Affadavit for OpenJDK challenge
Andrew John Hughes
gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org
Wed Sep 17 14:50:28 PDT 2008
2008/9/17 Stephen Colebourne <scolebourne at joda.org>:
> Thanks for the public clarification. I suspect most people don't read the
> small print of what they sign, but I try to. Certainly this clause is one
> that should be reviewed for the future.
> Ray Gans wrote:
>> Hi Stephen, Michael,
>> I've checked with the folks administrating the contest and they said there
>> is no reason or expectation to ever publish private home addresses. I was
>> told that the request for the right to use the addresses of the winners is
>> just standard practice and has not been an issue in the past. No one has
>> been able to tell me why it is "standard practice" but they promised to
>> revisit the language for the next contest we do.
>> Sun does want the ability to publish the country and state of the winners
>> (and perhaps the city), however, as part of the press announcements.
>> Hope this helps.
>> On Sep 15, 2008, at 2:03 PM, Michael Nascimento wrote:
>>> Yes, I feel the same about it. Looking forward to hearing some
>>> feedback from you, guys.
>>> On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 9:13 PM, Stephen Colebourne <scolebourne at joda.org>
>>>> I wanted to place on public record my opposition to the legal statement
>>>> I have had to sign as part of the Open JDK challenge.
>>>> "I hereby grant to the Sponsor the absolute right and permission to use
>>>> name, address and/or photograph in any and all advertising and
>>>> materials, or to refrain from doing so, in any manner or media
>>>> worldwide, for advertising and promotional purposes in conjunction with
>>>> promotions for the Contest without notice to me and without further
>>>> compensation. I shall have no right of approval, no claim to any
>>>> compensation, and no claim arising out of the use, alteration,
>>>> distortion or
>>>> illusionary effect or use in any composite form of my name, address,
>>>> photograph or likeness."
>>>> Specifically, I object in the strongest terms to giving Sun Microsystems
>>>> full and absolute rights to publish my entire private home address as
>>>> see fit. I don't know whether this was just bad legalese, or whether
>>>> means less in the US, but signing this has been a big deal for me. (It
>>>> possible that this is a legal requrement for competitions, and if so
>>>> then I
>>>> withdraw the complaint).
>>>> I hope this email serves as a warning to any other challenge entrant as
>>>> exactly how much they are signing away. Should the challenge concept be
>>>> repeated, I would ask that this clause (address) be reviewed.
>>>> thanks for listening,
FWIW, I read this and was also a little concerned. However,
the deadline for signing this was not really enough to spend time
going over the finer details. I don't remember but I probably used
my uni address for this reason. It does seem to have taken a while for it
to be mentioned here.
I agree it would be nice to see this made clearer in future competitions.
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