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Update on International Entries in Instructables Contests Answered

We have greatly expanded the list of eligible countries that can participate in our contests!! To find all the eligible countries see below (Eligibility as of 11/16/2015). A small percentage of our contests will be limited to 14 countries (Limited Contests) so make sure to check the rules before entering.

Contests rules will not retroactively be changed.

Eligibility as of 11/16/2015
THE CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO NATURAL PERSONS WHO, AT THE TIME OF ENTRY, ARE REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE SITE, WHO ARE AT LEAST THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OLD (FIFTEEN [15] YEARS OLD FOR RESIDENTS OF NORWAY AND EIGHTEEN [18] YEARS OLD FOR RESIDENTS OF GERMANY), AND NOT RESIDENTS OF ANY COUNTRY SUBJECT TO A US TRADE EMBARGO (AS OF APRIL 2014 NORTH KOREA, SYRIA, SUDAN, CUBA AND IRAN) AS WELL AS: BRAZIL, ITALY, ARGENTINA, TURKEY, ROMANIA, POLAND, OR THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA.

Limited Contests:
Eligible countries include: US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.

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UPDATE 7/25/2012:
Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland are now eligible for all contests!  We've updated the rules to make this clear.  More countries coming as fast as we can. --Christy


Broadly, there are two types of contests: games of skill and games of chance. Most of our contests are games of skill because they are judged, but we have occasionally run games of chance (random winner in a contest, random commenter wins a prize, etc..). Both types are regulated, sometimes stringently, across the world.

As an independent entity, we may have been violating the contest and gaming laws in every country on the planet except the US. While ignorance of the law isn't an acceptable reason to violate it, I did not spend the time to understand and comply with every country's contest laws. Without locations across the world, the potential for enforcement of laws I didn't know about was low.

We are now part of an international company, and the potential for enforcement is real.

Complying with laws is not a drag! It's what sustainable businesses that expect to be around for a long time do!

If you are upset about this, before you complain here, please write or call your representative, member of parliament, or dictator and ask them to simplify contest law in your country. The easier to understand your country's contest laws, the faster we can open our contests to you, and comply with your country's laws. Remember, obeying the law is what good websites do!

Autodesk is not trying to destroy the Instructables community by reducing the number of entrants to our contests; in fact, they're very concerned about the issue. We are trying to make sure we obey all the laws of all the countries where we operate. We are simultaneously working to understand the laws of more countries so we can legally run contests in more areas.

The terms and conditions of our contests are now in full compliance with the requirements of the US and Canada, except Quebec. Doing so required many hours of me talking to lawyers, and very large costs.

I have sorted the countries we will work on next by where our traffic comes from, and where past winners and entrants have come from. For reference:

Top 10 Countries by traffic:
US - open
UK - open
Canada - open (minus Quebec)
Australia - open
India - open
Germany - open
Philippines
Brazil
Mexico
France

Top 10 Countries by winners and entrants:
US - open
Canada - open
UK - open
Australia - open
Netherlands - open
Germany - open
New Zealand - open
Argentina
Colombia - open
India - open

The rules for games of skill and games of chance are drastically different. I foresee a situation where there are countries in which we can run one type of contest, but not the other.

Since we don't collect your country of residence during registration, our method of determining who is eligible is based on where a winner wants us to ship a prize.

Obeying laws is not a drag, but this is a tricky situation. I'll concede that you might view this as a bait and switch: we should have fully understood the contest laws of any country where we wanted to encourage DIY through our contests before allowing entrants from those countries. Instead, we allowed everyone, and now have to pause until I can talk to more lawyers. For that I apologize. Fixing this is one of our top priorities.  Even yesterday, I discussed how to get the UK and Australia added to the approved list, and we'll work from there.

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WarenGonzaga

10 months ago

I am from Philippines... how come it is not open for contest?

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FungoNinja

1 year ago

is it possible to receive the package in the Republic of San Marino?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino

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Manuel_cg

1 year ago

Hey, I´m from Argentina. But I have older relatives living in Paraguay. I would like to know if it would be possible for me to submit my proyect, and in the slight chance I win, have the package delivered to my relatives who live in an elegible country.

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tomatoskinsManuel_cg

Reply 1 year ago

If your relatives are willing to accept any prizes you may win, you are welcome to enter your instructables into eligible contests.

Troy (tomatoskins)

Community Manager

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LucioFialho

1 year ago

Hi. I'am Brazilian and would love to parcipate in your contests. I understand your reasons, but it may be helpfull to understand brazilian laws only forbiden "chances games" (in portuguese "jogos de azar", with a literal translation to "games of bad-luck".
If you care to see, the law can be found in a government official site at https://www.jusbrasil.com.br/topicos/11737132/arti...

Wikipedia also has a good article in this subject, but is in portuguese: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proibi%C3%A7%C3%A3o_...

I hope you rest assured it is safe to allow brazilian to participate in your contests, as brazilians are one of top-counted users of your great community.

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chimux

1 year ago

Why Residents of Brazil cannot participate on contests?

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tomatoskinschimux

Reply 1 year ago

We like to include everyone we can! Unfortunately local laws about contests in the countries listed above prevent us from doing so. If you are associated with any mailing address eligible for the contests, we would love to see your entries!

Troy (tomatoskins)

-Community Manager

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korinM

1 year ago

I don't understand finally if I can participate because I'm french ? Would you confirm that or not

thank you

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MatlekkorinM

Reply 1 year ago

Moi non plus je ne savais pas si je pouvais participer aux concours, donc pour mes premiers articles je ne me suis pas inscrit. Puis comme il n'y avait pas beaucoup d'informations, j'ai commencé à participer, mais je ne savais pas si je pouvais gagner quelque chose. Et en fin de compte au bout de quelques articles j'ai fini dans les finalistes.

