• Veritons Song Contest was an online contest which took place between 2012 and 2017. A large number of countries around the world were represented in this contest and an incredible diversity in music was shown. You can still check the songs that took part in the 103 editions by accessing the Database.


Preliminary Title

About the contest

Chapter I. General dispositions


Article 1

(1) The Veritons Song Contest (the "VSC") is an online contest hosted on uCoz, a free web host with a built-in content management system. The contest is an international coproduction since there are participating members that are from all over the world.

Article 2

(1) The VSC is composed of the Confirmation Period (the period of time when you can send your song), one live show (called "Live Listening"), one Grand Final that is posted after the Live Listening is concluded, and one Results Show, an event that serves the purpose of presenting the voting of each participating country.
(2) The Live Listening (the "LL") consists of a number of songs that are being played on plug.dj, an interactive online social music streaming website.  So, in order to be able to attend the LL, you must register on the website mentioned before.
(3) Also, in order to be able to see all the posts on the website and to post anything, you need to register on our website and become a full member of the community. Any registered member is eligible to take part in VSC.

Article 3

(1) The sources of the contest's rules system are statutes (the current regulation), customs and admin decisions.
(2) Customs shall only apply in the absence of applicable statutes, provided that they are not contrary to morals or public policy

Article 4 

(1) The current administration consists of one member: Gera
(2) While the administrator title is merely honorary for Semy,her prerogatives can be extended in unusual circumstances.
(3) Gera is the main administrator and has the complete executive power. The Admin decisions can be made entirely by him only and, under unusual circumstances, the other administrators can have a say.
Any provisions which contradict another of higher rank shall be invalid. The ranking is statutes, customs and then admin decisions.
(5) Moderators' opinion shall not have any legal effect, as it is only consultative for the Administrators.

Chapter II. Participation

Article 5

(1) Any registered user can participate in the contest.
(2) To officially join the contest, a user has to post in the "Join USthread where he has to mention his Username and the country he wishes to take. 
(3) The maximum number of participants is 40. However, the Admins can extend the number and introduce the semi-finals system. Such a decision must be validated by popular vote of the participants, with a qualified majority. 

Article 6

(1) Any officially recognised independent country is allowed to participate, regions & territories are not allowed to enter the contest.
(2) Defunct countries such as Yugoslavia are not allowed to enter the contest.
(3) Despite its' partially recognised state status, Kosovo is allowed to enter the contest. *
* Under decision No. 3/2016 on the legal status of the Kosovar state in the contest, the Republic of Kosovo has been declared an eligible country to entry the contest retroactively.
(4) A country, especially a federation, can be split into multiple subdivisions such as States, by an Admin decision. There has not been any such decision yet.

Article 7

(1) There can be only one person (the "Juror") that can enter a particular country in the contest.
(2) However, two or more persons may form jointly a Jury or Delegation. If the Jury/Delegation has more than three members, a Head of Delegation (HoD) needs to be elected by the members, who will have the same prerogatives as a one-person Jury (the member has the obligation to send the votes of the Jury)
(3) The HoD of a single member Jury is de jure the only member that Jury has.

Chapter III. Criteria of Eligibility for Artists

Article 8

(1) The performing artist has to fulfil at least one of the following criteria in order to be eligible:
 a) The artist must be born in the country you are participating with;
 b) The artist must be a citizen of your country or a permanent resident;
 c) The artist must be one the ethnicity or have the nationality of your country (e.g. an Ashkenazi Jewish artist is eligible to participate for Israel)*
*Given that in the past this rule has been abused, for any artist that falls under letter c), an Admin decision that confirms the eligibility is also required.
(2) In the case of duets or bands, at least one of the performers must fulfil the criteria from Paragraph (1). 
(3) An artist that represented or tried to a European country in the Eurovision Song Contest, shall be eligible even if he does not meet the criteria from Paragraph (1).
(4) Due to necessity, a blacklist will be drawn up in order to avoid situations like we had in the past. The Blacklist will be posted on the forum.
(5) An artist can participate an unlimited number of times in the contest but not for multiple countries in the same edition, in any form.


Chapter IV. Criteria of Eligibility for Entries

Article 9

(1) A juror can only send one song per edition.
(2) A song can not be entered twice in the contest. However, covers of that particular song are allowed to be entered.
(3) In order to be eligible, another cover of that song can only be entered after a considerable period of a time since the first cover was sent and for another country than the previous cover that was sent for. These criteria will remain up to the Admins to decide.
(4) The original version of a song takes precedence over any cover and does not suffer any condition of time. However, even if the original was sent, covers of that song can be sent after a considerable period of time.
(5) Remixes of a song are allowed even if the original song was sent already. The eligibility criteria stated in Article 8 shall be required for the remixer.
(6) Instrumentals are allowed. The Composer must meet the criteria from Art 8.

