How do we legally run an online contest for non-US participants?
March 27, 2008 3:50 PM Subscribe
How do you run an online contest for contestants from any country in the world
with real-world prizes (i.e. with $ value) and not spend tens of thousands of dollars on legal fees for compliance with each country's arcane rules? We had talked to lawyers before and they said you should limit to US participants only. The problem is half of our userbase is non-US and we don't want to exclude them. Any experience from anyone?
posted by oaklandj to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We saw that Crestock's contest was open to anyone in any country. We have no idea if they just bit the bullet and took the risk, or they decided to find a way to comply with any winners' home country rules, or there is a way to say something like "Void where prohibited; participants are responsible for making sure their entry complies with their local laws" and have that actually work. Lawyers have told us that doesn't really hold up.