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OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

The following rules apply generally to all SecretBuilders contests. However, since SecretBuilders has a number of different contests, at times certain rules will not pertain or additional or different rules may apply. If those circumstances are not noted in these rules, then they will be announced in a separate set of written rules.

  1. NAME OF SPONSOR(S)
    SecretBuilders.com, a company of Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as "Sponsor"), 1900 South Norfolk Street, Suite 219, San Mateo, CA 94403, www.SecretBuilders.com.
  2. CONTEST DATES
    Contest Dates: See each contest for specific dates and entry Deadlines. The Contest Period will begin on 11:59 AM on the first day of the contest and end at 8:00 PM on the last day of the contest (the "Deadline"). All entries must be received by the Deadline to be eligible to win a prize. All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST). Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for illegible, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or stolen entries.
  3. ELIGIBILITY or WHO MAY ENTER
    SECRETBUILDERS IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS CONTEST, WHICH IS GOVERNED BY UNITED STATES LAW IS OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT ARE OF ANY AGE ("ENTRANTS"). IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT OF THESE AREAS AND/OR YOU ARE NOT EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE. YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED USER OF SECRETBUILDERS TO ENTER A CONTEST. If you are not registered with SecretBuilders, simply click on "Not Yet a Member: Register Now" on the home page. SecretBuilders does not collect any personal information that can be used to identify users. All you need to register is an email address and username (if you are under 12, you must provide a parent's email address). If you are under the legal age of majority in your state of residence (a "Minor"), Entrants must have a parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter, and that such permission constitutes acceptance of these Contest rules on behalf of you and themselves. To be eligible to win a prize, entries must be completed and received by Sponsor in the format designated below in the "How to Enter" section of the Official Rules. Employees of Renaissance 2.0 Media and its affiliates and subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win any prizes. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Offer void where prohibited. In the event of any dispute, entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the e-mail address from which the e-mail was sent.
  4. HOW TO ENTER
    Go to SecretBuilders home page and click on "Contests". Current contents are listed on the SecretBuilders Contests page. After logging in to your account, you can enter contests by clicking on the "Trophy Icon". A list of current SecretBuilders contests appears. Simply click on the contest you would like to enter and read the directions on what the contest involves. All contest submissions must be made online through the SecretBuilders website. No other entries will be accepted. Depending on the type of contest, online submissions can be made in one of following three ways:
    1. Entering text directly into the online submission form provided,
    2. Coloring artwork online and submitting it, or
    3. Uploading content from you computer using a "browse and upload" feature.

    Please limit your entry to one submission per day, per person. All entries should be from individuals; no group entries are permitted.
    Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, miscommunications, failed phone or computer hardware or software or telephone transmissions or technical failures, garbled or jumbled transmissions or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic; including without limitation the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry information online, or for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, misdirected, or illegible submissions. Entry Materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void.

