#BETINSTASTAR CONTEST

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited by law and outside the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  Subject to all federal, state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.

 

1.   ELIGIBILITY:  IF AN INDIVIDUAL IS DEEMED A MINOR IN HIS/HER STATE OF RESIDENCY, HE/SHE MUST OBTAIN THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN’S PERMISSION PRIOR TO ENTERING.  The #BETInstastar Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the forty-eight (48) contiguous states and the District of Columbia who are at least 15 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Employees, officers, and directors of Black Entertainment Television LLC (“Sponsor”), The Coca-Cola Company, and their  respective parents, controlled affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, and advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment, and marketing agencies, and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, children, and siblings, regardless of where they live), and those living in the same household (whether related or not) (collectively, the “Released Parties”), are not eligible to enter or win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.  Sponsor reserves the right to verify the eligibility of winners.  

 

2. AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. The Released Parties are not responsible if the Contest cannot take place or if the Prize (defined below) cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather, acts of terrorism or any other causes outside of the Released Parties reasonable control.

 

3. ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest begins on May 1, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET and ends on May 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Contest Period").  Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest.

 

   4. HOW TO ENTER:  ENTRANT MUST HAVE AN ACTIVE PUBLIC INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT PRIOR TO ENTERING AND SHALL NOT REGISTER FOR AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF ENTERING THIS CONTEST.  To submit an entry:

(a)   You must follow @BET on Instagram; and

(b)   Through your Instagram account, upload an original photo with a Coca-Cola® bottle or can (the “Submission”). 

 

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines in order to be eligible:

·       Must include the hashtag #BETINSTASTAR and #Contest;

·       Must include a Coca-Cola® bottle or can;

·       Must be the entrant’s original idea (modification of an original work is not an original idea) and must not copy or otherwise plagiarize from any source;

·       Must not contain material which is (or promote activities which are), as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, hateful, slanderous, libelous, tortious, sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, inappropriate, violent, 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 in their application; and

·       Must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.  Without limiting the foregoing, the Submission must not include third party trademarks or logos other than the Coca-Cola® bottle or can, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, sculptures, music, or the image and likeness of those who have not granted permission.

·       MUST NOT include third parties, including but not limited to minors, celebrities and friends, who have not expressly authorized entrant to display their image or likeness in the Submission or otherwise use such images or likenesses in accordance with these Official Rules.  Entrant must be prepared to provide signed third party authorizations upon request.

 

Log on to www.bet.com/instastar to view the Official Rules.

 

LIMITOne (1) Submission per person. Additional Submissions will be disqualified.

 

By entering, each entrant agrees that his/her Submission must comply with these Official Rules and  Instagram’s Terms of Use, and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may reject any entrant’s Submission and disqualify him/her from the Contest if Sponsor believes that such Submission fails to adhere to the above guidelines. Normal Internet, phone and usage charges imposed by your online or phone service may apply.  Further, by entering, each entrant warrants and represents that their entry is original, has not been previously published or won any award, does not contain any material that would defame or otherwise violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including patents, copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity, and will not violate any federal, state or local laws or ordinances.  Entrants further warrant and represent that they have secured the requisite consent from any third party appearing or referenced in their Submission.  Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes contains obscene, offensive or inappropriate content, that does not comply with these Official Rules or that is not consistent with the spirit or theme of the Contest. 

 

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 THEIR 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 the Released Parties and their respective parents, subsidiaries, controlled 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 Sponsor, in its 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) Sponsor 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 Sponsor or other entrants of any such similar or identical material, ideas and/or concepts; and (c) Sponsor’s use of material containing elements similar to or identical with those contained in the entrant’s entry shall neither obligate Sponsor 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 Sponsor’s use of the entrant’s entry or Additional Materials, or require the entrant’s permission for Sponsor to use them for any purpose, and agrees to never sue or assert any claim against Sponsor’s use of the entry or Additional Materials; and (vi) agrees to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorney’s fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Released Parties 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 (http://www.bet.com/terms-of-use.html) and Submission Agreement (http://www.bet.com/submission-agreement.html), Instagram’s Terms of Use, 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.

 

Automated or bulk entries or entries submitted by third parties will be disqualified.  Entries must be submitted by the entrant.  Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple and/or different identities, forms, accounts, registrations, email addresses, logins, or any other methods will void that participant’s entries, and that participant may be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same e-mail account.  In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail account provided with the entry will be deemed to be the entrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned the account by the e-mail provider.  Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to the Sponsor or forfeit the prize.  Entries from an invalid, non-working, or inactive account will be disqualified and ineligible to win.  Incomplete, illegible, corrupted, or untimely entries are void and will be disqualified. 

 

5. DETERMINATION OF WINNER: Sponsor will select five (5) potential finalists (the “Finalist(s)”) from among all eligible entries received based on the originality, creativity, and entertainment value of their Submission on or about May 19, 2017.  The Finalists must submit an original video of themselves stating why they deserve to be the next BET Instastar by May 29, 2017.  Each Finalist’s video must adhere to the following guidelines:

 

·       Must not exceed one minute (1:00) in length;

·       Must include the Coca-Cola® bottle or can;

  • Must be the entrant’s original idea (modification of an original work is not an original idea) and must not copy or otherwise plagiarize from any source;

·       Must not contain material which is (or promote activities which are), as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, hateful, slanderous, libelous, tortious, sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, inappropriate, violent, 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 in their application; and

  • Must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.  Without limiting the foregoing, the Submission must not include third party trademarks or logos other than the Coca-Cola® bottle or can, insignia, location signage, photographs, music, artwork, sculptures, music, or the image and likeness of those who have not granted permission.
  • MUST NOT include third parties, including but not limited to minors, celebrities and friends, who have not expressly authorized entrant to display their image or likeness in the Submission or otherwise use such images or likenesses in accordance with these Official Rules.  Entrant must be prepared to provide signed third party authorizations upon request.

