We're really excited to see it! Before you submit, check your design over one last time. Have you looked through all of the Open Squish requirements? Is it less than 10MB? Are you feeling pretty confident in the artwork and concept? If not, consider first posting it to the Squishable Facebook page or the Squishable Critique page to get feedback and ideas from your fellow fans! All set? Then let's do this!
Terms and Conditions!
Below are the full Open Squish terms and conditions! It's really important that you read through them before submitting! For serious! Want your own copy? View the TXT here.
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8. Design Contest Submissions
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If you submit artwork to Squishable (hereinafter the "Design") as part of a contest (such as Project Open Squish) or other solicitation of User Submitted designs, you acknowledge that you assign to the entire right, title, and interest in and to the copyright in your Design including the right to sue for past infringement and the right to further sublicense the Design, for its sole and exclusive use on and in connection with the Items. You also acknowledge that you waive all "moral" rights that you may have in and to your Design.
If a Design you submit is selected, Squishable may use the Design in any manner on or in connection with the Items, including but not limited to: producing products based on the Design, selling Items bearing images of the Design, changing or reworking the Design by making color or size changes, making derivative works of the Design, using the Design on the Squishable Website and on promotional material for Squishable, licensing the Design to a third party for any reason and registering the Design with the US Copyright Office in the name of Squishable.com, Inc. as the Claimant. You agree to provide Squishable with minimal information as may be required in order to register the copyright in the Design if Squishable so requests, at no cost.
If a Design you submit is selected, you may not use the Design (or derivatives of the Design) or allow others to use the Design (or derivatives of the Design) on any Items, as described above. In addition, by submitting a Design, you may not reproduce, sell, or submit the Design to others for any commercial purpose.
You acknowledge that the Design you are assigning to Squishable is your own original work, has not been previously published, and does not contain any trademarks, logos, copyrighted material, or any other intellectual property belonging to any third party, or any material, which Squishable in its sole discretion, deems to be profane or offensive. You also agree to indemnify and hold harmless Squishable against any legal action arising from any legal action brought against Squishable for copyright or trademark infringement involving the Design.
You acknowledge that Squishable reserves the right modify the Design or to decline to select a Design for consideration for any reason, at its sole discretion.
You acknowledge that you are 18 years of age or older and are able to enter into legally binding contracts in your jurisdiction.
If a Design you submit is selected for use by Squishable to make a 15” Squishable or large Comfort Food prototype, you will receive: a $500 check and a $100 Gift Certificate, good for use on the Squishable Website. If a Design you submit is selected for use by Squishable to make a Mini or Micro Squishable prototype, you will receive: a $250 check and a $50 Gift Certificate, good for use on the Squishable Website. If Squishable manufactures the prototype in more than one size, you will receive the check corresponding to the size produced for each size after the first. If the Design you submit is used in advertisements, sales materials, store displays, digital images or any other derivative work based on your design that is not a plush, you are not entitled to an additional payment. Payment will be sent within ninety (90) days after Squishable notifies you that the Design you submitted has been selected for production. You alone will be responsible for the payment of any tax that arises as a result of receiving payment from Squishable. In order to receive payment, U.S. persons must be able to furnish an IRS Form I-9 in order to receive payment. Pursuant to applicable U.S. law, payments under these terms will not be made to persons who reside in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) or to select persons who are prohibited from receiving such payments.
If a Design you submit is selected for use, Squishable will attempt to make a physical prototype of the Design, but reserves the right to refrain from manufacturing the Design into a Squishable product available for sale to the public. If a Design you submit is selected for use but is not manufactured for sale by Squishable, you will still receive the payment listed above for the size Squishable product we produce in prototype. You will also receive the final physical prototype if one is produced. In this case, Squishable still reserves all rights in the Design, including all intellectual property rights and the right to manufacture the product in any size at a later date.
Participants, who in the opinion of Squishable, do not comply with these Design Submission Legal Terms and Conditions, or for any other reason at Squishable's sole discretion, can at any time be excluded from consideration without notice.
The decision of whether or not to feature a Design in a contest is solely at the Squishable’s discretion. The decisions of Squishable are final and binding.
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