BRIT AWARDS 2015 – BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR AWARD: LONGLIST VOTING INTERACTION INFORMATION & TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

Voting Stages:

There are two stages to the vote for the ‘British Artist Video of the Year Award’ (the “Award”) for the BRIT Awards 2015:

1. Stage One:  The first stage of the vote will commence at 22.43 (GMT) during the programme ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ (“Programme”) on Thursday 15 January 2015, or as otherwise announced on social media or in the Programme. During Stage One, registered users of Twitter may vote for the nominee(s), from an initial longlist of ten (10) acts (as shown during the Programme and on social media), that they wish to win the Award. There are five separate voting periods during Stage One.  Each Friday (from 23 January until 20 February 2015), the nominee with the fewest votes will be eliminated.  So by 20 February 2015, five (5) final nominees will remain who proceed to the second stage of the vote.  

2. Stage Two: The second stage of the vote will commence and conclude on Wednesday 25 February 2015 during the programme ‘The BRIT Awards 2015’, unless otherwise announced on social media or in the programme. During Stage Two, registered users of Twitter may vote for the nominee(s) from the shortlist of five (5) acts (as shown during the programme) that they wish to win the Award. The nominee who receives the most votes during Stage Two will win the Award. 

The Voting Interaction Information & Terms and Conditions outlined herein shall only apply to Stage One of the vote.  

Voting method and cost:

Registered users of Twitter may vote for the nominee(s) from a longlist of ten (10) acts as shown on the Programme that they wish to win the Award by the following method:

Twitter:  In order to submit your vote via Twitter, log into your Twitter account and “Tweet” the designated hashtag (as announced on social media or in the Programme) that corresponds to your chosen act.  You are allowed one vote for each act during each voting period in Stage One. This means that you can vote for more than one act in any voting period by Tweeting up to all of the relevant hashtags.  If multiple hashtags are included in one Tweet, a space must be included between each hashtag; if no space is included, the Tweeted hashtags that are not correctly spaced will not be counted as votes.  Votes will not be accepted where hashtags are misspelt, abbreviated, lengthened or differ in any way from the designated hashtags announced in the Programme.  Retweets will be disregarded.  If your Tweet is deleted before the relevant voting period ends, your Tweet will still be counted.  Only public Tweets will be counted.  There is no charge for submitting your vote via Twitter although internet service provider’s fees may apply when accessing the internet.  Please ask permission of the internet account holder.

Your vote will not be counted if you attempt to vote using a method that is not specified in these Terms and Conditions.  

Opening/closing times:

There are five voting periods during Stage One, which will open and close as follows (unless otherwise announced during the Programme or on social media): 

Period 1 opens at 22.43 (GMT) on Thursday 15 January and closes at 12.00 (GMT) on Friday 23 January 2015;
Period 2 opens at 15.00 (GMT) on Friday 23 January and closes at 12.00 (GMT) on Friday 30 January 2015;
Period 3 opens at 15.00 (GMT) on Friday 30 January and closes at 12.00 (GMT) on Friday 6 February 2015;
Period 4 opens at 15.00 (GMT) on Friday 6 February and closes at 12.00 (GMT) on Friday 13 February 2015; and
Period 5 opens at 15.00 (GMT) on Friday 13 February and closes at 12.00 (GMT) on Friday 20 February 2015.

At the close of each voting period, the votes received during that period will be counted and the nominee with the fewest votes will be eliminated.  The vote count will be reset to zero before the next voting period commences.  Votes received outside the specified opening and closing times for the vote will not be counted. 


Voting results:

The Promoters (as defined below) do not have a say in the outcome of the vote.  Subject to the Contingencies outlined below, the act who receives the fewest votes during each voting period will be eliminated.  By 20 February 2015, five (5) nominees will remain who proceed to the second stage of the vote.   

It is intended that the result for each voting period will be announced on social media and on www.brits.co.uk.  


Contingencies:

If the Stage One vote is cancelled before it is opened because of a technical failure or other circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the Promoters, their agents or sub-contractors, then the Promoters may (in their sole discretion) run a new Stage One vote as soon as possible.       

If during the Stage One vote the outcome of the vote in any voting period cannot be reasonably determined by 14.59 (GMT) on the relevant Friday because of a technical failure or other circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the Promoters, their agents or sub-contractors, then all nominees in that voting period will be carried over into the next voting period, and two nominees will be eliminated in that next voting period. 

In the event of a tie in the vote for the last two places in the first voting period in Stage One, the nominee who will proceed to the second voting period will be chosen by Peter Davey and representatives of BRIT Awards Limited (to include at a minimum Maggie Crowe, Peter Davey, Ged Doherty and Geoff Taylor).  Their decision will be final.

In the event of a tie in the vote in any of the voting periods in Stage One except the first voting period, a “count back” will be performed to see which nominee gained the least votes over the previous voting periods.  Whichever nominee gained the least votes in aggregate will be eliminated.

 
General:

If you are found to be using multiple Twitter accounts to vote, your votes may be discounted.  Viewers must abide by the rules of Twitter when participating in the vote. 

The Promoters reserve the right to discount votes if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting or voting which is designed to unfairly influence the outcome of the vote has occurred (including certain bulk voting).  The Promoters reserve the right to discount votes which are not submitted in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  

Where circumstances outside the reasonable control of the Promoters make it unavoidable, the opening and closing times may be changed and the Promoters may suspend, withdraw or re-set voting at its sole discretion at any time. The Promoters may also without notice in their sole discretion at any time change the rules for participating in the vote and/or the availability of the voting service.  Any updates will be announced on the Programme or posted on www.brits.co.uk.  

The Promoters, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies do not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded. 
 
The Promoters cannot promise that the Twitter monitoring process will be free from errors or omissions nor that it will be available uninterrupted and in a fully operating condition.  The systems and/or services may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons beyond the Promoter’s reasonable control.  The Promoters will not be liable to any person in the event that all or any part of the systems and/or services are discontinued, modified or changed in any way. 
 
Votes must not be sent in through agents or on behalf of another person, and viewers cannot submit votes as an agent of any other person. The Promoters reserve the right to discount votes if they have reasonable grounds to suspect they have been made from unofficial third party voting services or otherwise in breach of any applicable terms and conditions.

If for any reason there is a discrepancy between the hashtags advertised on air and those given on any other platforms then the hashtags on air will prevail and the vote shall proceed on that basis.

Please note it is not possible to vote via any method not stated in these Terms and Conditions.

You must comply with Twitter terms and conditions available at twitter.com/tos.

Public information that you post on Twitter, including your public user profile information and public tweets, is broadly and instantly disseminated by Twitter.  Please see Twitter’s Privacy Policy for more details - twitter.com/privacy.  

Your vote, which may contain personal data relating to you (e.g. in the form of your public user profile), will be processed by the Promoters and selected third parties for the purposes of determining the winner of the vote and related vote analysis only, and will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and in accordance with ITV’s privacy policy at www.itv.com/privacy
 
These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.  By voting you are accepting and consenting to these Terms & Conditions.
 
Queries/Complaints:
 
If you have any problems with voting or any query or complaint, you may email us at britswebmaster@bpi.co.uk giving the following information:
 
1.       Your email address;
2.       The IP number of your computer and your internet service provider, where relevant;
3.       The date(s) and time(s) when you experienced problems;
4.       The nature of the problem you have been experiencing; and
5.       A contact telephone number you can be reached on if necessary.

Promoters: BRIT Awards Limited, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JA (Company No: 03405116) and ITV Consumer Limited, The London Television Centre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9LT (Company No: 02937518).

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