I believe it is this: http://www.ipvancouverblog.com/2010/08/promotional-contest-law-in-canada/What Canadian law are you referring to? I know of no such law that would prevent someone from winning a competition's prize....
Or were you being silly? Internets, can't tell...
Again, I see no reason as to why the FTB team can not continue with the awarding of prizes based on this. There is no "promotion of business" intent (unless you wish to argue that the contest would drive more traffic to FTB, but even then, that is a weak argument, as it was stipulated that the packs would be hosted on the FTB launcher, giving the pack creator a better chance of being seen/downloaded)INTERNET CONTESTS & PROMOTIONS
The Competition Bureau also takes the position that the promotional contest provisions of the Competition Act, as well as the general misleading advertising provisions, apply to Internet marketing and advertising. In this regard, the Bureau’s view is that special considerations may apply online to ensure that the required statutory disclosure for contests is met:
“Pursuant to section 74.06 of the Act, in contests designed to promote a product or business interest, adequate and fair disclosure must be made of certain information, including facts which materially affect the chances of winning. … The Bureau takes the position that all required disclosures must be displayed in such a way that they are likely to be read. In the context of representations made on-line, what is considered adequately displayed will depend on the format and design of the Web site. For example, a notice of a contest should not require readers to take an active step, such as sending an e-mail or placing a phone call, in order to obtain the required information. The Bureau does not consider clicking on a clearly labelled hyperlink as being an ‘active step.’”
Funny... Every forum I've been a part of that had any kind of giveaway has quoted this law as reason for Canada being exempt, many of which have full legal departments advising them (Warner Bros. for one). There are other countries where extra tariff/taxes have to be paid by the contest sponsor, that's another reason.Those laws are in effect for contests that involve purchases.
This is also referring to those annoying telemarketer calls that say you won a prize, you just need to go to a time share sales meeting to claim your prize.
This competition, though, had no point of sale for an entry to win, and I'm not sure about the prize description part. The chances of winning was not described, because there was no way of knowing the amount of valid entries. Was a prize actually stated in the original post?
Youtuber's do it all the time with free game give aways. Not once has VintageBeef ever had to stipulate that the contest was only open to residents in Canada (as he is one of us)
I'm going to guess the part you are referring to specifically is this:
Again, I see no reason as to why the FTB team can not continue with the awarding of prizes based on this. There is no "promotion of business" intent (unless you wish to argue that the contest would drive more traffic to FTB, but even then, that is a weak argument, as it was stipulated that the packs would be hosted on the FTB launcher, giving the pack creator a better chance of being seen/downloaded)
Again, this legislation is in regards to people/businesses that would use the claim of a prize to trick a "winner" into clicking a link, or signing a contract.
I can not see any legal reasons why a prize should be withheld on the grounds of "Blame Canada".
*Note* I should state that I have no real vested interest in the giving of prizes, as I did not enter, nor have I had time to play any of the entries yet. Hell, I haven't even taken the time to see Let's Plays of any of the custom maps since GenericB's Agrarian Skies.