Official Rules - aibo Halloween Photo Contest

Sony Electronics’ 2021 aibo Halloween Photo Contest

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MUST BE AT LEAST 18 (AL and NE, 19+)  YEARS OF AGE AT TIME OF ENTRY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT ENHANCE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. THIS  CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES AND DC (EXCLUDING ILLINOIS, BALTIMORE,  MARYLAND & TERRITORIES). DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY AND/OR  DO NOT AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

1. THE CONTEST: Open and offered only to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland and territories), who are 18+ (19+ in AL and NE) years of age at time of entry. The Sony Electronics’ 2021 aibo Halloween Photo Contest ("Contest") consists of three (3) prizes for the most original, creative, and overall appealing creative Submission (defined below) on how aibo celebrates Halloween in your house. The Contest starts October 7, 2021 at 8:00:01 A.M., Pacific Time ("PT") and ends October 26, 2021 at 11:59:59 P.M. PT (“Contest Period”). ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 11:59:59 PM PT on October 26, 2021. Sponsor’s computer is the official clock for the Contest. Void in Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. territories, and where prohibited by law.

2. HOW TO ENTER – INTERNET ACCESS REQUIRED: 
To enter the Contest the entrant must complete the following steps:  
STEP 1: Entrant must be a member of the Sony aibo Community (USA) Facebook Group (“Contest Site”) to submit entry.  
STEP 2: Enter the Contest by submitting a post to the Contest Site with up to one (1) image and one (1)  caption on how aibo celebrates Halloween in your house. Post must include the following hashtag:  #aibohalloweencontest.  
Entries submitted consistent with these Contest Rules and as determined by Sony judges may be displayed  on the Contest Site or on other Sony websites, excluding details of entrant’s personal contact information.

3. SUBMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: Submissions: (i) may not have been commercially available; (ii) may not have won or have been previously submitted to Sony or to any other contest, including third party contests; (iii) must be the exclusive original work of the entrant and made for the Contest; (iv) may not be inappropriate, offensive, libelous or defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit, unlawful or plagiarized, as determined by Sony in its sole discretion; (v) must not be harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, profane, obscene, excessively violent, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or offensive in any way, as determined by Sony in its sole discretion; (vi) may not violate or encourage others to violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation; (vii) may not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third party rights; (viii) may not contain commercial or corporate advertising, including but not limited to corporate logos, brand names and slogans, other than those relating to Sony Electronics Inc.; (ix) may not include any website URLs, viruses, worms, corrupt files, Trojan horses, or other forms of corruptive code or content that may harm or compromise the proper conduct of the Contest; (x) may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks (such as signatures); (xi) must be in the English language or accompanied with an English translation of the audio or visual text; and (xii) if found to be in violation of these Contest Rules will be disqualified and therefore may be removed from the Contest Site.

By submitting an entry, entrant represents that (i) Entrant has the unrestricted right to submit the entry; (ii) all persons whose name, or likeness appears in the Submission (“Entry Participants”) have unconditionally consented (including, with regard to, minors by way of parent or legal guardian), in writing, the right to their name or likeness in the entry and unconditionally granted entrant, in writing, the right to submit the entry subject to these Contest Rules, a copy of such writing will be furnished to Sony upon request; and (iii) the entry does not infringe upon any third party’s proprietary or other rights. No damaged, incomplete, forged or appropriated entries will be accepted.

4. SELECTION OF WINNERS: All eligible entries will be judged on or about October 27, 2021 by Sony, in its sole discretion and winners will be notified on about October 28, 2021 via Private Facebook Message. Entrants Submission(s) are judged on the following criteria: 
• Creativity – 50% 
• Technique – 27% 
• Composition – 22% 
In the event of a tie of the total amount of the judging criteria score, the judges will re-evaluate the tied  entries according to the above criteria until the tie is broken.

5. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES ("ARV"): TOTAL OF THREE (3) CONTEST PRIZES: Each of the three (3) winners will each receive one (1):

• aibo dice (ARV $ 29.56)

Total ARV Contest prize package $88.68 USD. The ARV represents Sponsor’s good faith determination.  That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. All federal, state, and local taxes are the  solely responsibility of winner.

IMPORTANT: Sony has no responsibility for a winner’s inability or failure to accept or utilize a prize as  described herein. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. All prizes in this Contest are nontransferable, non assignable and non-substitutable except that Sony may, at its sole discretion, substitute a prize or any  component thereof with one of equal or greater value. Additionally, the winners may each receive a Form  1099 or other document in the amount of the actual value of the prize, as required by law. Persons under  the age of 18 years (as of the date of entry) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest.

