SKYPE #SKYPELOVE STORY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

February 14, 2013 at 12:27pm

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING

COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the Skype #SkypeLove Story Sweepstakes will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.

In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Skype Communications S.a.r.l. 23-29 Rives de Clausen, L-2165 Luxembourg , the Sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes Entrant.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY DATES?

This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on Feb 14, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm PT on Feb 28, 2013 (“Entry Period”).  

CAN I ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at the time of entry:

·        You are a registered Twitter account holder 18 years of age or older at the time of entry who has opted-in to “follow” Skype@Twitter.com  (“Entrant”); and

·        You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

o   PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.  

·        You are NOT an employee of Skype Communications  (“Sponsor”) or their respective parents, subsidiaries and agents; and

·        You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and

·        You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Sponsor or employee, or their respective parents, subsidiaries and agents

This Sweepstakes is void within the geographic areas described above and wherever else prohibited by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

HOW DO I ENTER?

To enter you must be registered for a Twitter account.  To register for a free Twitter account, visit www.twitter.com and follow instructions to become a Twitter follower of @Skype.

During the Entry period, log into your Twitter account and post a tweet describing your Skype love story.  You could explain how you fell in love over Skype, how Skype helps you stay connected to those you love, or about the everyday moments and major life events Skype helps you share with loved ones. .  By tweeting your story with the hashtag  #skypelove you will receive one Sweepstakes entry.   

Limit one Entry per person and Twitter ID.   Your Entry may be posted on a website for viewing by public visitors.  We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your Entry by visitors to this website.  While we reserve these rights, we are not obligated to use your Entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winner.

To be eligible, your Entry:

·        Must be your own original work.

·        Cannot have been submitted in any other prize promotion.

·        May only contain content for which you have all required consents and approvals.

·        Cannot include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people).  However you may include Sponsor trademarks, logos, music and designs, for which Sponsor grants you a limited non-commercial license to use for the sole purpose of creating and submitting an Entry into this Contest.

·        Must comply with all Twitter Terms of Use

·        Cannot contain, as determined by Sponsor, content that is sexually explicit, violent, derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, which violates any law, or which communicates a messages inconsistent with the positive good will to which we wish to associate 

We are not responsible for Entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for Entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

We will automatically disqualify:

  • Any incomplete Entry; and
  • Any Entries received in excess of the Entry limit.

By submitting an Entry, you agree to grant Sponsor an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, enhance or modify your Entry in marketing materials in all media now known or later developed,  including print, television and online without your prior approval and for no additional compensation.  By entering you further agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for Sponsors and its designees to make use of the rights you granted.

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

On or around February 29, 2013, we or an agent acting on our behalf, will randomly select four potential Grand Prize winners from among all eligible Entries received.   

(2) Grand Prize: A BelkinTablet stand.  Approximate Retail Value (ARV) each $59.99.  

 

ARV of all prizes $119.98

 

Potential winner will be notified via the email account provided at time of Entry within seven days following the random drawing. If the notification is returned as undeliverable, or if no response is received with in the specified prize claim deadline, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner, time allowing. If necessary, three alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded. Winner will be required to provide an active email address in order to be contacted for eligibility verification and prize award fulfillment. Limit one prize per person.

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to enter the Sweepstakes. If you are a potential winner, you will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, publicity release (unless prohibited by law), and tax documents (the “Documents”) within five (5) days of notification. If you do not complete the required Documents as instructed and/or return the required Documents within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.  

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:

  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and

  • You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and

  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and

  • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?

Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible Entries we receive.

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

  • To abide by these Official Rules; and
  • To release and hold harmless Sponsor and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
  • That Skype’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
  • That by accepting a prize, Skpe may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to randomly select a winner from among all eligible Entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.

If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law and we may ban you from participating in any of our future Microsoft promotions.

HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?

For a list of winners, send an email by March 15, 2013, with the subject line “Skype Love sweeps winners” to socialmedia@skype.net

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

Skype Communications S.a.r.l. 23-29 Rives de Clausen, L-2165 Luxembourg