Competition Rules

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEST: The Build the Best SynthaSite (“Contest”) is a contest in which entrants will tell SynthaSite why their Web site is the best site built using SynthaSite Builder. Based upon entries, SynthaSite will select a panel of finalists to be voted on by the SynthaSite community. Prizes will be awarded to those who submit the best entries as determined by the judges and SynthaSite community in accordance with these Official Rules.

2. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to participants who are 18 years of age or older. Employees of SynthaSite (“Sponsor”), its affiliates and subsidiaries, and participating prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family - defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside - and/or those living in the same household of each) are not eligible. You must also have access to the Internet and a valid email address in order to enter.

3. HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins at 12:01 A.M. Pacific Time (PT) Zone on October 29, 2008 and ends at 11:59 P.M. (PT) on November 30, 2008 (“Contest Period”).

4. THE SUBMISSION: Entrants may enter by submitting an application at
All entries must be in English. Registration or entries that are in any other language will not be considered. Entries that are lewd, obscene, pornographic, in violation of our Terms of Service, or disparage the Sponsor will be disqualified at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

5. JUDGING: All entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on the following equally weighted judging criteria: visual appeal of site, focused purpose, and/or innovative use of widgets. The panel of experts will select finalists, who will then be voted on online by the public. Voting will be limited to one vote per user, by means of cookie tracking. In the event of a tie, the two tying Web sites will be put back online for a final round of public voting and the Web site with most votes will be declared the winner. In the event that no winning entries are received, no prize will be awarded. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winners will be notified by email.

6. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: Winners will receive (a) a free SEO lesson, performed by SynthaSite CEO and SEO Expert Vinny Lingham, (b) $1000, (c) be featured in a SynthaSite press release, in the SynthaSite newsletter and posted to Vinny’s blog, and (d) be able to post a “Best SynthaSite” logo on the winning Web site(s) (collectively, the “Prize”). Awards will be announced no later than January 5, 2009. The approximate value of the Prize is $4,500. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the winner.

7. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for an item of equal or greater value in the event all or part of a prize becomes unavailable. Prizes are awarded without warranty of any kind from Sponsor, express or implied, without limitation, except where this would be contrary to federal, state, provincial, or local laws or regulations. ALL TAXES AND ANY APPLICABLE WITHHOLDING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Cash prizes will be awarded in US Dollars. All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Submission of entry into this Contest deems that entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. Return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Any potential winner who cannot be contacted within 15 days of attempted first notification will forfeit his/her prize. Potential prize winner(s) may be required to sign and return an Affidavit or Declaration of Eligibility, and Liability/Publicity Release within 14 days following the date of first attempted notification. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. As a condition of entry, participants agree that Sponsor shall have the right to use, copy, modify and make available the entry in connection with the operation, conduct, administration, and advertising and promotion of the Contest via communication to the public, including, but not limited to the right to make screenshots, animations and video clips available to the public for promotional and publicity purposes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ownership of and all intellectual property rights in and to the application shall remain with the participant. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for, and winners consent to, Sponsor and its agencies to use a winner’s name and/or likeness and entry for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Acceptance of the prize also constitutes permission for and agreement to participate in a case study regarding the Web site creation, and any success after the SEO lesson. To the extent permitted by law, entrants, agree to hold Sponsor, its respective directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Contest and/or use or acceptance of any prize won, except to the extent that any death or personal injury is caused by the negligence of the Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize. A participant may be prohibited from participating in this Contest if, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the participant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other participants, the Sponsor or associated agencies. In the event a winner/potential winner’s employer has a policy, which prohibits the awarding of a prize to an employee, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.

8. NO RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this contest are hereby excluded, and any participant expressly waives any and all such rights.
Participants agree that these Official Rules are governed by the laws of California, USA.

9. DATA PRIVACY: Participants agree that personal data, especially name and address, may be processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes and within the context of the contest and any other purposes outlined in these Official Rules. The data may also be used by the Sponsor in order to check participants' identity, their postal address and telephone number, or to otherwise verify their eligibility to participate in the Contest. Participants have a right to access, review, rectify or cancel any personal data held by the Sponsor by writing to Sponsor (Attention: Support) at the address listed below. If participant’s data is not provided, participants’ entries will be ineligible.

10. WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY: Entrants certify that their entry is original and that they are the sole and exclusive owner and right holder of the submitted entry and that they have the right to submit the Entry in the Contest. Each participant agrees not to submit any Entry that (1) infringes any third party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; or (2) otherwise violates applicable law. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each participant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Sponsor at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the participant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each participant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Sponsor at all times from and against any liability, actions, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses for or in respect of which the Sponsor will or may become liable by reason of or related or incidental to any act, default or omission by a participant under these Official Rules including without limitation resulting from or in relation to any breach, non-observance, act or omission whether negligent or otherwise, pursuant to these official rules by a participant.

11. ELIMINATION: Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any participant concerning identity, postal address, telephone number, ownership of right or non-compliance with these rules or the like may result in the immediate elimination of the participant from the Contest. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion infringes upon or violates the rights of any third part or otherwise does not comply with these official rules.

12. INTERNET: Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission. Sponsor is not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. Sponsor is not responsible for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof, except to the extent that any death or personal injury is caused by the negligence of the Sponsor. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Caution: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law.

13. If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

14. WINNER’S LIST: For a list of the finalists name and to vote on the winner, log onto winners’ names, log onto on or about December 8, 2008, available for a period of January 5, 2009, available for a period of up to 2 weeks. For winner announcement, revisit on or about January 5, 2009, available for a period of up to 60 days.

15. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is SynthaSite, 51 Federal Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94107.

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