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#HTLIVE INSTAGRAM/TWITTER SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

These Official Rules govern the #HTLive Instagram/Twitter Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") offered by Hot Topic, Inc. ("Sponsor”) Sponsor. Seven (7) prizes will be awarded, one (1) winner per month. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. PT on February 15, 2014 and ends on 11:59 p.m. PT on September 15, 2014 (the "Sweepstakes Period").

To enter: To enter you must be a member of Instagram or Twitter, at least thirteen (13) years old at the time of entry and a resident of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec). To become a member of Instagram or Twitter, download Instagram or Twitter on your mobile device and request membership. Membership to Instagram or Twitter is free. Before entering the Sweepstakes, the “Photos Are Private” option in the account settings on your Instagram or Twitter account must be set to “OFF”. During the Sweepstakes Period, you must follow @hottopic on Instagram or Twitter. To enter the Sweepstakes, take a live picture at a concert or use a photo you took at a concert (Must be an original photo taken by you. See Restrictions and Guidelines for more details) upload the original picture to your Instagram or Twitter account and tag #HTLive during the Sweepstakes Period. Sample entry: Of Mice & Men playing Self Help Festival! #HTLive (accompanied by a picture that shows Of Mice & Men performing or a selfie with Of Mice & Men performing in the background). Once you have uploaded a picture with the hashtag #HTLive, you will automatically receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. You may post as many pictures as you like during the Sweepstakes Period, each post will count as an entry as long as each picture is different.

Your entry must conform to the Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”).

Instagram/Twitter Content Restrictions:
Your Instagram/Twitter entry must not 1) contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;  2) disparage Sponsor  or any other person or party affiliated with the Sweepstakes;  3) contain brand names or trademarks,;  4) contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, or otherwise offensive (as determined by Sponsor  in their sole discretion), hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;  5) contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and  6) contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where entry is created. Failure to comply with these Guidelines and Restrictions, as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion, is grounds for automatic disqualification from the Sweepstakes.
Uploading an entry constitutes an entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, creative, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes. If requested, entrant will sign any documentation that may be required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the entry. Released Parties (as defined in the Release section below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected entries; all of which will be void.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of any potential winner, the entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the account used for entry, and potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify the Sponsor in writing if the entrant changes his or her email or postal address during the Sweepstakes Period. Proof of uploading an entry does not constitute proof of delivery or entry. Each entry must be taken by, manually key stroked and manually entered by the individual entrant; automated and/or repetitive electronic submission of entries (including but not limited to entries made using any script, macro, bot, or sweepstakes service) will be disqualified and transmissions from these or related accounts, email or IP addresses may be blocked.

Eligibility: Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry, except employees of Sponsor and their affiliates, subsidiaries, promotion agencies and the immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each such employee. Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law.

Drawing: Winners will be randomly selected on March 15, 2014 on or about 12:00 PT, April 15, 2014 on or about 12:00 pm PT;  May 15, 2014 on or about 12:00 pm PT;  June 15, 2014 on or about 12:00 pm PT; July 15, 2014 on or about 12:00 pm PT;  August 15, 2014 on or about 12:00 pm PT;  September 15, 2014 on or about 12:00 pm PT;  and announced via Instagram/Twitter. See more details regarding notifications of winners below. All decisions of the Sponsor are final.
Odds of winning will be determined by the number of eligible entries received. Prize consists of only those items specifically described as included in the prize. All fees, federal, state and other taxes, costs and expenses relating to the use, acceptance and possession of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Prize:  Seven (7) Winners will win one (1) One Hundred Dollar ($100) Hot Topic Gift Card. ARV of Gift Card $100. TOTAL ARV OF PRIZES $700. Prize may not be substituted for cash. The winning entry may also be featured on the Hot Topic’s Instagram, Hot Topic’s Facebook, and Hot Topic’s Twitter pages.

Notification: For Instagram, potential winner will be tagged on Instagram by Sponsor (i.e., adding a comment from @hottopic to the potential winner’s photo entry on the potential winner’s Instagram’s account with information on how to contact Sponsor). For Twitter, the winner will be notified via mention or direct message on Twitter, on or around the drawing dates about using the Twitter handle provided at the time of entry, and will be requested to email Hot Topic for more information. Winner must contact Sponsor within 72 hours to accept or decline the prize. If a potential winner does not timely respond or if prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected. Upon prize forfeiture, no payment or other compensation will be made to the original potential winner. Recipient of such notification (parent/legal guardian if potential winner is a minor in his/her state of residence) must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, liability and publicity release within three (3) days of acceptance or an alternate potential winner may be selected. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining entries. No substitution, exchange or transfer of prize except by Sponsor, at its sole discretion, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

Release: By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules. Entrants are solely responsible for their own actions and agree to hold harmless  Sponsor, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and their respective parent, subsidiaries, divisions and related companies, together with and the respective officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, assigns and licensees of each of them (collectively the "Released Parties") from any liability for losses, damages or injuries arising in connection with their participation in the Sweepstakes or the award or use of a prize.

Publicity: Acceptance of a prize constitutes consent to Sponsor's use of winner's name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, (including but not limited to internet and television broadcast) without further consent or compensation except where prohibited.

General Conditions: Sponsor and each of its affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents, are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission of any Sweepstakes-related website; failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or human error; printing or other errors. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Sweepstakes in the event that it becomes necessary due to circumstances beyond Sponsor's control. In the event the Sweepstakes is terminated early, a potential Winner will be selected from all eligible entries received at the time of termination.


Disputes: The Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States and, by entering, Winner and entrants hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in California. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE RELATED TO SPONSOR OR THE SWEEPSTAKES OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW

Privacy: Handling of all participant information, including e-mail addresses, will be consistent with the Hot Topic, Inc.'s Privacy Policy. See http://community.hottopic.com/content/privacy-security

Winner: For name of Winner (available after September 15, 2014) or these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Hot Topic’s #HTLive Instagram/Twitter Sweepstakes, WINNER or OFFICIAL RULES (please specify), c/o 18305 San Jose Ave, Industry, California 91748.


Sponsor: Hot Topic, Inc., 18305 San Jose Ave, Industry, California 91748.
This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information and entry to Sponsor and not to Instagram or Twitter.