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2012 Linux Foundation T-shirt Contest Rules and Guidelines

The Linux Foundation’s 3rd Annual community T-shirt design contest opened to entries on May 16, 2012. This year’s theme is “Inspired by Linux.”  The deadline for submissions was June 8, 2012 at 11:55 p.m. PT and voting begins June 20. 

How does Linux inspire you?

We invite you to take that kernel of an idea and turn it into an inspiring T-shirt design for the Linux community to wear proudly. The winning design will be sold in The Linux Foundation online store and the proceeds will go to support Linux and The Linux Foundation. Looking for more inspiration? Check out our contest video, below:


Official Contest Rules


The 2012 Linux Foundation T-shirt Contest (the “Contest”) has the theme “Inspired by Linux”, and is designed to give eligible participants (“Entrants” or “You”) the opportunity to take that kernel of an idea and turn it into an inspiring T-shirt design for the Linux community to wear proudly. The winning design will be sold in The Linux Foundation online store and the proceeds will go to support Linux and The Linux Foundation.  Prizes will be awarded in accordance with these Official Rules (the “Rules”).

  1.  Binding Agreement. In order to enter the Contest, you must agree to these Rules. Please read these Rules carefully to ensure you understand and agree to them. Any submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes agreement to these Rules.  You may not submit an entry to the Contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes described in these Rules unless you agree to these Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and The Linux Foundation with respect to the Contest.
  2.  Sponsor.  The Contest is sponsored by The Linux Foundation, an Oregon nonprofit corporation with a principal place of business at 1796 18th Street, Suite C, San Francisco, CA 94107.
  3.  Eligibility.  Persons 18 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the contest, except for employees of The Linux Foundation and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses).  The contest is void and residents ineligible where the Contest is prohibited or restricted by law.  The Linux Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who violates these rules, or in the sole discretion of the Linux Foundation is found to be cheating, intimidating other participants or voters, submitting false information, or otherwise tampering with the Contest process.
  4. How to Enter.  Submit your design by filling out the submission form. Please include your image file along with your name, address, phone number and a description of your entry.  To be entered into the contest, entrants must submit their entries by 11:55 p.m. on June 8, 2012.

Entries must be the contestant’s original design and must not have been previously published or distributed in any media.

The file must be no larger than 640x480 (.jpg, .png, .gif) and must be under 1MB in size. The winner will be required to provide a vectorized version (.svg, .eps, .pdf) of their design to print on the T-shirt.  It may be in any colors you like.

In your description, please tell us how Linux inspires you and explain the inspiration behind the design.  The design can depict literally or figuratively the events or ideas that get you pumped up for Linux. Let Linux be your muse.

Entries may not contain:

  • material that is derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, disparaging, libelous or contain any content that is inappropriate, indecent, sexual, profane, obscene or slanderous;
  • any third party advertising, slogan, logo, trademark or any content otherwise indicating a sponsorship or endorsement by a commercial entity;
  • words, graphics, and fonts for which you are not the copyright holder, or for which you do not have a license that permits re-licensing consistent with these rules.

The Linux Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant who submits an entry that does not meet these requirements.

5.  Selection of Winners. The Linux Foundation staff will choose the top 5-7 submissions from designs received by the deadline, based on artistic quality, creativity, originality, adherence to the Contest theme and adherence to these rules. The community, (i.e., registered members of, will then vote on the finalists to choose two winners. In the unlikely event of a tie, the winner will be decided by a committee of respected community members. Voters must be registered members of and must be logged in to vote. Only one vote per registered member is allowed.

First place will be awarded to the design that receives the most community votes and second place will go to the runner up. Winners will be announced on or around July 17, 2012. Finalists and winners will be notified via the email address submitted with the entry

6.   Intellectual Property Rights.  You agree that if your design is one of the finalists, you will license your design under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license, available at This allows anyone to use or share the design with proper attribution given to the original designer.  In addition, you will grant the Linux Foundation a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish, distribute, publicly perform, create a derivative work from, and publicly display the design for any purpose, with or without attribution.  You also agree to waive any moral rights in the work with respect to the Linux Foundations use of the work.  Entrant will notify the Linux Foundation immediately of any legal claims or allegations regarding the work.

7.   The Prizes.  The first place winner will receive $2,000 to be applied toward airfare, hotel and admissions to their choice of LinuxCon North America in San Diego, CA on Aug. 26 - 29, 2012, or LinuxCon Europe in Barcelona, Spain Nov. 5-7, 2012. Second place will receive $1,000 toward LinuxCon North America or LinuxCon Europe in 2012. The prize will be paid via reimbursement after travel receipts are submitted to Linux Foundation accounting.

8.   Taxes. AWARDS OF PRIZES TO POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT THEY SUBMIT TO THE LINUX FOUNDATION ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY THE LINUX FOUNDATION TO PERMIT IT TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL TAX REPORTING.  ALL PRIZES WILL BE NET OF ANY TAXES THE LINUX FOUNDATION IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO WITHHOLD. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL TAXES IMPOSED ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. In order to receive a prize, potential winners must submit tax documentation requested by The Linux Foundation or otherwise required by applicable law, to The Linux Foundation or the relevant tax authority, as determined by applicable law. The potential winner is responsible for ensuring compliance with all the applicable tax laws and filing requirements. If a potential winner fails to provide such documentation or comply with such laws, the prize may be forfeited and The Linux Foundation may, in its sole discretion, select an alternate potential winner.

9.   Publicity.  Entrants consent to The Linux Foundation using their name, photograph or other likeness, and/or hometown if they are a finalist.

10.   Privacy.  Entrants agree that personal data submitted with an entry, including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used by the Linux Foundation and its affiliates for the purposes of conducting, publicizing and/or administering the Contest. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to the transmission, processing, disclosing and storage of this personal data by the Linux Foundation and its affiliates.  Data in submissions will be governed by the Linux Foundation privacy policy, located at

11.   Miscellaneous.  All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry in the contest constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Any disputes that may arise in connection with the drawing shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of California without regard to the conflicts of laws principles of any jurisdiction. No part of this Contest or the rules shall be considered an offer or contract for employment.  Entrants agree that their submissions contain no confidential or secret information. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision.  If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. The exclusive venue for any such disputes shall be the state and/or federal courts located in the city and County of San Francisco in the State of California. 


  • May 16 - June 8: Contestants submit their designs
  • June 8: Deadline for submissions is 11:55 p.m., Pacific Time
  • On or about June 18: Finalists are announced and voting begins
  • June 29: Voting ends
  • July 5/6: Winners are notified
  • On or about July 17: Winners are announced

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