Cat Video Contest Rules and Regulations


  1. Contest Overview: The Humane Society of South Central Michigan – HSSCM – Red Carpet Cat Gala Video Contest begins on May 1, 2019 and ends on June 28, 2019 at the Red Carpet Cat Gala event. Entries must be received by midnight on June 16, 2019. The Contest consists of a skill based competition whereby an entrant will submit a video depicting his/her cutest cat video. Each video will be subject to voting at the event which will determine the three winners. Only the first 30 videos submitted that meet the criteria stated below will be accepted.
  2. Eligibility:The Contest is open to persons who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entry.  HSSCM employees are not eligible to vote on the entries.
  3. How to Enter: During the Entry Period, each entrant is invited to visit, click on the Contest banner and follow the online instructions to link his/her cutest cat video and then complete the following information: first name, last name, street address, city, state, zip/postal code, telephone number, email address, date of birth, video description, and confirm that he/she has the rights to submit the Video via a checkbox,  and agree that his/her video complies with the Entry/Material Agreement and Requirements. After completing and successfully submitting the Entry Information, each entrant (defined below) will receive one (1) entry to be judged in the Contest (“Entry”). The entrant is defined as the person who physically completed the act of entering, submitted his/her Entry Information, and uploaded his/her video. The pet cat featured in the video should be owned by the Entrant and any pet appearing in the video not owned by the Entrant and/or that has been downloaded from online, will not be eligible. If an Entrant’s family member or another person that the Entrant personally knows appears in the video, the Entrant must obtain permission for his/her “likeness” to be used. If a minor appears in the video, the Entrant must be the age of majority and the minor’s parent or legal guardian.
  4. Entry/Material Agreement and Requirements: Each Entrant and his/her video must adhere to the following guidelines and requirements: 
    1. The cat depicted in the video must be the Entrant’s own pet and the video must be Entrant’s own personal ‘creation’.
    2. All videos must be housed on an account set as public on YouTube with link provided. HSSCM will download the videos from YouTube.
    3. Submission must be a minimum of ten (10) seconds and a maximum of sixty (60) seconds.
    4. HSSCM in its sole discretion has the right to disqualify any video that exceeds sixty (60) seconds.
    5. By submitting the Material, each Entrant warrants that he/she has secured all necessary rights relating to the use of the video and/or a Contributor(s) (if applicable).
    6. If the video includes any music, it must be solely owned and/or have been composed by the Entrant and not belong to any third party.
    7. The video must not contain the first name, last name, phone number(s), address, website, email address, and/or any other personal information of the Entrant (or any other person).
    8. The video must not contain or depict any objectionable, unlawful, defamatory, obscene, sexually-explicit, threatening, abusive, harassing, hateful, discriminatory, or vulgar material and must be otherwise fit for publication/posting/uploading, as determined by HSSCM in its sole and absolute discretion.
    9. The video must not include language, phrases, quotations, hashtags, trademarks, logos, artwork, products or brand names belonging to or copyrighted by third parties.
    10. The video must not contain any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials or any other form of solicitation.
    11. The video must not contain any elements that: (if) would give or threaten to give rise to criminal or civil liability; (b) encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense; (ii) encourages or provides instructional information about illegal activities; or (iii) encourages acts of violence or dangerous stunts/behavior.
    12. The video must not disparage the goodwill or business reputation of HSSCM.
    13. The video must not contain any references to alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, firearms or any description or representation thereof.
    14. The video must not include obscenities or other objectionable material that defames or invades the publicity or privacy rights of any person (living or deceased), or that otherwise infringes upon any third party’s personal or proprietary rights, as determined by HSSCM in its sole and absolute discretion.
  5. HSSCM has the right to disqualify any Entrant’s video that does not adhere to the above requirements, that is not reasonably pertinent to the judging criteria or is otherwise in violation of these Official Rules as determined by HSSCM in its sole and absolute discretion.
  6. Finalist Judging and Determination: At the Red Carpet Cat Gala event, each individual eligible video will be judged according to the following judging criteria: 1) Originality 2) Quality of Video 3) Entertainment Value and Uniqueness. The three (3) videos that receive the most votes will be selected as winners.
  7. Winner Notification/Verification:Each of the three winners will be notified by telephone at the phone number listed on his/her entry. Winners do not need to be present at the Red Carpet Cat Gala to win. Prizes are valued at less than $50 each.
  8. General Conditions:The Contest is governed by all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws, and to these Official Rules. By participating, each Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of HSSCM which are final and binding in all respects; to waive any right to claim ambiguity with the Official Rules; to indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities from any and all claims, actions, injury, loss, damage or liability resulting or arising from the Contest, including but not limited to, the acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of the prize (or prize component); and to release all right to bring any claim, action, or proceeding against the Contest Entities.
  9. Disclaimers:Videos that are illegible, late, mutilated, tampered with, forged, incomplete, misdirected, lost, misplaced, stolen, destroyed, dropped, inaccessible, corrupted, jumbled, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules and such videos will be disqualified. By entering the Contest, each Entrant agrees and acknowledges that HSSCM shall have no responsibility or liability (including, but not limited to, liability for any property loss, damage, personal injury, or death) in connection with participation in this Contest. 

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