OFFICIAL RULES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE EXPO FRANCHISE ME VIDEO CONTEST

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS.

OVERVIEW: The International Franchise Expo is giving you an opportunity to make your dream of owning a business a reality. To enter, submit an original video two minutes or less in length that explains (1) why you want to own a franchise and (2) why you would be a great business owner. Enter following the instructions below. One Winner will receive a Grand Prize package that includes (1) a credit of up to $25,000 toward a franchise fee, (2) a series of consultations with top franchising experts, and (3) complimentary access to the International Franchise Expo (IFE) including travel and lodging accommodations.

SPONSOR: The sponsor of the IFE Franchise Me Video Contest is MFV Expositions, LLC, operators of The International Franchise Expo.

CONTEST PERIOD: The IFE Franchise Me Video Contest (the “Contest”) begins 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET”) on March 23, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 21, 2018 (“Contest Period”).  One (1) winner (the “Winner”) will be announced on or about May 16, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to residents of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Contest is not open to: (1) employees or internally contracted vendors of MFV Expositions and its affiliates; (2) anyone professionally involved in the development or administration of this Contest; or (3) the immediate family members (parents, children, siblings or spouse, regardless of where they live) or members of the same household of the foregoing. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person at any time who is suspected of failing to comply with these Official Rules.

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Create an original video two minutes or less in length that explains (a) why you want to own a franchise and (b) why you would be a great business owner.

  2. Upload the video to a YouTube or Vimeo account to which you have administrative rights.

  3. Go to www.ifeinfo.com/franchiseme (the “Site”) and complete the entry form, including (a) direct link to your video’s URL (b) entrant’s first and last name (c) city/state (d) a valid email address and (e) phone number.

  4. Agree to the Official Contest Rules and submit Entry!

The person submitting the Entry is referred to as an "Entrant" or "you." By submitting an entry, Entrant agrees that Sponsor may in its discretion post any Entries to Social Media Sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and Sponsor-owned websites and marketing materials. All information collected from Entries shall be deemed collected and judged in the United States.  The Sponsor may limit Entries per person, family, household, entity or business.

All entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on May 21, 2018. Sponsor will be the official timekeeper for the Contest. No mechanically reproduced entries accepted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected correspondence or submissions. Incorrect, illegible, corrupt, and incomplete entries are void.

Use of a false email account will disqualify an Entry. For purposes of awarding the Grand Prize, Sponsor is entitled to rely on information received through the email account that registered the winning Entry. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an Entrant, the authorized account holder of the e-mail account used to enter the Contest will be deemed to be the Entrant. The Winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, typographical or printing errors, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, garbled or delayed entries, notices or other communications or other technical problems or human error related to the Contest or Entries. The use of scripts or any automated system to enter is strictly prohibited. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person who tampers with the entry process, engages in improper or unfair conduct with regard to the Contest, or who otherwise violates these Official Rules, or who is suspected of any of the foregoing.

CONTENT TERMS OF SUBMISSION: Proof of an uploaded Entry does not constitute proof or evidence that Sponsor received the Entry within the Contest Period or that it is otherwise eligible for the Contest. No Entry shall be treated as submitted until it has been acknowledged as having been accepted.  Nothing in these Official Rules shall require Sponsor to monitor or edit the Site or any Entries for offensive or otherwise objectionable content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Sponsor may in the exercise of its sole discretion reject or remove from the Site or Contest any Entry which might be considered offensive, defamatory, obscene, illegal, harmful, in violation of these Official Rules, or that otherwise falls short of Sponsor's (or its customers') standards.

Entries may not include any content (images, graphics, background elements, etc.) that constitutes copyright, trademark, service mark or other property infringement or otherwise infringes or violates the privacy, publicity or other rights of any person.  Prior to submission, Entrant must have signed permission from all individuals (parents/legal guardian of minor children, if featured and if not your own) that appear in the Entry to use their image and likeness and to grant the rights set forth herein. Videos may only include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art if Entrant has first obtained any and all releases and consents necessary to permit use thereof and to grant the rights set forth herein. When capturing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person's art. If requested by Sponsor, Entrant must be able to provide such permissions, and any other third-party releases and consents required under these Official Rules, in a form acceptable to Sponsor. Videos must not contain brand names or trademarks other than those of Sponsor. Any use or depiction of the International Franchise Expo Marks (as later defined) must not alter those marks in any way, including but not limited to any applicable font, stylization, graphics, or colors. All entries received that are duplicated, tampered with, incorrect, illegible, unidentifiable, distorted, blurred, incomplete, or from ineligible Entrants will be void and/or disqualified.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

You represent and warrant as follows:

1.    all Entry information is complete, accurate and truthful;

2.    no person or entity other than you has any right, title or interest in any part of your Entry;

