only); and
d) Two (2) tickets to the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards.


Total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Grand Prize is $9,000.00. Actual retail value depends on time of booking and place of departure. Any difference between stated ARV and actual value will not be awarded. If the Grand Prize Winner resides within one hundred (100) miles of New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA or Atlanta, GA, he/she will receive ground transportation in lieu of air transportation to the relevant city. Should ground transportation be substituted for air transportation, the difference in prize value, if any, will not be awarded. Prize does not include meals, gratuities, ground transportation to and from the Grand Prize Winner’s residence and the airport, and any other expenses not specifically listed herein shall be the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. Travel dates and accommodations subject to availability and scheduling; certain restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Travel companion must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and must travel on the same itinerary as the Grand Prize Winner. Grand Prize Winner and guest are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents. Grand Prize Winner’s travel companion must be at time of prize fulfillment the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which he or she resides (and at least eighteen (18) years of age), unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (Sponsor will not be responsible for any such parent’s / legal guardian’s travel expenses), and must complete and return a liability/publicity release prior to prize award. If travel companion is a minor in his/her state of residence, minor’s parent/legal guardian must complete and return all releases on behalf of minor. Prize packages have no cash redemption value and must be taken during the specified timeframes. If the Grand Prize Winner cannot travel on any specified dates, prize will be forfeited and the prize may be awarded to an alternate grand prize winner. The Grand Winner is responsible for obtaining all necessary and required travel documents. Any federal and state taxes for the prize are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize Winner will be required to provide his/her social security number and will be issued a 1099 at the end of the year for tax purposes. No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. If prize, or any portion of a prize is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute that prize or portion of the prize with a prize of equal or greater value. Prize will be awarded, provided it is properly claimed.

In the event the Grand Prize Winner and/or his/her travel companion engages in behavior during prize travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal, or that is intended to threaten or harass any other person, or that in any way disparages or adversely affects the reputation, image, and/or customer goodwill of Sponsor or any of Sponsor’s services, products, trademarks, service marks, or logos, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the travel early, and send the Grand Prize Winner and/or travel companion home with no further obligations or compensation whatsoever to Grand Prize Winner and/or travel companion (which may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in such Grand Prize Winner’s disqualification from the contest and forfeiture of the prize or a component thereof). In the event Grand Prize Winner or travel companion engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects Grand Prize Winner or travel companion to arrest or detention, Sponsor shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by Grand Prize Winner or travel companion as a result of such conduct. SPONSOR SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF GRAND PRIZE WINNER’S OR TRAVEL COMPANION’S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE PRIZE.

5. DETERMINATION AND VERIFICATION OF WINNER: On or about July 29, 2016, Hot 16 producer London on da Track, in collaboration with BET, will select two (2) potential Finalists from amongst all eligible entries received during the Contest Period based on originality, creativity, and lyrical skill. The Finalists’ video will be posted on the contest page August 3-10, 2016 for users to vote on their favorite Finalist. Votes must be received by 5:59 p.m. EDT on August 10, 2016. The Finalist with the most cumulative votes will be selected as the potential Grand Prize Winner on or about August 12, 2016. Sponsor will notify the potential Grand Prize Winner by phone and/or e-mail after selection. If a potential winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted, if he or she is found to be ineligible or if the contest entrant cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, the potential winner will be disqualified and the alternative potential winner will be selected by Sponsor, in their sole discretion.

6. GENERAL CONDITIONS: The potential Grand Prize winner and his/her travel companion will be required to sign (or have his or her parent/legal guardian sign if potential Grand Prize Winner is a minor in his or her state/jurisdiction of permanent residence) and return any applicable documents sent by Sponsor related to the contest, which may include, but are not limited to a Letter of Prize Acceptance, Waiver of Liability, an Affidavit of Eligibility and/or W-9 form, within three (3) days of notification. Failure to return documents as specified, if prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if unable to travel during the specified timeframes will result in entry being disqualified, and an alternate potential grand prize winner will be selected from among the remaining eligible entrants based on the winner selection process set forth above. Where permitted by law and BET.com’s Privacy Policy, Grand Prize Winner agrees to grant to Contest Entities and Contest Entities’ licensees, affiliates and assigns, the right to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide, in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the world wide web, at any time or times, the Grand Prize Winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information as news or information and for advertising and promotional purposes without additional consideration; and further without such additional compensation, appear for, or provide biographical information for use in, any presentation or other activity which may include filming/audio/video/electronic or other recordings and/or interviews as may be determined by Contest Entities. Failure to grant such rights may result in disqualification and an alternate grand prize winner or potential grand prize winner may be selected from eligible entries previously received and in accordance with these Official Rules. Further, by accepting the prize, Grand Prize Winner agrees to release and hold harmless Contest Entities, their parents, subsidiaries, licensees, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property arising whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize, participation in any contest related activity, or participation in this contest.

IN NO EVENT WILL CONTEST ENTITIES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, LICENSEES, AFFILIATES AND RELATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPERESENTATIVES, AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO USE OF INTERNET SITE WWW.BET.COM OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID SITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS, OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS, FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.


Sponsor reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or website; to be in violation of the Terms of Service of the BET.com web site, to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, or like entry methods will void all such entries by such methods. In the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account used to enter the contest at the actual time of the entry will be deemed to be the participant and must comply with these rules. Authorized account subscriber is deemed to be the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization, which is responsible for assigning email addresses email, addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address.


7. DISPUTES: As a condition of participating in this contest, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in the State of New York having competent jurisdiction, which Court shall apply the laws of the State of New York without regards for doctrines of Conflict of Law. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, nor consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorney’s fees, other than entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this contest), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

8. PRIVACY: Information collected from entrants is subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://www.bet.com/privacy-policy.html.

9. WINNERS’ LIST: For a list of prize winner(s), available after September 5, 2016, mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to “Sprite® presents the BET.com Hip Hop Awards Hot 16 Contest” to Black Entertainment Television LLC, One BET Plaza, 1235 “W” Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20018. Washington and Vermont residents may omit return postage when requesting list of prize winners.

10. SPONSOR: Black Entertainment Television LLC, One BET Plaza, 1235 “W” Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20018. For the sake of clarity, The Coca-Cola Company is neither a sponsor nor responsible for the administration of the contest.