How to Submit

1. Read The Rules below carefully.

2. Send us your submission by email to [email protected] If you are submitting a video that is already in YouTube, put the YouTube link into the email. Include your full name, the name you'd like us to use (initials or nickname are fine), your date of birth, and your location (just City, State/Province, Country). Copy and paste the “License of Rights Agreement” below in its entirety in the same email.

3. We will send you a response with a link to your submisston on our website. Share this link far and wide!

Options for video submissions:

·      Send us your video file in mp4 format – we’ll take care of the rest!

·      Upload your video to YouTube and share the link with us.

The Rules

1. Videos must be under 2 minutes in length and clearly respond to two or more of the prompt questions.

2. Remember, this is about your strengths! Videos including speech that is disrespectful or hateful of others will not be included.

3. We welcome videos in any language! Do us a favor, though, and add subtitles to any non-English submissions.

4. Anyone submitting a video for the Strength in Story project is:

• Stating that they created and have the right to share the video,

• Agreeing for Survivors’ Truths to share and distribute all or part of the video on YouTube, organization websites and pages, and other media platforms/formats.

• Agreeing that they will not be compensated for participation in the project now or in the future.

 Now, thanks to our pro-bono lawyer (we’re all volunteers around here), is the fine print. 
Please copy and paste into an email with your submission.


License of Rights Agreement

This License of Rights Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into and effective upon submission of video for the Survivors’ Truths’ (“Licensee”) Strength in Story project by me (“Artist”) via a link contained in an email, drop box, or other means. Receipt of the following in the body of an email constitutes an electronic signature


Whereas, Licensee is a nonprofit organization seeking to raise awareness and support the recovery of individuals and communities who have experienced difficulties;
Whereas, Licensee seeks to achieve its goals by creating multimedia and distributing content within communities it serves and presenting content to outside audiences;
Whereas, Licensee desires to use copyrightable work owned or created by Artist (“Work”) to achieve its goals;
Whereas, Artist has donated time and expertise to Licensee in creating Work and desires to help Licensee achieve its stated goals in exchange for valuable consideration of being recognized and credited for Artist’s work;
Now, therefore, in consideration of the promises and covenants contained here, Licensee and Artist hereby agree as follows:

License of Rights

Description of Work. Artist agrees to license certain rights in the Work which the Artist has created and which is described as follows:

Project: Survivors’ Truths: Strength in Story
Subject matter: Stories of everyday people overcoming challenges
Format: Photos, audio, and/or video, uploaded and shared

Ownership of Rights. Artist represents to Licensee that s/he owns all copyrights of the Work; has obtained the consent of his subjects where required; has secured any copyrights vested to Artist’s employees, agents, or collaborators; did not produce, obtain, or create Work in a tortious or criminal fashion. Artist represents to Licensee that s/he may legally license Work to Licensee.

Grant of Rights. Artist agrees to grant to Licensee the right to use Work for all purposes consistent with the purposes of Licensee’s organization. Such right shall last indefinitely or until copyright of the Work passes into the public domain, whichever occurs first. Such right shall include Licensee’s right to reproduce Work; to prepare derivative works, in physical, multimedia, or electronic formats; to distribute Work to the public; to publicly perform or display Work. Such right shall include all manners of Internet distribution.

Reservation of Rights and Exclusivity. Artist agrees to grant all rights not explicitly granted in the Agreement to Licensee, for Licensee’s use and at Licensee’s discretion. Artist agrees not to license or assign any rights in Work to any third party other than Licensee for the duration of this Agreement. Licensee agrees that Artist may use Work for Artist’s own promotion only. Artist agrees not to sell or profit from use of Work.

Credit. Licensee agrees to accompany credit in the name of the Artist where Work is used in original or derivative form, wherever practicable. Such credit shall indicate that Artist is the creator of Work. Artist agrees that such credit shall be valuable consideration for the purposes of Agreement.

Relation Back. Artist and Licensee agree that Work that has been used by Licensee, in a manner consistent with Licensee’s purposes, and used prior to the Effective Date of this Agreement, shall be covered by the terms of this Agreement.


Termination. This Agreement shall be superseded or terminated upon the written agreement of the Artist and Licensee. This Agreement shall also terminate upon the expiration of the copyright of the Work. If individual items that comprise Work have varying lengths of copyright protection, this Agreement shall terminate upon the expiration of the copyright of the last item comprising Work.

Survival. This Agreement shall be binding upon the Artist and Licensee, their heirs, successors, assigns, and personal representatives. Provisions entitled Indemnification, Binding Arbitration and Limitation of Actions, and Choice of Law shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

Waiver. Neither party shall be deemed by mere lapse of time, without giving notice or taking other action, to have waived any breach by the other party of any of the provisions of this Agreement. Any waiver by either party of a particular breach of this Agreement by the other party shall not be construed as a continuing waiver of such breach, or of any other breaches of any provision of this Agreement. This provision is subject to the time limit as set forth in the Limitation of Actions.

Indemnification. The Artist agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Licensee against any and all claims, costs, and expenses, including attorney’s fees, for any issues arising from Artist’s ownership of copyright of Work, or for any action brought by a third party relating to the performance of Agreement or the creation or production of Work.

Severability. In the event that a court finds any provision of this Agreement invalid or unenforceable, Artist and Licensee agree that the remaining provisions shall remain valid and enforceable.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between the parties with regard to Work. No other agreements or representations made by either party before the Effective Date, except as referenced in this Agreement, shall act to vary, alter, or invalidate the terms of this Agreement. This Agreement may be amended only by a written instrument signed by both parties.

Binding Arbitration and Limitation of Actions. All disputes arising under this Agreement shall be submitted to binding arbitration and settled in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If the dispute involves an amount at issue that is adjudicable in Small Claims Court in the State of California at the time the dispute arises, Artist and Licensee agree to seek relief in such Court. No action or request for arbitration shall be brought by Artist or Licensee more than two years after facts or circumstances giving rise to such action or arbitration occurred.

Choice of Law. This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California.

The parties have executed this Agreement by their duly authorized representatives as of the Effective Date.