3.    no other party is entitled to claim royalties from the use of the Entry;

4.    each Entry, the use thereof by Sponsor, or the exercise by Sponsor of any of the rights granted by you under these Official Rules, does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or constitute defamation, false light, misappropriation or violation of any other third party right;

5.    your entire Entry is an original work by you, and you have all the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the Entry and to grant all of the rights that you have granted hereunder;

6.    your Entry does not contain content that is inconsistent with the permissible uses outlined by these Official Rules, including, but not limited to, content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, obscene, racially or ethnically offensive or otherwise objectionable;

7.    you will not upload, post or otherwise transmit any Entry or content that contains software viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or any other computer code or files that are designed to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software or hardware or otherwise attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site or any related webpages; and

8.    you are not submitting any confidential, proprietary, or trade secret information.

LICENSES: Entrant hereby grants and agrees to grant a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid up, non-exclusive, sublicensable and transferrable license to MFV Expositions, its affiliates, parents, subsidiaries and their successors, assigns and agents (“Authorized Parties”) to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of his or her Entry, or otherwise use and exploit the Entry for any purpose, with or without attribution or prior notice, in any media now or hereafter known, in connection with the Contest and in connection with the promotion of the business or services of such Authorized Party, including, but not limited to, display, reproduction, publication and distribution of the Entry or a derivative or portion thereof, worldwide, including but not limited to on Sponsor’s website, in Social Media and in public presentations. Each Entrant consents to each Authorized Party doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the Entrant’s “moral rights” in the Entry. Display or publication of any Entry on an Authorized Party’s website or any Social Media platform does not indicate that the Entrant will be selected as a Winner. Neither Sponsor nor any other party will be required to pay any consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with the exercise of the foregoing license. Other than the rights granted to the Authorized Parties, as set out in this paragraph, all other rights with respect to each Entry are reserved to Entrant.   

You waive all claims to and shall receive no royalties or compensation of any kind, now or in the future, from Sponsor, its affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns for use of your Entry, including without limitation any intellectual property rights, rights of publicity, public performance, or otherwise.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION; PRIZES:

From the eligible Entries received during the Contest Period, one or more judges selected by Sponsor will evaluate all entries based on factors including, but not limited to, adherence to contest criteria, creativity, and number of video votes cast for that entry on the Site. Sponsor will select one (1) Winner. The Winner will receive (1) a credit of up to $25,000 toward a franchise fee, (2) a series of consultations with franchising experts, and (3) complimentary access to the International Franchise Expo (IFE), including travel and lodging accommodations (approximate retail value $3,500). Each Entrant may be selected as the Winner only once. Decisions of Sponsor shall be in its discretion and interpretation of these Official Rules, and are final and binding in all respects.

The Grand Prize is stated as a cash value in US currency, but is not payable in cash. The credit toward a franchise fee shall be the lesser of $25,000 or the franchise fee determined by the franchisor for a franchise for which the Winner has applied and has qualified, and which has accepted the credit. The Grand Prize may only be applied to a franchise license offered by a franchisor exhibiting at the 2018 IFE. Costs, licenses, fees and expenses in addition to the franchise fee are not included in the Grand Prize, and any increase in the franchise fee after the initial franchise fee or in excess of the Grand Prize is not included. Prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion. No substitution, assignment, transfer, or cash redemption of any prize is allowed; provided, however that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. Prizes may be subject to their own separate terms and conditions. The franchise fee credit is subject to the Winner’s qualification for and acceptance as a franchisee of the particular franchisor for which the Entrant has applied. The franchise credit shall be arranged between the Sponsor and the franchisor or its representative. If a potential Winner is unable to participate in or accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason, or does not qualify for the Grand Prize, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Entrant. Neither Sponsor nor any of its prize suppliers will replace any lost or stolen prizes, cards or certificates. In no event will Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than the stated number of prizes. The potential Winner(s) will be notified by phone, mail or email within approximately seven (7) days after the Contest Period. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable or failure to execute and deliver, by the specified deadline, any required documents, may result in disqualification from the Contest, forfeiture of any prize, and selection of an alternate Winner. Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the Winner.

TAX CONSIDERATIONS: Winner is responsible for any and all expenses not expressly included in the Grand Prize description. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Winner. All prizes must be accepted “as is” and no warranties or guarantees are provided by Sponsor.

AFFIDAVITS AND RELEASES: Except where prohibited by law, potential winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit/Declaration/Certificate of Eligibility, Confirmation of License Grant and Publicity Release, and Release of Liability, for receipt by Sponsor within five (5) calendar days of the date such Affidavit and Release are dated.  In the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules, if potential winner cannot be reached using the contact information provided on the Entry on or within two attempts, or if the prize winner notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential Winner may be selected at Sponsor's discretion.

