If you are a guitarist who wishes they were a " signed/touring rockstar" and you long for that ever elusive record deal to become within touching distance. You should pause and think how you may be treated by the "major" labels. It's not all platinum records and champagne y'know.
While I was browsing I came across a site called www.ultimateshredder.com
. It's a competition to find th US's best shredder where you have to submit videos of your playing, PLUS it's backed by the famous Island/Def Jam label....at last "the majors"....sounds kinda cool eh?
Wait til you read what you agree to by sending in your video......
AND I QUOTE!
By submitting an Entry, each entrant (or, if a minor in his/her state of residence, his/her parent or legal guardian) agrees that to the following:
You represent and warrant that: (a) you have the full and exclusive right, power and authority to make the Entry and to grant Label the rights to the submission herein granted upon the terms and conditions set forth herein; (b) no part of the Entry has been published; (c) no rights in the Entry have been previously granted to any person, firm, corporation or other entity or otherwise exercised or exploited; (d) your Entry is in keeping with Label’s image and is not offensive, as determined by Label in Label’s sole discretion; (e) your Entry does 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 (i.e., no logos in any Entry); and (f) you will comply with the Submission Guidelines (as set forth below).
I LOVE THIS SECTION.....LOL!
You grant to Label and Label’s designees an exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sub-licensable right to exploit the copyright, publicity, and database rights you have in the submission, and any ancillary and subsidiary rights therein in any media now or hereafter known, with respect to the Entry, without any payment or other consideration of any kind. Label reserves all rights, including the right to edit, publish, use, adapt, exploit, modify or dispose of any Entry, the concepts embodied therein or any elements thereof, proper names, likenesses, addresses and locations, online, in print, film, television, or in any other media for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation or notification to you of any kind, except as prohibited by law.
You agree that Label and Label’s designees have the right, but not the obligation, to use your name, voice, photograph/video, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity, promotional purposes and any other purpose Label determines is appropriate in all media now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity, without compensation and without prior notice, approval or inspection.
You understand and agree that: (a) no confidential or fiduciary relationship is established by you making an Entry to Label hereunder; and (b) any Entry made by you hereunder shall not be returned to you; and such submission shall become the property of the Label.
This basicly means "We reserve the right to **** you in the ***and if we don't feel like it we ain't gonna give you squat..not even a name check"
Now are you still wishing you could get signed to the majors ??