Submission Agreement


This website (this “Site”) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Utah corporation sole with its principal offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. (“we”, “us”, or a similar term). We are the publisher of the Liahona, For the Strength of Youth, and The Friend online and print magazines. By submitting any material to this Site, you as the submitter (“you” or a similar term) will be bound by this Submission Agreement (this “Agreement”).

1. License; Copyright Information

When submitting material to this Site, you agree that any personal information that you provide will be accurate, current, and complete.

You agree that when you submit any story idea, article, poem, photograph, text, work of art, music, or other material to this Site (the “Submission”), you are granting us an unlimited, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, and transferable license to reproduce, prepare derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, transmit, translate, adapt, edit (including, without limitation, for time and space considerations), arrange, recite, communicate, broadcast, publish, use as a basis for audiovisual works, incorporate in any other work, and otherwise exploit the Submission, in whole or in part, in any form, media, number, language, or technology now known or later developed; and to distribute and otherwise use (as described herein) your name, image, likeness, and any other personal information that you provide to us in connection with the Submission. You also grant us a right of first publication in that you agree not to publish or distribute the Submission or any derivative thereof (in whole or in part), or authorize others to do so, until we have first published the Submission.

You further waive and agree not to assert any and all moral rights in connection with the Submission, including any rights of paternity, attribution, integrity, disclosure, withdrawal, and any similar rights recognized anywhere in the world, including, without limitation, any rights arising under Section 106A of the U.S. Copyright Act (collectively “Moral Rights”). To the extent such Moral Rights cannot be waived or must be asserted under applicable law, and to the extent allowed by applicable law, you hereby ratify and consent to any action consistent with the terms of this Agreement that would violate such Moral Rights in the absence of such ratification or consent.

You acknowledge that we are not obligated to use the Submission or your name, image, likeness, or any other material or information you provide to us in any manner, including in any online or print publication. If you acquire any information suggesting that the Submission infringes the copyright or any other right of any other person or legal entity, you agree to immediately submit such information to us. You further acknowledge that we are under no obligation to keep confidential the contents of the Submission, your name, or any other information you provide us in connection with the Submission. Moreover, you acknowledge that nothing in this Agreement gives you the right to use our name or any of our copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property for any purpose.

We acknowledge that you continue to own your copyright to the Submission, subject to the unlimited license granted to us above. You agree that you have not and will not sell, license, or use the Submission (or any derivative or part thereof) in any way that would impair or restrict us from fully asserting the rights and licenses you have granted us or the waivers and obligations you agree to under this Agreement. Additionally, you agree that you will not at any time use (or allow others to use) the Submission in any manner that reflects negatively upon, or implies endorsement by, us or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Church”). You further agree that you will have no claim of any kind or nature against us, our sublicensees, or our affiliates based on our assertion of any rights, licenses, waivers, or enforcement of your obligations set forth herein. Moreover, we reserve any and all right to use any elements of the Submission that: (a) are not protected or protectable by copyright law or (b) are similar or identical to materials that were or are independently created by us (or by anyone else) without reference to you or the Submission.

If, upon our review of the Submission (at our sole discretion), we desire to use all or part of the Submission in any manner, such as in an online or print publication, we may, but are not obligated to, provide payment to you for the Submission. In such case, if you indicate at the time you provide the Submission to us that you would like to be considered for payment, we may contact you to discuss such payment prior to our initial publication of the Submission. If, as a result of such discussion, we do not agree with you on whether payment will be made and in what amount, we will not use or retain the Submission. If we provide payment to you, you agree that such payment will be full and complete consideration for all the licenses, rights, waivers, and obligations set forth herein. If you do not indicate at the time you provide the Submission to us that you would like to be considered for payment, or if you agree that no payment is required, then you agree that the opportunity to have us review the Submission for possible publication is adequate consideration for all of the licenses, rights, waivers, and obligations set forth herein.

2. Warranties; Privacy

You may not submit—and you warrant that you have not submitted—to us as part of the Submission any material that is prohibited by law in any applicable jurisdiction or to which you do not have the right to grant us the rights and licenses set forth in this Agreement. As examples, you warrant that the Submission: (a) was created by you or by your minor child on whose behalf you have submitted the Submission and that it is not owned, in whole or in part, by any other person or legal entity; (b) does not defame or violate any right of any person, including any right of publicity, personality, privacy, copyright, trademark, trade secret, contract, or any other right; (c) does not include any material that is obscene, offensive, or otherwise objectionable; and (d) does not include any material that is contrary to the standards of behavior taught by the Church. You also warrant that you have the right to grant to us all the rights and licenses, and that you have the right to agree to all the waivers and obligations, set forth herein. You further warrant that such licenses, rights, waivers, and obligations do not conflict with any right of any other person or legal entity or any of your obligations thereto. You also warrant that all factual assertions made in the Submission are true and complete.

You authorize us to collect, process, and transfer to other countries your personal information, as may be required for our and the Church’s purposes and in accordance with our and the Church’s privacy, record management, and confidentiality policies applicable in your jurisdiction. We and the Church will use this information to manage the Submission and to allow us and the Church to identify and contact you (and the Church’s local leaders assigned to the area in which you reside) as needed.

You warrant that you are either: (a) 18 years of age or older and the author of the Submission; or (b) that you are the parent or legal guardian of the author of the Submission (who is under 18 years of age); that you are submitting the Submission on the author’s behalf; and that you certify that: (i) you consent, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, to our collection and use of the Submission and personal information of the author as the author's legal guardian; (ii) you agree to indemnify us and our affiliates for any liabilities associated with later acts by the author in connection with the Submission, including, but not limited to, any attempt to disaffirm this Agreement at any point in the future; and (iii) you acknowledge and agree that you and all other legal guardians of the author will be bound by all provisions contained in this Agreement.

3. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold us and our directors, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, representatives, and affiliates harmless from any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, obligations, and liabilities, including attorneys' fees, arising out of or relating to your acts or omissions, including claims arising out of your breach of any warranty that you make in this Agreement.

4. General Information

Nothing in this Agreement will be deemed to create a partnership, employment, or agency relationship between you and us. This Agreement is the entire agreement between you and us related to your licensing the Submission to us. The terms of this Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Utah without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You agree that any dispute about the Submission that cannot be resolved by the parties to this Agreement through discussions will be settled exclusively in the courts located within the county of Salt Lake, Utah. If any provision of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement remain in full force and effect. You agree that in the event of any dispute regarding the Submission, you will be limited to your remedies at law for damages and will not be entitled to terminate or rescind this Agreement, or to seek equitable or injunctive relief, or to enjoin, restrain, or otherwise interfere with the exercise of the unlimited license and any other right you grant to us herein.

Updated 2022-08-05

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