PUBLICITY RELEASE:  Entrant grants permission to Sponsor and the other Authorized Parties to use his/her name, address (city and state), photo, and/or other likeness for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the internet and world wide web, in perpetuity, without notice, consideration, review or approval. Entrant also grants the foregoing permission on behalf of his or her minor children appearing in the Entry.

VERIFICATION/AUDIT: Entrant understands and agrees that Sponsor may (but is not required to) verify, audit or otherwise confirm Entrant's identity, registration information or other information relating to any Entrant or Entry that may aid Sponsor in selecting Contest winner(s). Entrant hereby consents to such verification efforts and shall reasonably cooperate fully and in good faith with Sponsor throughout the duration of the Contest. Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, may suspend, remove or otherwise disqualify any Entrant suspected of providing false, misleading or other information that may fail to comply with these Official Rules or any other rules or regulations.

TRADEMARKS:  International Franchise Expo tradenames, logos, symbols, or other intellectual property of the International Franchise Expo (the “International Franchise Expo Marks”) are registered and/or unregistered trademarks of Sponsor or its licensors and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever. Other brand names used herein are registered and/or unregistered trademarks of their respective owners and are used solely to describe the prizes; no endorsement, authorization or sponsorship on the part of such entities is intended or implied by such use.   

The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with YouTube, LLC (YouTube) or Vimeo, LLC (Vimeo).

GENERAL CONDITIONS:  Personal data will be processed in accordance with the MFV Expositions Privacy Policy. Following the Contest Period, Sponsor shall not be required to retain records of any Entries unless required by law. Entrants should direct any request to access, update, or correct information to Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for human error, theft, destruction, or damage to Entries, or other factors beyond its reasonable control. Sponsor reserves the immediate right to disqualify any Entrant who, in Sponsor's sole discretion: (a) is not in compliance with these Official Rules, (b) tampers with the Entry process, the Contest, the Site or other Social Media platforms; or (c) is acting in an uncooperative, unsportsmanlike, disruptive, unfair, abusive, or threatening manner. Sponsor shall not be liable to a winner or any other person for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of the prize becoming for reasons beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor unavailable or impracticable to award, or for any force majeure event, technical or equipment failure, terrorist acts, labor dispute, or act/omission of any kind (whether legal or illegal), transportation interruption, civil disturbance, or any other cause similar or dissimilar beyond Sponsor’s control. Where permitted by law, Sponsor reserves the right in its discretion to add, modify, change or discontinue this Contest at any time.

Neither Sponsor, Vimeo, YouTube, nor their  employees, officers, directors, agents, contractors, representatives, affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, assigns, resellers, dealers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies ("Released Parties") shall have any responsibility whatsoever for delayed, failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions; technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines or technical failures or difficulties; the incorrect or inaccurate capture or failure to capture information whether caused by Site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, Entry, or other information; the failure to capture any such information; or errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, network or otherwise arising out of or relating to the Contest, theft, loss, destruction or damage to Entries, in whole or in part, or other factors beyond their reasonable control. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be deleted or canceled. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to Entrants' or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest or downloading materials from or use of the Site. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or Site, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified.   CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW (AND TO DISQUALIFY SUCH PERSON FROM THE CONTEST, IF APPLICABLE). Any Entrant Sponsor suspects of attempting to circumvent the Official Rules of this Contest, including but not limited to using false e-mail and/or addresses, multiple identities or other fraudulent or deceptive Entry methods, may be disqualified.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: ENTRANTS AGREE THAT the RELEASED PARTIES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND WILL BE RELEASED AND HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANT FOR ANY CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY KIND OR NATURE FOR ANY INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DISABILITY OR DEATH, RELATING TO OR ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR RECEIPT, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE 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, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE LAW IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION.

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and these Official Rules, for any reason, at any time and without any liability.

BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, YOU FULLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THE OFFICIAL RULES BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST AND DO NOT SUBMIT AN ENTRY.  IF YOU DO ENTER AND YOU OR YOUR ENTRY DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE OFFICIAL RULES, YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

DISPUTES: This Contest and any action related thereto shall be governed, controlled, interpreted and defined by and under the laws of the State of New Jersey and the United States, without regard to the conflicts of laws provisions thereof.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, any disputes, claims or causes of action arising out of or related in any way to the Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively in the state courts of the State of New Jersey for the County of Passaic or the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and each of the parties hereto submits itself to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts for the purpose of any such action. Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees. Entrants hereby waive all rights to (i) claim or be awarded any punitive, direct, indirect, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and (ii) to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

WINNER’S LIST: For name of prize winners, send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: “MFV Expositions, IFE Franchise Me Video Contest, 210 NJ-4, Paramus, NJ 07652. Requests must be received by Sponsor no later than May 15, 2019.