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Guidelines and Rules

Last updated 07.30.13

These “Guidelines and Rules” govern your submission of a video, audio, or written entry (“Entry”) to Center for American Progress Action Fund’s (“CAP Action”) Stories for Progress project. By uploading or sending an Entry to the Stories for Progress website, you agree to these Guidelines and Rules and CAP Action’s Terms of Use. Additionally, your submission is governed by CAP Action’s Privacy Policy.

Please note that we reserve the right to update or modify these Guidelines and Rules without advance notice by posting a revised Guidelines and Rules to this website. Visitors can determine whether the Guidelines and Rules have been modified since your last visit by checking the “Last updated” legend posted at the top. By using this website, you agree to be bound by the version of the Guidelines and Rules then in effect. If at any point you no longer agree to these Guidelines and Rules, please alert contact us at [email protected].

License and Rights

By submitting an Entry, you grant CAP Action and its respective agents an unlimited, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, unconditional, gratis license and right to edit, modify, adapt, distribute, stream, post, publish, broadcast, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publicly display, exhibit, and or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) the Entry and all elements thereof, in whole or in part, including any persons or likeness embodied therein, and may use it in any and all media, now or hereafter devised.

Please note that this license means that we may share your submission with affiliated organizations.

You represent and warrant that the Entry is your original work and has been legally created, or that you have the right to grant a license to CAP Action in the manner described herein. You represent and warrant that publication of the Entry via various media including Web posting, will not infringe on any third party rights, including copyright, trademark, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights.

Additionally, you represent and warrant that you are not knowingly hiding or falsifying your proper legal identity, submitting untrue, false, or otherwise misleading materials, or otherwise engaging in deceptive or misleading actions with regard to your submission and participation.

Your Entry must not contain brand names or trademarks, unless authorized. Your Entry must not contain music, photos or artwork not created by you, unless authorized. You represent and warrant that you have obtained permission from all persons whose name, likeness, talent, or voice is used in the Entry, or the permission and signature of their legal guardian or parent, if applicable. A sample personal release form can be found here and a sample copyrighted material release form can be found here.

Upon CAP Action’s request, you must provide a signed written personal release, license, assignment, or other proof showing that you have the aforementioned rights and authorizations. Additionally, you agree to sign all additional legal forms deemed necessary by CAP Action to establish CAP Action’s right to display your Entry.

Although CAP Action is not under any legal or contractual obligation to do so, CAP Action reserves the right to review and/or edit any and all Entry elements for any reason.


Should you at any time prefer that CAP Action no longer display your Entry, you may contact us at [email protected] with your request. CAP Action will make an effort to accommodate any such request, but cannot guarantee or warrant that such a request will be honored.

You understand and agree that your Entry may be posted online and viewed by other people.


You acknowledge that once an Entry is uploaded or sent to CAP Action that it is considered final and will not be returned. However, if you contact us at [email protected] we will make an effort to accommodate your request that your video be taken down. You acknowledge CAP Action has no obligation to use or post your submitted Entry. You agree that CAP Action, in its sole discretion, may remove your Entry at any time and for any reason, including if it believes, in their sole discretion, that your Entry fails to conform to these Guidelines and Rules.

You represent and warrant that you will indemnify and hold harmless CAP Action, including its affiliates, and their current and former directors, trustees, officers, staff members, assignees, agents, and licensees, from any claims and damages (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from or relating to the breach or alleged breach of your representations and warranties herein, your Entry, or your conduct in creating your Entry or otherwise in connection with this project.

CAP Action is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed, inaccurate or misdirected Entries, Entries not uploaded in accordance with instructions, or Entries not received for any reason; all of which will be disqualified. CAP Action reserves the right to, but are not obligated to, monitor/screen entries prior to posting them. Any waiver of any obligation hereunder by CAP Action does not constitute a general waiver of any obligation to you or required of you.

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