 

The Finalists’ video will be posted on the Contest page located at www.bet.com/instastar from May 31-June 4, 2017 for users to vote on their favorite Finalist.  Votes must be received by 3:00 p.m. ET on June 4, 2017.  The Finalist with the most cumulative votes received will be selected as the potential winner (the “Winner”) on or about June 5, 2017.    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.  Use of script, macro or any 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.  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.  Voting is subject to the BET.com Terms of Use, available at http://www.bet.com/terms-of-use.html. The selection process shall be conducted under the supervision of Sponsor.  Sponsor shall choose the Finalists and Winner in its sole discretion which shall be final and binding.  Sponsor will notify the potential Finalists and Winner by social media direct messaging, phone and/or e-mail on or about June 4, 2017.  The potential Finalists will have forty-eight (48) hours to reply or he/she is disqualified and an alternate potential Finalist will be selected.

 

6. WINNER REQUIREMENTS:  The potential Winner and his/her travel companion will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Liability and Publicity Release (the “Affidavit”), W-9 Form, and any other required documents within three (3) days of receipt in order to claim his/her prize.  If the potential Winner is deemed a minor in his/her state of residency, his/her parent or legal guardian must complete and return the Affidavit on his/her behalf.  If a potential Winner cannot be contacted, fails to execute and return the Affidavit within the required time period, does not comply with these Official Rules, or unavailable to travel during the timeframe specified herein, he/she forfeits the Prize.  If a potential Winner is disqualified for any reason, the Prize may be awarded to an alternate potential winner, if any, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.  

7. PRIZE:  One (1) Winner will receive a 4 day/3 night trip for two (2) to the “BET Awards” scheduled on June 26, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA for an opportunity for the Winner and his/her guest to co-present the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.  The prize package includes (i) round-trip coach class airfare from the major gateway airport closest to the Winner’s residence (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Los Angeles; (ii) hotel accommodations for three (3) nights at a hotel selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion (one (1) double occupancy room, room and tax only); (iii) round-trip ground transportation while in Los Angeles to and from the airport and hotel; (iv) two (2) tickets to the “BET Awards” selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion; (v) Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00), to be awarded in the form of a check or other monetary instrument (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion); and (vi) one (1) video-enabled device which must be used to capture the Winner’s experience leading up to and during the “BET Awards” (collectively, the “Prize”).  Approximate Retail Value $7,000.00.  Actual retail value depends on the Winner’s place of residence.  Video will become the property of the Released Parties.  The Released Parties can broadcast and use the video in any way throughout the world in perpetuity and shall not be obligated to use the video.  The Winner shall not have approval rights to the video. If the Winner resides within one hundred (100) miles of the Los Angeles area, he/she will receive ground transportation in lieu of air transportation.  The Prize package has no cash redemption value and must be taken during the period June 23-26, 2017.  The Winner and his/her travel companion (who must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older at the time of travel) must travel on the same itinerary.  The Prize does not include any meals, gratuities, or any other expenses not specifically listed herein.  Restrictions and blackout periods may apply to travel and hotel accommodations.  Sponsor will not replace the Prize if lost, mutilated, or stolen.  The Winner is solely responsible for any federal and state tax obligations related to acceptance of the Prize and will be required to provide his/her social security number and 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 the Sponsor.  If the Prize is unavailable, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.  The Prize will be awarded provided it is properly claimed and is non-assignable and non-transferable.

 

In the event the Winner and/or guest 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 Winner and/or guest home with no further obligations or compensation whatsoever to Winner and/or guest (which may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in such Winner’s disqualification from the Contest and forfeiture of any the Prize or a component thereof).  In the event Winner or guest engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects Winner or guest 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 Winner or guest as a result of such conduct.  RELEASED PARTIES 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 Winner’s or Guest’s acceptance or use of the Prize.

 

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual they find, to be tampering with the entry or voting process or the operation of the Contest; to be in violation of Instagram’s Terms of Use; to be acting in violation of these 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 attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, or like entry or voting methods will void all such entries by such methods and the individual will be disqualified. 

 

9. PUBLICITY: Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify Winner’s agreement and consent that Sponsor and its respective designees may use the Winner’s name, city, state, likeness, photo, Submission and/or prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in perpetuity, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.

 

10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The Released Parties and Instagram, Inc. are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto).  The Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable entries or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof.  The Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any entry. IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR THE CONTEST, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM ANY WEBSITES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTEST. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

 

11. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively before a federal or state court located in the State of New York having competent jurisdiction; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

 

12. PRIVACY: Information collected is subject to each Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at http://www.bet.com/privacy-policy.html.

 

13. WINNER’S LIST: For the name of the winner, available after June 1, 2017, mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Black Entertainment Television LLC, One BET Plaza, 1235 “W” Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20018, Attention: “#BETInstastar Contest.” Washington and Vermont residents may omit return postage when requesting list of prize winners.

 

14. 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.

 

© 2017 Black Entertainment Television LLC. All rights reserved.

 

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram.

 

 

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