  5. ORIGINAL WORK OF AUTHORSHIP
    Entry Materials can either be works of authorship specifically created for the contest or prior works of authorship created in school. You hereby warrant and represent that (a) you own all rights to all Entry Materials submitted by you; and (b) all such Entry Materials are original works of authorship on your part and have not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work and do not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other person or entity. A submission that modifies, enhances or alters a third party's pre-existing work does not qualify as original works of authorship.
    Obscene, provocative, indecent, offensive or otherwise objectionable content will not be considered, and such determination is solely at the discretion of Sponsor.
  6. SELECTION OF WINNERS
    A qualified panel of judges will judge eligible entries equally on the basis of sustained writing or art ability (25%), topic creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%). Depending on the contest, one (1) Grand Prize Winner and two (2) Runners-Up will be selected. In the event of a tie, the winning entry will be the entry among the tied entries with the highest score in the criterion of overall excellence. Sponsor reserves the right to choose fewer than two Runners-Up if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. Potential Winners will be notified by phone and/or mail. Decisions of Sponsor and Judges are final and binding in all respects.
    Sponsor, in its sole discretion, shall choose the winners from all Entrants who have submitted an entry prior to the Contest Deadline. Winners shall be chosen by Sponsor at its sole discretion based upon the above states selection criteria. The decision of Sponsor is final. To claim a prize, winners should follow the instructions contained in their notification.
  7. PRIZES
    ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Prize Winners must execute an affidavit of eligibility before they can receive their Prize. Prizes returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within fifteen (15) days after delivery of notification will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Winner.
    All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion. Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any Prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Prize of equal or greater value for any Prize. Limit one Prize per household or address. All Prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).
    Sponsor reserves the right not to award all Prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsor and Judges in their sole discretion.
  8. DISCLAIMER
    Sponsor, all participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.
  9. RESPONSIBILITY
    All legal responsibilities of an Entrant under these Official Rules will be assumed by the Entrant's parent or legal guardian if they are under the legal age of majority in your state of residence (a "Minor").
  10. GENERAL CONDITIONS
    By submitting an entry, Entrants (a) acknowledge compliance with these rules, including all eligibility requirements; (b) agree to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsor and Judging Panel, which shall be final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest.
    The submission of materials to Sponsor is solely the responsibility of the Entrant. Contest Entrants assume all risk of loss, damage, destruction, delay and misdirection of materials. Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, damaged, lost or stolen entries. Released Parties are not responsible for errors of any kind, which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, or the processing or judging of entries. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to terminate, modify, cancel or suspend this Contest (or any portion thereof), should fraud, or any errors, or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper conduct of the Contest. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these rules, or the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California without regard to conflicts of law principles. All participants consent to the jurisdiction and venue of California.
  11. SPONSOR USE OF ENTRIES
    You hereby agree that in consideration of your being allowed the chance to enter the Contest, you hereby grant SecretBuilders, a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide license and right to utilize the Entry Materials that you submit to Sponsor in connection with the Contest. The Entry Materials will not be returned to any entrant. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge that Sponsor shall have the right to use, modify, reproduce, publish, perform, display, distribute, make derivative works of and otherwise commercially and noncommercially use the Entry Materials in perpetuity, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed, without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity.
  12. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
    Contest submissions require Entrants to only enter their e-mail address and 'screen name' during login. This information, any other information that may be required, such as mailing address, will only be used to contact Entrants in the event that they are chosen as a Winner to receive a prize. Sponsor will not sell, rent or otherwise transfer this information to any third party, nor will Sponsor use this information for marketing purposes without your consent.
  13. GENERAL RELEASE
    By entering the Contest, Entrants (and their parents or legal guardians) release Sponsor, participating sponsors and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
    By submitting an entry, Entrants agree, and agree to confirm in writing (if requested), that Sponsor and its designees shall have the right to use your name, entry, likeness, voice, statements and biographical information, in connection with this Contest (including, without limitation, if you are a winner, announcing you as such on www.SecretBuilders.com), and the advertising, marketing and promotion thereof, without additional compensation, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  14. LIMITATIONS
    Entries must be the original work of authorship of the Entrant, must not infringe upon third party rights, nor previously have won awards nor have been published. Contest is open to all registered SecretBuilder uses; however, only to children 18 years of age or younger are eligible to win prizes. Employees of the Sponsor or its parent and affiliated companies are ineligible. The Sponsor is not responsible for inaccurate, fraudulent, incomplete, stolen, lost, illegible or late entries, each of which will be disqualified. Void where prohibited or restricted by law, and subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  15. PRIVACY
    Sponsor takes the privacy of users of its website very seriously. All that is needed to register with SecretBuilders is an e-mail address and username (if you are under 12, you must provide a parent's email address). If you are under the legal age of majority in your state of residence (a "Minor"), Entrants must have a parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter, and that such permission constitutes acceptance of these Contest rules on behalf of you and themselves. Any private information that may be collected, such as mailing address, will solely be used to contact Winners and to ship prizes to the correct address.
    Sponsor will NEVER use Entrant's personal information for promotional purposes, such as to send you information, samples or special offers it thinks may be of interest to you about its business or other complimentary goods and/or services offered by Sponsor, or other affiliated companies.
  16. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
    Except where prohibited, by participating Contest Entrants agree that: all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Sponsor and their agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest, or awarding of the prizes, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of California and Entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Contest, Entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Contest but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.
  17. COPYRIGHT NOTICE
    The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright 2008 Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc. and www.SecretBuilders.com. All rights reserved.
  18. MICSELLANEOUS
    The Contest and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the United States. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Contest or any Entrant's participation in the Contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor's control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Contest or Sponsor otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Contest as planned. Entrants who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Contest or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Contest or any other Entrant (in each case as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Contest. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Contest, please e-mail them to contestrules@ren20.com or send written questions to, SecretBuilders, "Contest Rules", c/o Renaissance 2.0 Media, Inc., 1900 South Norfolk Street, Suite 219, San Mateo, CA 94403.

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