Conditions of participation

for the “Eco-Mission” competition run by the Goethe-Institut at

(Effective 09/20/2016)

Deadline for submission of competition entries:

1.1 The Goethe-Institut runs the “Eco-Mission” competition on its website

1.2 Participation is online on the internet only and is free of charge for contributors (with the exception of internet connection fees incurred by the contributor).

1.3 The period during which posts can be submitted under the terms of the competition ends Fri 09/30/2016, 23:59 pm.

1.4 Posts uploaded after 09/30/2016 will not be entered in the competition and will not be eligible to win. 

2. Participation

2.1 The act of participation constitutes an express declaration of acceptance of these Conditions of Participation on the part of the contributor.

2.2 Natural persons can participate.

2.3 The contributor can be an individual or a group with an unspecified number of persons.

2.4 Anyone who submits a post during the term of the competition in accordance with the conditions specified by the Goethe-Institut on the website and gives consent to the publication and editing of his/her post is deemed to be participating.

2.5 Current, past or future involvement in German courses run by the Goethe-Institut has no influence on the chances of success in the competition. Participation and chances of success are not dependent on the purchase of goods or services.

3. Implementation and execution

3.1 Participation and use of the website is conditional upon the contributor’s filling out the form on the website.

3.2 The Goethe-Institut reserves the right to remove any posts that are unlawful, defamatory or inappropriate in any other way, to edit posts and have them translated. Parts of the post that are publicly visible can be shared on social media (including Facebook and Twitter) and thus be rendered publicly visible on those platforms as well.

3.3 Prize: A jury consisting of Goethe-Institut employees will pick one  of the submitted posts. The prize for the winning post is an iPad.

4. Copyrights and personal rights

4.1 Contributors grant the Goethe-Institut the spatially and temporally unrestricted right to all known and unknown types of use pertaining to the post provided for the purpose of competition entry. In particular this includes the right to reproduce and distribute the post in printed format as well as on image or sound media, the right to make it publicly available on the internet including its use on social media networks (e.g. Facebook), and the right to exhibit it. The granting of rights of use is free of charge. The Goethe-Institut is entitled to grant the above-stated rights to third parties.

4.2 Contributors assure that the submitted post is free of third-party rights, in particular copyrights, ancillary copyrights or personal rights, and that they have the text and photo at their disposal. They shall as a matter of precaution indemnify the Goethe-Institut from all third-party claims derived from the statement that the above assurance does not apply. 

4.3 The Goethe-Institut is entitled to use the posts created by contributors, but is not obliged to do so. 

5. Liability

5.1 The Goethe-Institut assumes no liability for the loss or incompleteness of data provided by the contributor, unless the loss or incompleteness is caused by intent or gross negligence on the part of the Goethe-Institut or its employees. This also applies to the disclosure of information by third parties as a result of technical faults in the data transfer and/or unauthorised access.

5.2 In the event of liability for compensation on the part of the Goethe-Institut, the following liability exclusions and limitations remain unaffected by the other legal eligibility criteria as per Figure 5 of this document.

5.3 The Goethe-Institut assumes unlimited liability insofar as the damage is caused by intent or gross negligence.

5.4 Furthermore the Goethe-Institut assumes liability for the slightly negligent breach of substantial obligations, the breach of which jeopardises the purpose of this agreement, or for the breach of obligations whose fulfilment is essential to the proper performance of the competition in the first instance, and upon the adherence to which the contributors regularly rely. However in this event the Goethe-Institut is only liable for foreseeable damages specific to this type of agreement. The Goethe-Institut is not liable for the slightly negligent breach of obligations other than those detailed above.

5.5 The above-detailed liability limitations do not apply in the event of injury to life, body and health, for a defect after the assumption of quality guarantees for the quality of a product and in the event of maliciously concealed defects. Liability in terms of the product liability act remains unaffected.

5.6 Insofar as the liability of the Goethe-Institut is excluded or limited, this also applies to the personal liability of employees, representatives and agents of the Goethe-Institut.

6. Data protection

6.1 The Goethe-Institut will observe the statutory data protection regulations.

6.2 The contributors are in agreement with the storage, processing and transmission of data relating to them and entered by the Goethe-Institut for the performance of the competition insofar as this is necessary and appropriate for the performance of the competition. Personal Data is saved in copy on the server of an external service provider and exclusively processed for the purpose of performance of the competition.

6.3 Data will not be passed to a third party for other purposes.

6.4 Contributors are free at any time to request information as to which of their data has been stored by the Goethe-Institut. Contributors can revoke their consent to store data at any time and thereby withdraw from the competition.

7. Exclusion from the competition

7.1 Employees of the Goethe-Institut e.V. and their families are excluded from participation in the competition.

7.2 The following persons are excluded: (i) those who make false statements regarding their personal data, (ii) those who submit illegal material or material that contravenes the Conditions of Participation, or (iii) those who manipulate or otherwise abuse electronic devices created for the competition.

8. Premature termination of the competition

8.1 The Goethe-Institut points out that it is not possible to guarantee the availability and function of the competition. The competition can be terminated or removed because of external circumstances and constraints without claims on the part of the contributors against the Goethe-Institut. These circumstances can include organisational or technical problems (e.g. viruses in the computer system, manipulation or faults in the hardware and/or software). 

8.2 The Goethe-Institut is entitled to terminate the competition prematurely at any point without prior warning and without stating reasons. 

9. Final provisions

9.1 There can be no recourse to legal action with respect to the action of determining winners and the results thereof. 

9.2 The performance of the competition and the legal relationship of the persons involved in the competition complies with the law of the Federal Republic of Germany, regardless of the location from which a contributor takes part in the competition. With regard to consumers, this choice of jurisdiction only applies insofar as the protection afforded to the consumer by the statutory consumer protection regulations of the country in which he/she is usually resident has not been withdrawn. 

9.3 Should any individual provisions of these Conditions of Participation be or become invalid or not enforceable, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining conditions. 

9.4 These Conditions of Participation are available in German and English.  In the event of contradictions between the two language versions, the German version has priority.