West Virginia State Bar Video Contest Rules — 2016 Competition


High School Division (grades 9 - 12)

Middle School Division (grades 6 - 8)

Background: This video contest allows participants to create a video on the subject of "The Magna Carta: What It Means Today." Video entries should highlight the Magna Carta.


  • High school division
    • First Prize: $500.00
    • Second Prize: $250.00
  • Middle school division:
    • First Prize: $500.00
    • Second Prize: $250.00

In addition, the first prize winner in each division will receive accommodations at the annual meeting of the WV State Bar, scheduled for April 3, 2016 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Each first prize winner and one family member will receive one nights accommodations, for one room, taxes included. Additional charges, such as meals, movies, etc, will be the responsibility of the winners. If winner is unable, or unwilling to attend, this portion of the prize will be voided. The winning entries will be shown during the annual meeting, and the winners will be able to introduce their video to those attending.



2000 Deitrick Blvd.

Charleston, WV 25311

ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to students who are residents of the State of WV. Persons under the age of 18 at the time of entry must receive their parents' permission, and provide written parental consent, before their entries are considered. Although students may collaborate on a video, the prize will be awarded to only the student named as the submittor.


Video entries will be accepted through February 8, 2016.

From among all entries in each division, the contest Sponsor, through its selected screeners and judges, will choose the winners based on: originality; creativity; adherence to the theme; and overall quality. The decision of the Sponsor is final, and the individual scores for each video will not be distributed.

Winners agree to comply with all terms and conditions contained herein and must fulfill all requirements to be eligible to win.

Winners may be required to provide proof that they are the authorized account holder of the email address associated with their entry, and that they meet age and residency requirements.

All entrants must submit their own work product.

Entries may not include copyrighted material (i.e. music, costumes, etc), without the entrant first receiving permission to do so, and providing Sponsor with a copy of said permission.

Use of copyrighted material in any submission without written permission/consent of the copyright holder is prohibited and will result in disqualification of the entry.  It is the entrant's responsibility to insure all necessary written permissions have been obtained.

Only one entry per student is permitted. No video shall exceed three (3) minutes in length.

Upon submission, entries become the exclusive property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.


The participant must not have granted any person or entity other than the Sponsor the right to use the video. Submitted videos will not be accepted, or eligible for prizes, if they include any content that contains, or appears to contain any of the following:

  • Explicitly profane or obscene material
  • Endorsement of or conduct indicating approval of illegal drug use, alcohol abuse, or other illegal activity
  • Nudity, profanity, or violence
  • Any express or implied commercial endorsement
  • Any derogatory characterization of any person or group based on age, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, marital status, mental or physical disability, citizenship, creed, national origin, physical appearance, political affiliation, union membership, or other unethical or unlawful factors
  • Depictions of any conduct, language, or other context deemed inappropriate by the Sponsor or judges

Judges will evaluate each video based on the criteria contained herein, and will review each based on societal acceptability.


Each participant is solely responsible for obtaining from all applicable individuals or entities any and all required rights, releases, consents, clearances, and licenses necessary to allow his or her video to be shown and distributed. These clearances include, but are not limited to:

  • Location releases
  • Releases from any person whose name, voice, likeness or persona is referenced, shown, or otherwise used in your video
  • If any individual depicted in your video is under 18 years of age, the submittor must obtain a release from said minor's parent or guardian. By submitting a video entry, participants warrant that the submitted video and all elements contained therein does not infringe on any copyright owned by another, and/or that the content of the video is within the bounds of the fair use doctrine. Participants also confirm that to the best of their knowledge, any statements made in the submitted video are true, and do not violate or infringe on the rights of third parties. The sponsor reserves the right (but not the obligation) to verify that all necessary clearances have been obtained, prior to selecting the video for a prize. Any submitted video lacking necessary clearances or releases may be disqualified.


By submitting an entry, participants agree to defend and indemnify the Sponsor, its principles, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the contest, or receipt or use (or misuse) of any prize.

Each participant agrees that the Sponsor may retain a copy of the submitted video, and releases the Sponsor from liability for any loss or damage thereto. Each participant also consents, approves and authorizes the Sponsor the right to use, broadcast, webcast, podcast, link to or from, syndicate, or otherwise exhibit or display the submitted video in its original or an altered form or format.

Each participant grants the Sponsor the unqualified, unrestricted, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and royalty-free right to use his or her name, logo, marks or other distinctive identification in connection with promoting or marketing the contest or its theme, and in future educational materials for attorneys or the public.

The rights described in these official rules begin immediately upon submission of a video, and continue indefinitely unless revoked, in writing, from the Sponsor to the participant. The Sponsor has no obligation to post or display any submitted video and may, in its sole discretion, remove any submitted video at any time.

This contest is governed by the laws of the State of West Virginia. Participants consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of this state, and agree venue is properly in Kanawha County, WV for any causes or controversies arising from this contest.

The Sponsor reserves the right to void entries it deems associated with electronic or non-electronic tampering.

Should technical or other difficulties arise that compromises the integrity of the contest, the Sponsor may cancel, modify, or suspend the contest without notice. In that case, the Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes from eligible entries received before the cancellation.

The Sponsor is not responsible for any technical malfunction or service outage related to the contest.