Terms and conditions of the News 12 Sounds of the Season contest.

News 12 Staff

Oct 26, 2023, 6:09 PM

Updated 212 days ago


These Rules apply to any News 12 “Sounds of the Season” Contests (each, a "Contest") operated by News 12 Interactive LLC (“News 12”) on any of its platforms from time to time. Each Contest is governed by these Official Rules, and is subject to all applicable U.S. federal, state and local laws. Void where prohibited by law. By submitting a nomination and/or voting, you agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules.
1. ELIGIBILITY: Submissions and voting are open only to those individuals who have access to the News12 website and/or app.
2. ENTRY: Any eligible entrant (“Entrant”) may enter the Contest by visiting the News12 website at and filling out the nomination form. All nomination forms must be filled out completely and truthfully. Failure to complete the nomination form and provide truthful and pertinent information may result in disqualification from the Contest. Disqualification is in the sole discretion of News 12. Upon submitting the nomination form, an Entrant will receive one (1) entry into the Contest (an “Entry”). The nomination form can be submitted multiple times. However, entering or attempting to enter the Contest multiple times through the use of any robotic or automated devices to submit Entries is prohibited and all such Entries will be deemed void and disqualified. All Entries become the property of News 12 upon receipt and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entrants are prohibited from submitting in the registration form any content that is defamatory, obscene, inappropriate, or contains content owned by a third party and any such Entry will be disqualified. Information collected as part of the Contest is subject to News 12’s Privacy Policy.
3. VOTING: The submission or nomination period for each Contest shall be set forth on the web or landing page describing the Contest parameters. Once the submission or nomination period is over, the individuals or groups with the most number of submissions/nominations will be posted in a Top 12 vote on Votes must be cast online at or the News 12 iPhone application or Android application.
4. VOTING PERIOD: The voting period for each Contest shall be set forth on the web or landing page describing the Contest parameters. Votes received outside of the designated voting dates and times will not be counted.
5. SELECTION OF WINNERS: There will be five (5) winners selected in each Contest. During the applicable voting period, Voters are invited to vote on their favorite nominee. Limited to 1 vote per person per 24 hours during the applicable voting period. Voting using fraudulent means or assistance of any kind, including but not limited to, mechanical or other software or robotic or automated assistance with regard to all or any part of the voting process is strictly prohibited and these votes will be disqualified. Any individual who, at the sole determination of News 12, abuses the voting process in any way will be disqualified from participating in the Contest. At the close of the applicable voting period, five (5) winners will be determined by nominee that receives the most votes. In the event of a tie in any particular Contest, the tying-contestants will both be featured on News 12 or, as determined by the News 12-designated judges in their sole discretion. Odds of winning depend upon the nature, quality and number of eligible nominees received. Decisions of judges are final and cannot be appealed.
6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be announced on or about the dates set forth on the web or landing page describing the Contest parameters. In the event a potential winner is found to be ineligible to receive the prize (including due to a violation of these Official Rules), the potential winner shall be disqualified from the Contest and an alternate potential winner may be selected, at News 12's sole discretion, from among the other eligible nominees based upon the nominee having received the next highest number of votes.
7. PRIZE: Each winner will have their performance featured on News 12 AND/OR as part of the Sounds of the Season series. Any and all federal, state and local taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No transfer, refund, cash redemption, substitution or replacement of prize permitted, except that News 12 reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.
8. NO TAMPERING; RIGHT TO CANCEL, MODIFY: News 12 may disqualify any vote or Voter if, in its sole discretion, it determines that the vote was cast in exchange for compensation or other consideration or is otherwise contrary to the spirit of the competition. News 12 may prohibit a Voter from participating in the Contest if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said Voter is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of News 12 by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair participation or voting practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other participants or News 12’s representatives. News 12 is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Contest, including but not limited to errors in the advertising, Official Rules, selection and announcement of the winner, and distribution of the prizes. News 12 reserves the right to terminate or amend the Contest, in whole or in part, at any time without notice, if any factor, including without limitation virus, bugs, or non-authorized human intervention, interferes with its conduct as contemplated by these Official Rules. News 12’s decisions are final on all matters relating to the Contest and the subject matter of these Official Rules.
9. RELEASE OF LIABILITY; DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY: By participating in the Contest, nominees, voters and winners agree to release and hold harmless News 12 and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (the "Released Parties"), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury (including emotional distress), and/or death which may occur in connection with preparation for, or participation in, the Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of the prize or participation in any Contest-related or prize-related activity and for any claims or causes of action based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants or to any other person's computer, regardless of how caused, relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with this Contest. Entrants and winners acknowledge that News 12 has neither made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representations or guarantees, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize or any component thereof. Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the Contest, including but not limited to, the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants or News 12 in connection with the Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. In addition, any dispute relating to the Contest (including these Official Rules) shall be brought in the appropriate New York state court in Nassau County or federal court in and for the Eastern District of New York. Entrants hereby irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of said courts and waive any claim of forum non conveniens or lack of personal jurisdiction that they may have. Any and all claims, judgment and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys' fees and under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and further waives any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
10. PUBLICITY AND RELEASE: By entering in the Contest, unless prohibited by law, you consent to News 12 and any of its designees using and/or publishing (a) your name, photo, likeness, and voice, (b) testimonials, opinions, statements made by the you regarding the Contest or News 12, and/or (c) other information submitted as part of your entry, including any photos or videos, worldwide and in perpetuity for any and all purposes including but not limited to, advertising, trade and/or promotion on behalf of News 12, in any form of media, now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, print, digital, and TV media, each without further limitation, restriction, compensation, consideration, notice, review or approval. You may be required to provide a signed release acknowledging such consent.
11. GENERAL: By entering this Contest, you represent and warrant that you will: (1) fully comply with these Official Rules and all applicable law, and (2) indemnify and hold the News 12 and its affiliates, and each of their respective agents and representatives (the “News 12 Parties”) harmless from and against any loss, liability, claim, demand, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, (“Loss”) arising out of or relating to any violation of these Official Rules, any applicable laws, or any rights of any third party by the Entrant. The News 12 Parties are not responsible for late or incomplete entries or for technical failures of any kind that may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in the Contest. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these Official Rules, News 12 shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

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