Countries allowed to participate contests

Contest rules says:
"THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST FOURTEEN (14) YEARS OLD (FIFTEEN [15] YEARS OLD FOR RESIDENTS OF NORWAY AND EIGHTEEN [18] YEARS OLD FOR RESIDENTS OF GERMANY), AND ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO), CANADA (EXCLUDING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA), UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, CHINA, THE NETHERLANDS, COLOMBIA, DENMARK, GERMANY, INDIA, NORWAY, OR SWITZERLAND."

So, I just want to ask, why citizens of Poland cannot participate to contests? I'm sure, there a lot Polish, who made something nice and would show his/her project in that way.
Poland is in EU, NATO, it is not so bad country (until you live there, eh). Our politicians sucks, thats a fact, but there are a lot creative young people, let them show, what they can.
Regards.
p.

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FoolishSage4 years ago
This question gets asked allot. This short answer is that laws are different for each country and they have to check one country at a time if the contest policy does not violate any national laws. Eventually the fine instructable overlords will get to Poland, so don't worry, it is not anything against Poland in particular. It started with only USA and slowly moved to other countries (by order of number of members I think). As you can see they have already done quite a few!

Until then you are free to participate in the competition but you cannot have the prize shipped to your address in Poland if you win. If you have a friend in one of the countries on the list you can have your prize shipped to them for them to send it to you though.
cube000 (author)  FoolishSage4 years ago
Ok, thank You for answer. Just wondered what are the rules to choose countries, now I know. Luckily, I have family living in two of those countries, so maybe one day...
kelseymh4 years ago
I'm surprised no one directed you to the official discussion of this topic:
https://www.instructables.com/community/Update-on-International-Entries-in-Instructables-C/
kondzio294 years ago
Agree ;)
Kiteman4 years ago
It's nothing to do with politics, it's the law.

Almost every single country has slightly different rules about online contests (Quebec will only allow contests if the organiser is based *in* Quebec!).

So, for a contest to run in any country, the Instructables/Autodesk lawyers need to spend time talking to that country's lawyers to rewite the terms and conditions so that they include *all* countries' rules. It's a big, long job.

However...

If you want to enter, you could find a collaborator to work on the project with you - if they are in an eligible country, you can give their details for prize delivery, and then arrange between yourselves how the prize gets to you.