Donc oui il est possible de participer et même gagner en France (malgré le manque d'information) :)

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ZakriyaP

1 year ago

i am 15 year old from pakistan can i participate.

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KitemanZakriyaP

Reply 1 year ago

Since Pakistan is not on the list of embargoed countries, and you are over 13, then, yes.

If you win anything, you will probably need to get your parents' permission to receive it, but that will only need a form filling by email.

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Mr.Sanchez

1 year ago

Colombia Rules ! Tools up !

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TURBOTECHNOLOGY

1 year ago

Is Pakistani peoples are allowed to participite contest.

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Bulantuy

2 years ago

Where is the List of open Countries for contest. Is Philippines allowed to participate or not??.

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BrittLivBulantuy

Reply 2 years ago

Every country except:

NORTH KOREA, SYRIA, SUDAN, CUBA, IRAN,
BRAZIL, ITALY, ARGENTINA, TURKEY, ROMANIA, POLAND, OR THE PROVINCE OF
QUEBEC, CANADA.

is allowed to enter, so you are good to go

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AlexS154BrittLiv

Reply 2 years ago

why italy romania and poland no alongside north koreea , syria , sudan , cuba and iran? .... sounds strange

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tomatoskinsAlexS154

Reply 2 years ago

We would love to allow everyone to participate, however those countries have more stringent laws and regulations about competitions/contests/gambling than the countries allowed to enter.

Troy (tomatoskins)

Community Manager

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SophiesFoodieFiles

2 years ago

I hope my Country Belgium is ope, for more contests!

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ptkrf

2 years ago

This really is some good news!

Too bad some will still be restricted to the original 14 countryes...

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PabloW2

2 years ago

I don't get it. Is Argentina allowed to participate or not?

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KitemanPabloW2

Reply 2 years ago

No, it's not.

There are either trade issues between the US and Argentina, or Instructables contests break some Argentine rules or laws.

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PabloW2Kiteman

Reply 2 years ago

thanks for the explanation.

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Yonatan24

2 years ago

Does the new update allow only people that live in those countries to participate?

What about countries that aren't listed at all?

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Yonatan24Yonatan24

Reply 2 years ago

Where is the list of all the 180+ countries that can participate?

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simon.w.nordberg

2 years ago

So if my country is NOT on the "excluded" list in the update, then I can enter contests and receive prizes?

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mzbas

2 years ago

So can't you join from Turkey? Why?

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Kitemanmzbas

Reply 2 years ago

Your local laws probably prohibit the contests. Best to check whether internet contests are legal in Turkey for yourself.

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mzbasKiteman

Reply 2 years ago

As far as I know they should be legal. I hope we will have the chance to join in the future.

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Kitemanmzbas

Reply 2 years ago

Laws can be weird - some countries class contests like this as gambling, others (Quebec) flat ban all contests that are not based in the same country as the contestants.

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chienline

2 years ago

Ah... So Indonesia is already eligible for contests. 180+ wow.. what a great job done by Instructables. *twoThumbsUP*

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slegorreta

2 years ago

Congratulations! I guess this is when you become Global.

This could be the right moment to go multilingual and start options of automatic translation or having the site written in popular languages based on traffic.

Thank you for inspiring us and letting usbshate

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lambrosz

2 years ago

How about Greece ? Is there an plan for participation in contests ?

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Moem

2 years ago

Which part of this message is the new part? Not all parts are dated, and not all dates have a year number, and 11/16 is maybe a date... but if so, it's in a format that only one country in the world uses.
I would assume new text is at the bottom, but I'm not sure.
Are members from BRAZIL, ITALY, ARGENTINA, TURKEY, ROMANIA, POLAND, OR THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA... included or excluded?

This sounds like it could be good news so I'd like to understand it properly!

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BrittLivMoem

Reply 2 years ago

The text under "Eligibility as of 11/16" is the update. The are excluded.

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kelseymhBrittLiv

Reply 2 years ago

Perhaps a further edit could be done to add "/2015" at the end of the two dates? That would be consistent with the last update from "7/25/2012". The sidebar doesn't give any indication of "last edited," unfortunately.

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Kitemankelseymh

Reply 2 years ago

Probably a whole new forum topic would be more appropriate.

In fact, this is such big news, I would have put it in the newsletters...

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MoemBrittLiv

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks, that helps. The posting could have been clearer, for sure... ALL CAPS doesn't help much either.

But in the end, it does turn out to be very good news. Congratulations to all those who can now enter and win in contests!

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VicenteH

2 years ago

Hi, I'm from Venezuela and I wish to participate in this contest.

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kantos

2 years ago

Why Poland is excluded?

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Kitemankantos

Reply 2 years ago

It may be that your local laws do not allow the contest.

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Jacojvv

2 years ago

No South africa on the list yet :(

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BrittLivJacojvv

Reply 2 years ago

It is, it'sjust not in the "limited contest" list

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Raitis

2 years ago

Didn't expect that at all. You guys are awesome! I now have one more reason to tell everybody how cool this site is. (:

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Kiteman

2 years ago

>180 countries? Excellent - somebody throw an extra mouse into the lawyers' vivarium!

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batery99

2 years ago

In my country, Turkey, there are laws that forbid casinos and gamble houses, but playing it on the net is not forbidden as i know. There are a lot of bet and gambling sites. Lottery and some chance based games are under the government and not considered as gambling. Is there an opportunity for you to add turkey to your list?