EFF's Tor Video Challenge is a contest (Contest) to create instructional short videos (Videos) showing how to set up a Tor relays on different operating systems or environments. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on July 5th, 2011. Prizes will be awarded to the creators of the best videos in each of the six categories, according to these Official Rules.

1. Eligibility

The contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are eighteen years or older at time of registration. Employees, fellows and interns of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), their immediate families, and those domiciled with any of the foregoing are not eligible.

2. Participation

This is a contest of your skills as a creator of an informative educational video explaining how to set up a Tor relay to a worldwide audience. Submitted Videos that meet the minimum standards will be judged by the a panel of experts selected by EFF in its sole discretion, according to the criteria below. It is not necessary for you to pay any fee or to donate to EFF to participate in this Contest.

a. How to Participate

To enter you must upload an original Video that you have personally created to a hosting site of your choice and send the link to activist@eff.org. This email must include a first and last name with your email address, and physical addresses where we can send your prize if you are the winner. If you wish to remain anonymous to the public, please let us know. You may submit a nickname, and EFF will endeavor to use the nickname for the public aspects of contest. Submitted personal information will be treated according to EFF’s privacy policy.

We suggest using a video sharing site such as YouTube, Vimeo, or blip.tv that allows you to attach a Creative Commons Attribution license to your Video. You may need to register with that site. Once you have created your Video, upload it to the hosting site of your choice and take the steps necessary to make it public and licensed as Creative Commons Attribution.

Videos may be submitted for the following categories: (1) Windows 7, (2) Windows XP, (3) Debian-based Linux, (4) Red Hat-based Linux, (5) Other Unix-based Operating Systems, and (6) Setting up Virtual Machines.

b. Minimum Standards

Sharable. As a condition of entry, you agree that EFF shall have the non-exclusive worldwide right, but not the obligation, to use, copy, modify and make available the Video, including, but not limited to the right to make the Video, and/or screenshots and video clips available on our website and social media sites for promotional and publicity purposes. You agree to license the Video pursuant to the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Notwithstanding the foregoing licenses, ownership of all intellectual property rights in and to the Video shall remain yours.

By submitting a Video, you certify that your Video is original and that you are the sole and exclusive owner and right holder of the original content. You further certify that any third-party material in the Video is properly licensed (such as pursuant to a Creative Commons license) or allowed by law (such as fair use), and that you have the right to submit the Entry in the Contest. You agree not to submit any Video that (1) infringes any third party proprietary, intellectual property, or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; or (2) otherwise violates applicable law in any countries in the world. You certify that you have obtained all necessary consents from any persons who appear or are referred to in the Video.

Format: the Video must be approximately four to six minutes in length, in English, and contain clear and intelligible video and audio.

Accuracy: the Video must accurately describe and explain how to set up a Tor relay for the relevant category. Any video that provides inaccurate information, as determined by EFF at its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If no accurate video is submitted for a given category, then EFF reserves the right to not award a prize for that category.

Be Cool. All contestants must participate fairly, honorably and in a manner that reflects well on the contestant, EFF and the Tor Project, as determined in EFF's sole discretion. Entries that are lewd, obscene, pornographic, or otherwise contain objectionable material may be disqualified in EFF’s sole and unfettered discretion. For example, EFF will disqualify any person who uses the Video Contest to abuse others. Contestants will also be disqualified for unlawful content, as determined in EFF's sole discretion. Please be cool.

b. Judging

    Videos will be judged by the panel of experts selected by EFF on three equally weighted categories:
  • Accuracy and clarity in describing how to set up Tor relays
  • Creativity and entertainment value
  • Promoting EFF values, especially anonymity and freedom of expression

In the event of a tie, prizes will be awarded to both contestants.

3. Prizes

A prize will be awarded to the winning Video, if any, in each category. The prize for each winning Video is one (1) custom Molly Crabapple poster showcasing How Tor Works. The poster will be signed by a set of EFF staff members. This is not an exclusive prize, and EFF reserves the right to provide signed Molly Crabapple posters to others.

Winners will be contacted via e-mail. No substitute prizes are available. However, EFF may, at its discretion, substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

4. Disclaimer

By participating in the Contest, you agree to release EFF and its employees, directors, officers, fellows, interns, staff dogs, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. You acknowledge and agree that EFF et al is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with the Contest, whether computer, network, technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the prizes, in any Contest-related materials, or that may limit prize fulfillment or a participant's ability to enter the Contest. EFF reserves the right to amend these official rules and to permanently disqualify from the Contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules.

5. Jurisdiction

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of California. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved exclusively by a state or federal court located in San Francisco, California.

6. Miscellaneous

All decisions of EFF regarding this Contest are final and binding in all respects.

By participating in this Contest, you acknowledge and agree that Tor relays are an indispensable tool for circumventing government censorship of Lolcats.