Potential winner must respond to Facebook Message within 24 hours from notification. If a potential  winner is found to be ineligible, is not in compliance with these Contest Rules, does not respond to the e mail in a timely manner, is disqualified or forfeits prize for any reason, declines to accept the prize, or if  the prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize  to an alternate entrant who will also be selected per the judging criteria from all remaining non-winning  entries received during the Contest Period. If after a good-faith attempt Sponsor is unable to award or  deliver a prize, the prize will not be awarded.

6. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to persons who are legal residents of, and living within, the United States and District of Columbia (excluding Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland and territories), 18+ (19+ in AL and NE) years of age, as of the date of entry except officers, directors, and employees (and members of their household and of their immediate families, i.e., parents, children, stepchildren, spouse, siblings, "step" of each and persons residing in the same household of such immediate family members) of Sony, its subsidiaries, affiliates, sales representatives, distributors, advertising/Contest/web design agencies and/or their affiliates, assigns or representatives; (hereinafter referred to collectively as "Sony & Others"), and all other persons or entities associated with the development, administration, Contest, execution of, or supply to this Contest. One entry per person.

7. RELEASE: By acceptance of a prize, the winner releases Sony & Others, from and against any and all liability and claims or causes of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property with respect to all aspects of this Contest, including those arising out of participation in this Contest, any prize related activity whether sponsored by Sony & Others or third parties, or the acceptance or possession or use/misuse of the prize or any component of the prize.

8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY/INTERNET: Sony & Others are not responsible for interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer transmissions or jumbled, scrambled or misdirected entries or transmissions, or for phone, electrical, network, computer hardware or software or program malfunctions, failures or difficulties or for other errors, omissions, interruptions, or deletions of any kind whether human, typographical, mechanical or electronic or for any damage to any person's computer related to participating in the Contest. Sony & Others are not responsible for illegible, unintelligible, late, lost or stolen entries or incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical, typographical or human errors which may occur in the processing of any entries in this Contest. Any entrant who attempts to interfere with the proper play of this Contest will be disqualified from participation in the Contest. Persons found tampering  with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, as solely determined by Sony, will be disqualified and may be subject to prosecution. If in the judgment of Sony, the Contest is compromised by viruses, bugs, non authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sony, which corrupt the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest, Sony reserves the right, in its sole discretion to discontinue, modify, suspend or terminate the Contest and proceed in a manner it deems fair and reasonable, including the selection of winners from among eligible entries received prior to such discontinuation, modification, suspension or termination. Any personally identifiable information collected during an entrant's participation in this Contest will be collected by Sony and used by Sony and its agents solely for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Contest as described in these Official Contest Rules or as stated in Sony's Privacy Policy at http://products.sel.sony.com/SEL/legal/privacy.html (for residents of US).

ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION  OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE,  SONY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute  as to the identity of a potential winner based on an email address, the winning entry will be deemed to  have been made by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.  "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an  Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational  institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the  submitted email address. SONY MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED,  INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A  PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT.

9. DISPUTES: Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware, United States. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved individually, and without resort to class
action. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of Delaware and any other laws, the  conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of Delaware. All judgments or awards shall be  limited to actual incurred out-of-pocket expenses (excluding attorneys' fees) associated with participation  in this Contest and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.

10. GENERAL: By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to these Contest Rules and the decisions of Sony, which are final and binding in all matters and all respects relating to this Contest. This Contest is void in Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. territories and wherever else prohibited by law.

By participating in the Contest and providing the Submissions to the Sponsor in connection with the  Contest, each entrant shall retain all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the Submission,  and shall grant to the Sponsors and their respective successors, assigns and licensees a worldwide,  gratuitous, irrevocable, exclusive and fully paid up license to copy, use, modify, reproduce, display, adapt,  amend and transmit the Submissions for commercial purposes including without limitation, advertising  and promotional purposes as well as in, on or in connection with the Submissions, the Contest or other  promotions in all media now known or hereafter devised in perpetuity beginning on the date of entry,  and hereby releases the Sony & Others, and their respective successors, assigns and licensees from any  liability with respect thereto. Acceptance of a prize constitutes the winner's consent to the use of her  name, biographical information, photograph, and/or likeness for advertising and publicity purposes as  determined by Sony or its designees without further compensation, except where prohibited by law. All  federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Sony & Others are not responsible for any entries  and/or entries that are lost, late, undelivered, misdelivered or postage due mail.

11. WINNERS LIST: For the name of the winners, no later than January 31, 2022, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Sony Electronics’ 2021 aibo Halloween Photo Contest Winners List, 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127.
Sponsor: Sony Electronics Inc., 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127.
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