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Official Rules for Your #DatelineTime Contest

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:  No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. The Your #DatelineTime Contest (“Contest”) will begin on January 11, 2013 at 9:01 P.M. ET and end on January 25, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. ET (“Contest Period”).  All times in the Contest refer to Eastern Time (“ET”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible Entries (as defined below) received.  Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States (“U.S.”) residents who are physically residing in one (1) of the forty-eight (48) continental U.S. or the District of Columbia (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories), and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the start of the Contest Period. Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and their spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest.  Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112 (“Sponsor”), and its respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest.

TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period go to www.twitter.com (the “Twitter Website”), and (a) if you already have a Twitter account, log in using your Twitter user name and password; or (b) if you do not already have a Twitter account, create a free Twitter account according to the instructions on the Twitter Website. Please note that you must agree to comply with the Twitter Terms of Use in order to create a Twitter account.

Once you have logged into your Twitter account, you will be required to submit one (1) of the following in order to enter the Contest:(a) one (1) statement ("Statement") of one hundred and forty (140) characters or less that briefly describes one (1) of the following: “How do you know it’s #DatelineTime” or “How do you get ready for #DatelineTime” (each a “Theme”) and the hashtag “#DATELINETIME” ("Statement Entry"); or

(b) one (1) photograph (“Photo”) on one (1) of the Themes and the hashtag “#DATELINETIME” (“Photo Entry”). You must submit Photo online through the Twitter Website according to the provided instructions on the Twitter Website. All Statement Entries and Photo Entries (collectively, “Entries”) become the property of Sponsor, and will not be acknowledged or returned. Your Entry should include “#DATELINETIME”, or your Entry may not be valid. Statement must be in English, and must be original and written by you. Photo must have been taken by you, and professional Photos and Photos with watermarks are not eligible.

Entries must be received before January 25, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. ET to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsor's computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest. Limit one (1) Entry per person per day during the Contest Period. Multiple Entries received from any person or Twitter account beyond this limit will void all such additional Entries. For purposes of these Official Rules, a “day” will start at 12:00:01 AM ET and end at 11:59:59 PM ET. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including, but not limited to, computer or network malfunction or congestion, are void and will not be accepted. In case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the person who is assigned to a Twitter account by the Twitter Website. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant's name, Twitter user name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval.

You must submit a Photo or Statement (collectively referred to herein as “Submissions”) as part of your Entry to enter and be eligible for the Contest. The Submissions must be true and verifiable. You must have the permission of any person that you identify or otherwise refer to in your Submissions. If any Submissions contain material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive, or if any Submissions do not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsor's standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, such Submissions (and the related Entries) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration and/or deleted from the DATELINE NBC Twitter page. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Sponsor shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Submissions. By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsor the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Submissions and to incorporate the Submissions in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval. Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsor and that the Sponsor’s reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Submissions will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract.

JUDGING: A panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor (“Judges”) will review the eligible Entries received during the Contest Period and select fifty (50) potential winners (“Winners”) on or about February 1, 2013 based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Originality (50%) and Creativity (50%). In the event of a tie, the Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied entrant who received the highest points from the Judges for Originality as the potential Winner. In the event a tie remains, the tied Entries will be judged by an additional tie-breaking judge, using the Judging Criteria, to determine which of the tied entrants will be the potential Winner. Decisions of Sponsor and Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Contest. Winning is subject to verification of eligibility. Sponsor reserves the right to pick fewer than fifty (50) Winners, or to extend the Contest Period if in its sole discretion, Sponsor does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries. Each potential Winner will be notified via direct message to each potential Winner’s Twitter account. Potential Winners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability, and, except where prohibited, publicity release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) within seven (7) days of such notification.  Noncompliance within this time period, with these Official Rules or the return of or inability to deliver any Prize (defined below) or Prize notification may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor's sole discretion, and time permitting, an alternate potential Winner may be selected from among all remaining eligible Entries based on the Judging Criteria.          

PRIZE: There will be fifty (50) prizes awarded (“Prizes”), one (1) Prize to each Winner. Each Prize will consist of the following: one (1) blue, fleece SnuggleMe blanket embroidered with the Dateline NBC logo. Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of each Prize is twenty-seven dollars ($27).  ERV of all Prizes is one thousand three hundred and fifty dollars ($1350). Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prizes may vary. Any difference between stated ERV and ARV will not be awarded.

All details of Prizes will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a similar Prize (or Prize element) of comparable or greater value. Prizes will be awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prizes are the sole responsibility of Winners. Prizes cannot be transferred by Winners or redeemed for cash and are valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prizes by Winners. If a Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsor, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible Entries based on the Judging Criteria. 

CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities, Twitter, and their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by Prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as a Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on www.DatelineNBC.com and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules.  Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsor, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsor to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsor (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules.  Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules).  In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsor reserves the right to select Winners in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension.  Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted at Website.  Sponsor may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Contest, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsor, or Sponsor’s agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion). 

DISPUTES:  The Contest is governed by, and will be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, and the forum and venue for any dispute shall be in New York, New York. If THE controversy or claim is not otherwise resolved through direct discussions or mediation, it shall THEN be resolved by FINAL AND binding arbitration administered by JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., in accordance with its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures or subsequent versions thereof (“JAMS Rules”).  The JAMS Rules for selection of an arbitrator shall be followed, except that the arbitrator shall be experienced and licensed to practice law in new york.  All proceedings brought pursuant to this paragraph will be conducted in the County of new york.  THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the names of Winners, available after February 8, 2013 send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by April 8, 2013 to: Your #DatelineTime Contest, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 924W-4, New York, NY 10112.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. Entrants are providing information to Sponsor and not to Twitter.