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Like Your Home Better:  Budget Blinds $5,000 Window Makeover Contest

Official Rules

Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

CONTEST PERIOD:? The Like Your Home Better:  Budget Blinds $5,000 Window Makeover Contest (“Contest”) begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“E.T.”) on March 25, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on July 31, 2013 (“Contest Period”).?

SPONSOR:? Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa (“Sponsor”).

HOW TO ENTER: ?During the Contest Period, visit bhg.com/windowmakeover and follow the instructions provided to complete the official entry form and upload one (1) video of yourself explaining your biggest home d?cor failure (collectively, an “Entry”). Entering the Contest will automatically register entrant at www.bhg.com if entrant has not already registered. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. All Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on July 31, 2013 to be eligible. All Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

Video must: i) be 30 to 60-seconds in length, ii) not exceed 50MB in size and be in .avi, .wmv, .mpeg, .mp4, .mov, or .flv formatarents.com, iii) be the original work of entrant (taken by entrant), non-professional, previously unpublished and may not have won any prize or award.

Videos may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

  • is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
  • promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others;
  • contains any personal identification, such as personal names or e-mail addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, music, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media);
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • contains any individual other than the entrant;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or
  • violates any law.

Video must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.? If the video contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the video, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the video by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the video and rights to any music playing in the video. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render Entry null and void.? By submitting a video, entrant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the video consent to the submission and use of the video in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting a video, entrant hereby grants permission for the video to be posted on bhg.com/windowmakeover, www.facebook.com/budgetblinds, including any tabs or canvas pages thereof, or other websites. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of video by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any video and reserves the right to remove any posted video at any time and/or for any reason whatsoever.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, disqualify, modify, edit, and revise any Entries, videos, or related materials that are obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any Entry or related materials and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the challenge, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule.  

By submitting your Entry, you agree that your Entry conforms to these Official Rules and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify your Entry for any reason, including if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your Entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older. ?Employees of Sponsor, Budget Blinds, Inc., VideoGenie, Inc. and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and their respective spouses.  “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year. ?

WINNER DETERMINATION: The Grand Prize winner will be determined by process detailed below:

Voting:?During the Contest Period, all eligible Entries received will be posted at bhg.com/windowmakeover and the “$5,000 Makeover” Tab on the Budget Blinds Facebook page at www.facebook.com/budgetblinds for public voting.? Individuals who visit bhg.com or the Budget Blinds Facebook page will be invited to vote for their favorite Entry.? Limit one (1) vote per person and per email address/Facebook account per day throughout the Voting Period, regardless of website visited to vote. The twenty (20) Entries with the highest total number of valid votes will be deemed potential Finalists and advance to the judging phase. Sponsor reserves the right to advance fewer than twenty (20) Finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries. Votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN TALLIED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR.

Judging: On or about August 16, 2013, all Finalist Entries will be judged by panel of qualified judges selected by the Sponsor in its sole discretion based on the following criteria: Creativity (50%), Originality (30%) and Adherence to Contest Theme (20%). The one (1) Entry with the highest total score will be deemed the potential Grand prize winner, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. In the event of a tie, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will judge the tied Entries using the criteria detailed herein to determine the potential Grand Prize winner.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential Grand Prize winner will be notified via email, phone and/or mail and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, IRS W9 form, License of Work and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification or a runner-up winner may be notified. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact potential winner or potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, a runner-up winner may be notified.

GRAND PRIZE (1): Budget Blind prize package including: an in-home consultation by representative selected by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, Grand Prize winner’s choice of up to $5,000 in Signature Series window coverings, delivery and installation; Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $5,000.

Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee either express or implied by Sponsor. Winner may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winner is responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided.? In-home consultation is subject to availability. Grand Prize winner must participate in the consultation on the date and time specified by Sponsor or such portion of the Grand Prize will be forfeited and no additional compensation will be provided in lieu thereof. The in-home consultation has no retail value, and if this prize component is not available and/or cannot be awarded for any reason, the remaining elements of the Grand Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’s prize obligation to Grand Prize winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Released Parties (as defined below) disclaim all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of the prize accepted by the winner. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules

PRIVACY:? Registration at www.bhg.com is required to enter the Contest.? When you register, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, complete mailing address, and email address.  The information that you provide will be added to a centralized Sponsor database and you will simultaneously be registered for Sponsor’s other websites as well.  By entering and providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor.  Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes.  Your email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at www.meredith.com/privacy.html. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, entrant agrees that:? (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or the prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney’s fees or any other damages, other than for entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

RELEASES:? By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to release Sponsor, Budget Blinds, Inc., VideoGenie, Inc. and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance, use or misuse of the prize.?

LICENSE FOR USE OF ENTRIES: By submitting an Entry, each entrant grants, and represents and warrants that the entrant has the rights and authority necessary to grant, Sponsor an irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable license and right to exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the Entry and all elements of such entry, including, without limitation, the video and the likenesses of any persons and locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected Entries, videos, registrations or votes; or for 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 failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of Entries or uploaded videos, the announcement of the prize, the tabulation of votes, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. 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 this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website.? Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Contest (or portion thereof) if the Contest is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Contest. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to determine the potential Grand Prize winner from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination using the judging criteria detailed herein. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules.? The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.?

Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant's name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Contest in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Contest, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Grand Prize winner will be issued an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein. Contest is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations.

WINNER’S NAME: For the Grand Prize winner’s name, available after September 15, 2013, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winner’s List/ Budget Blinds $5,000 Window Makeover Contest, 805 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022.??