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Official Rules for “Your Storage Blog Contest”

Your Storage Blog Contest

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The Your Storage Blog Contest (the “Contest”) starts on November 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on January 31, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PT (“Contest Period”). The Contest Period will be divided into three (3) monthly entry periods (each, a “Monthly Entry Period”). For the purposes of these Official Rules, a Monthly Entry Period begins at 9:00 a.m. PT on the first calendar day of each month and ends at 5:00 p.m. PT on the last calendar day of that month.

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence (and at least 18).  Employees of Bright Side Network Inc., Seagate Technology LLC, (“Sponsor”) and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and promotion and advertising agencies, and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, sibling, child and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void in Quebec and where prohibited by law.  Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial and local laws.

HOW TO ENTER:  During the Contest Period, visit http://smb.media.seagate.com/2011/10/storage-means-business/what-storage-topic-is-on-your-mind-let%e2%80%99s-make-it-%e2%80%9cyour-storage-blog%e2%80%9d-and-win-a-seagate-drive/ (“Blog”) and follow the directions provided to share a question, comment or idea about storage on a hard drive or a topic that you suggest for the next blog entry on the Blog and include one (1) of the following labels in your post: “BSN”, “Bright Side News” (collectively, “BSN”), (each, an “Entry”). IMPORTANT: You must include “BSN” in your post to be entered into this Contest. Entries that do not include BSN in their posts will not be entered into this Contest. You will be required to provide your full name and email address to post an Entry.  All entrants are required to comply with any blogging guidelines of the Blog (available at http://smb.media.seagate.com/2011/10/storage-means-business/what-storage-topic-is-on-your-mind-let%e2%80%99s-make-it-%e2%80%9cyour-storage-blog%e2%80%9d-and-win-a-seagate-drive/ and incorporated herein by reference.

All Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. PT on January 31, 2012 to be eligible. Each Entry submitted by an entrant must be significantly different from any other Entry submitted by that entrant. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and Entries by any means which subvert the entry process are void. All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. 

Each entry must be entrant’s own original work, be in English, cannot be previously published or submitted in connection with any other promotion, be in keeping with the Sponsor’s and Blog’s image and may not be offensive or inappropriate, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, nor can it 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. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it determines, in its sole discretion, is offensive or inappropriate, not in keeping with Sponsor’s image or that is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules.

By submitting an entry, entrant hereby grants permission without payment or other financial consideration being provided for the Entry to be posted on the Blog, http://www.brightsideofnews.com, and other Sponsor websites. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry.

By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor as well as the Blog may obtain many Entries under this Contest and that such entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsor or submitted for other reasons on the Blog, and entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any composition and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Sponsor or the Blog (or their respective designees) may be similar to his/her Entry.  

JUDGING:  All eligible Entries received for the Blog will be judged by the author of the Blog based equally on the following criteria: originality, creativity and relevance to current trends and technology news topics (the “Judging Criteria”). The two (2) Entries with the highest scores for the applicable Monthly Entry Period, as determined by the Blog author in his/her sole discretion, will be deemed the Grand Prize winners for that Monthly Entry Period, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Entries from one Monthly Entry Period’s judging will carry over into any subsequent Monthly Entry Period’s judging. In the event of a tie for any Monthly Entry Period, an additional, “tie-breaking” judge will determine the winner(s) for that Monthly Entry Period based on the criteria listed herein. Sponsor and Blog author reserve the right not to award all prizes for any Monthly Entry Period, if, in their sole discretion, they do not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries for that Monthly Entry Period. Prize awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Judges’ decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest.  Potential Grand Prize winners will be notified by email and may be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility (and, if a legal resident of Canada, a Declaration), Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law), which must be returned within seven (7) days of date appearing on prize notification. Return of prize or prize notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability to contact a potential winner within a reasonable time period, or noncompliance with these Official Rules will result in disqualification and the prize may be awarded to the runner-up for the Monthly Entry Period at issue. 

PRIZES:

Grand Prizes (6) (2 per Monthly Entry Period): A 1TB FreeAgent GoFlex External hard drive. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $89.99 USD ($90.26 CAD) each. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. No substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent of prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. Any and all federal, state and local taxes on the prizes, and any other costs, fees, and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not explicitly stated herein as being awarded, are the sole responsibility of the winner. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. 

GENERAL:  By participating, each entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor and Blog author, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Bright Side Network Inc., Blog author, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, dealerships, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any awarded prize; and (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/video, tip, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from  entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. 

OWNERSHIP/USE OF ENTRIES:  By submitting an Entry, each entrant agrees Sponsor shall own the Entry submitted (including the copyright thereto and all rights embodied therein) and that it and its designees may exploit, edit, modify, and distribute the Entry and all elements of such Entry, including, without limitation, the names of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised (including on the Blog), worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to entrant or any third party. 

Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled tips, posts or entries; 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 or judging of questions, comments, posts or Entries, the announcement of the prizes, 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 any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website.  Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Sponsor or Blog may disqualify anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s or Blog’s representatives. 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.  CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Sponsor and/or the Blog author reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend any portion of the Contest should causes corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest and, in the event of cancellation, to select the winner(s) for the Monthly Entry Period(s) at issue from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received for the applicable Monthly Entry Period up to time of such impairment using the judging procedure outlined above.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, Entry will be deemed to be from the authorized account subscriber of the e-mail address submitted at time of Entry, regardless of the name that appears on the official entry form and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber 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.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly consents to the Sponsor, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing, and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at http://www.seagate.com/www/en-gb/about/corporate_information/legal/privacy_statement/ (as may be updated from time to time) unless the entrant otherwise agrees to receive additional information from Sponsor.

Some of the personal information collected by Sponsor may be stored or processed on computers located in the U.S., whose data protection laws may differ from the jurisdiction in which you live. As a result, this information may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, or law enforcement in the U.S. according to laws in the U.S., Subject to applicable laws in the U.S., Sponsor will ensure that appropriate protections are in place to require the data processor in the U.S. to maintain protections on the personal information that are equivalent to those that apply in Canada.

You and the Sponsor waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules or the Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules or the Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party.

Request for Winners’ LIST: For the names of the winners (available after January 31, 2012) send a self-addressed, stamped, envelope by March 1, 2012  to: Your Storage Blog Contest Winners, c/o Seagate Technology LLC, 10200 De Anza Blvd, 4th Floor, Cupertino, CA 95014 . Canadian residents may omit return postage on winners’ list requests.

SPONSOR: Seagate Technology LLC, 10200 De Anza Blvd, 4th Floor, Cupertino, CA 95014.

ABBREVIATED RULES:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) WHO ARE OF LEGAL AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR JURISDICTIONS OF RESIDENCE (AND AT LEAST 18). Void in Quebec and where prohibited. Begins 9:00 a.m. PT November 1, 2011, ends 5:00 p.m. PT January 31, 2012. Subject to Official Rules, available at http://smb.media.seagate.com/2011/10/storage-means-business/official-rules-for-your-storage-blog-contest/. Sponsor: Seagate Technology LLC