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D(EFF)CONtest Official Rules

The D(EFF)CONtest is a contest to raise the most money for the Electronic Frontier Foundation between the start of the Contest and 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on July 4, 2012. Prizes will be awarded to the three registered individuals or teams who raise the most money for EFF according to these rules.

1. Registration

The contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are twenty-one years or older at time of registration. You may wish to support a team. A team must have a team captain, who is the online registrant and official recipient of any prize. However, the team captain may distribute portions of the prize to other team members. Employees, fellows and interns of EFF, their immediate families, and those domiciled with any of the foregoing are not eligible.

Contestants are required to register under a first and last name with email. Because of the competitive aspect of the Contest, these registered participant names (but not addresses) are purposely made visible and cannot be hidden. EFF supports online anonymity; however, this is not the program to anonymously support EFF.

2. Fundraising

This is a contest of your skills as a fundraiser. Only funds raised through your referral link as part of this Contest are eligible to count towards the total. Note that this process excludes mail-in donations. The referral link fundraising total will count only money actually received by EFF. It is not necessary for you to pay any fee or to personally donate to participate in this Contest.

All contestants must participate fairly, honorably and in a manner that reflects well on the contestant and EFF, as determined in EFF's sole discretion. For example, EFF will disqualify any person tampering or attempting to tamper with the contestant registration process or the operation of the donation web site. Contestants will also be disqualified for spamming or otherwise sending annoying or objectionable requests for donations, as determined in EFF's sole discretion. Please be cool.

3. Prizes

  • The First Place Prize consists of two DEF CON 20 Human badges; a standard suite at the Rio Hotel and Casino for the nights of July 26-29, 2012; two tickets to Vegas 2.0's annual party theSummit on July 26, 2012; two badges for the Ninja Networks Party, location and date TBD; and an EFF Swag Super Pack. The EFF Swag Super Pack will include EFF stickers, hats, and other EFF promotional items as determined in the sole discretion of EFF.

  • The Second Place Prize consists of two DEF CON 20 Human badges; two tickets to Vegas 2.0's annual party theSummit on July 26, 2012; and an EFF Swag Super Pack;

  • The Third Place Prize consists of one DEF CON 20 Human badge, and one ticket to Vegas 2.0's annual party theSummit on July 26, 2012; and an EFF Swag Super Pack.

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

The winner of the First Place Prize will be responsible for all incidental charges related to the room at the Rio Hotel, and may be required by the hotel to provide a credit card upon registration.

During the Contest, EFF may provide thank you rewards, such as t-shirts or swag, to each participant who fundraises at or over certain dollar levels, in its sole discretion. These rewards and their criteria will be announced on the Contest website.

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 Han shot first.

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