Official Sweepstakes Rules for Giveaways on Twitter
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. This Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Sterling Publishing, Co. Inc. (“Sponsor”), 387 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016.
Sponsor may offer a similar sweepstakes from time to time. Each offer is separate. Entry into each sweepstakes is separate. The start/end time and available prize for each sweepstakes will be listed in the offer for that sweepstakes on Sponsor’s Twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/sterlingbooks; http://www.twitter.com/sterlingkids; http://www.twitter.com/pixiqphoto; http://www.twitter.com/larkcrafts; http://www.twitter.com/larkneedlearts; http://www.twitter.com/iheartclassics; http://twitter.com/#!/KevinZraly; or http://www.twitter.com/ecosystemlife. The other terms below will apply to each sweepstakes. Many may enter; only one will win in each Sweepstakes.
1. ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 13 years of age or older at time of entry. Employees of Sponsor, and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Sweepstakes, and their immediate family members (parent, child, spouse, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.
2. HOW TO ENTER: Follow Sponsor’s Twitter account and respond to any Sweepstakes offer posted by Sponsor on its Twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/sterlingbooks; http://www.twitter.com/unionsqpress; http://www.twitter.com/sterlingkids; http://www.twitter.com/pixiqphoto; http://www.twitter.com/larkcrafts; http://www.twitter.com/larkneedlearts; http://www.twitter.com/iheartclassics; http://twitter.com/#!/KevinZraly’ or http://www.twitter.com/ecosystemlife by “Re-Tweeting” or using the specified hashtag in the manner and time period set forth in the offer (the “Entry Period”). The “Re-Tweet” or specified hashtag must include all information required in the offer. Limit one (1) entry per unique twitter account and per person per Sweepstakes. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void, as are entries that are illegible, garbled, incomplete or that contain errors. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. No other entry method will be accepted.
3. WINNER SELECTION: One (1) Winner will be selected in each Sweepstakes by random drawing from amongst all eligible entries received. Proof of transmission is not proof of receipt. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes and determines the order of receipt of entries. All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Sweepstakes.
4. WINNER NOTIFICATION/VALIDATION: The potential Winner will be asked for an eligible email address by Direct Message and will then be notified by email and may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability/Publicity (where legal) form within seven (7) days of date of attempted notification. If winner is a minor, all documents must be signed by parent or legal guardian. Noncompliance within this time period, with these Official Rules or the return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate potential winner may be selected by Sponsor based upon Sponsor’s records of the next fastest entry received. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 2-4 weeks after winner validation. Any winner later determined to be ineligible may be required to return his/her prize. Any taxes on prize are the responsibility of the winner.
5. PRIZE AND ODDS: One (1) prize is available: The Book or product mentioned in the Sweepstakes offer (Estimated Retail Value between $5.00 and $250.00, depending on the book or product). No transfer, substitution or cash redemption will be awarded in lieu of stated prize except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion, if the advertised prize becomes unavailable. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Odds of winning depend on number and timing of entries in each Sweepstakes.
6. GENERAL RULES: Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to the Sponsor and its designees to use each winner’s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of participation in the Sweepstakes or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize; (ii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys’ fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iii) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered entries or referrals; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual’s ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. In the event of such a dispute or in the event a potential winner entered via internet and a dispute arises regarding a specific individual entitled to receive a prize, entries made by internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry and any damage made to the web site will also be the responsibility of the authorized account holder. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes.
7. NO WARRANTIES: Sponsor makes no warranties covering any of the prizes furnished as part of this Sweepstakes.
8. GOVERNING LAW: This Sweepstakes and the rights and obligations of the Sponsor and participants will be governed by and controlled by the laws of the State of New York, applicable to contracts made and performed therein without reference to the applicable choice of law provisions. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the State of New York, County of New York. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state courts of New York and federal court located with such state and county with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Sweepstakes.
9. PRIVACY: Winner’s name and contact information will be used in order to contact winner for the purpose of fulfillment of prizes.
10. NO IMPLIED ENDORSEMENT: The names of individuals, groups, companies, products and services mentioned herein, and any corresponding likenesses, logos and images thereof reproduced herein, have been used for identification purposes only and may be the copyrighted properties and trademarks of their respective owners. The mention of any individual, group or company, including Twitter Inc., or the inclusion of a product or service as the prize, does not imply any association with or endorsement by such individual, group or company or the manufacturer or distributor of such product or service and, except as otherwise indicated, no association or endorsement is intended or should be inferred.
11. WINNER NAME. Name of winner (first name / city) will be posted on the Sponsor’s Twitter page when available.