Received a sweepstakes entry from what I would consider to be a well known national web presence, and source of good material on their fields of expertise.
I went to the sweepstakes sign up page and as I always do, actually read the terms and conditions before checkin that I agree.
Without naming them, but as a cautionary tale for others, the terms and conditions contain such nuggets as:
So even if you read and understand the rules, they can change them and if you don't happen to catch the change on the web page that you don't visit daily, you've already agreed to comply with whatever those changes are.
I can understand the caveat excusing them from editorial review of comments and the like submitted by others but since they are including content of their site, they are essentially saying you can't rely on what they post themself.
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So anything you submit becomes THEIRS for benefit purposes, buy YOU are liable for any problems with that same input.
There's more, as you might imagine, but those give you some examples of what may be hidden in those agreements that I'm guessing most folks say "Yeah, whatever…" and check the block without even a glance.