Article 10

(1) Entries can have any duration and can be from any year.
(2) Eurovision entries are allowed. 
(3) Junior Eurovision entries are allowed.
(4) National Songs or any kind of songs related to Eurovision Song Contest are allowed.
(5) An entry shall not put the contest in disrepute. The Admins reserve their right to refuse any entry that promotes or incites violence towards
 racial, sexual or other minorities. The contest was built on ideas of liberty, equality and respect and it will remain that way.

Article 11

(1) The entry of a participating country must be sent within the Confirmation Period, that usually lasts a week.
(2) The entry of a participating country must be sent via PM to the host of the edition, who is usually announced on the front page.
(3) You can make your entry public during the Confirmation Period, but it is recommended not to do so until the show is posted.
(4) Once the Live Listening has ended or the Show is posted, an entry cannot be changed.

Chapter V. Voting

Article 12

(1) You can not vote for your own country.
(2) Votes must be sent to the host via PM (or under unusual circumstances via any means of communication possible).
(3) Only the participating countries can vote. That means no guest votes are allowed.
(4) The official voting system is 12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. You can not vote for a country twice.

Article 13

(1) The second big important part of the contest is the Voting Period, which starts right after the Live Listening and lasts 5-7 days. The Voting Period can suffer extensions.
(2) A participating country that fails to send their votes within the Voting Period is disqualified from that edition.
(3) A participating country that sends their votes, but they are not in the correct format, is disqualified from that edition.
(4) The host can reserve their right to not accept votes that are not sent via PM. 
(5) The host is not obligated to notify the jurors that did not vote yet in an edition.

    Chapter VI. Sanctions for not voting


Article 14

(1) Any jury that fails to vote in a VSC edition will receive 1 Strike Point.
(2) The Strike system has a different sanction, depending on how many points the jury accumulated:
a) At 1 strike point, the jury will receive a simple warning. 
b) At 2 strike points, the jury will be banned from participation for one edition.
c) At 3 strike points, the jury will be banned from participation for two editions.
d) At 4 strike points, the jury will be banned from participation for three editions and removed from the list of participants.
e) At 5 or more strike points, the jury will be banned from participation for 10 or more editions and removed from the list of participants.
(3) The sanctions cumulate. One strike point is removed after 5 editions. 
(4) Any participating country that fails to vote is de jure disqualified and put at the bottom of the scoreboard. The entry sent is considered as never been sent and can be re-entered after a while.

  Chapter VII. Results

Article 15

(1) After the Voting Period ends, the host of the edition will present the results during a Results Show.
The entry that receives the most points wins the VSC edition.
(3) In the case of a tie:
a) the country that was voted by the biggest amount of voters is given priority
b) if the countries that have to settle a tie have been voted by the same amount of voters, the country that received the biggest amount of 12 is given priority
c) if the winner of the tie can still not be decided, the procedure from letter b) will continue with the rest of 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.
d) if the procedure from letters b) and c) can still not decide a tie, the last tie-breaking measure is a priority for the country that voted first

Article 16

(1) The juror of the country that received the biggest number of points (the "Winner") has the right to host the next edition. The hosting procedure consists of collecting the entries and the votes, creating the official design of the edition (logo, calendar, motto), hosting the Live Listening, hosting the Results show, creating the banners and the scoreboards for the Show and the Results show, respectively.
(2) The winner can appoint co-hosts that can help him with parts of the hosting (i.e. collecting the votes).
(3) In the case of refusal, the Admins and Moderators have to host in the winning country in the name of the juror that refused to host. The hosting rights can not be bestowed to the runner-up.
(4) The country that hosts the contest must also participate in that edition.
(5) If the winning juror changes the country right after he won or he leaves the contest, the contest will be hosted in the runner-up nation by the Admins or Moderators. Hosting in the winning nation would violate the rules, as the host country must be a participating country. 

 Chapter VIII.  Jury Change

Article 17

(1) The right of representation of a country by a juror is sacrosanct and inviolable. No juror can be forced to leave a country if he respects the rules and he is active. 
(2) A juror that participated with a country for at least three editions can apply for a jury change in the official thread.
(3) Since not-voting is a punishable act, the juror who wants to apply for a jury change is presumed as a voter in those three editions.
(4) A juror can only apply for jury change to a country that is not already occupied. However, under the circumstances that are mentioned in Art. 7, a juror can join a bigger Jury/Delegation with the consent of the other jurors.
(5) A juror that joins a multiple person jury (two or more) are the exception from Paragraph (2) and can leave anytime. 
(6) A juror that participates with his home country is also excepted from Paragraph (2). 

Chapter IX.  Sanctions for Inactivity and other sanctions

Article 18

(1) A juror that does not take part for more than three editions he is removed from the list of participants. However, the juror can return anytime he wants to without an additional penalty when he re-joins. 
(2) Jurors can get amnesty for their inactivity and it can only be granted by the Admins. The request must come with a good reason. An amnestied juror will not lose their country after the three editions of inactivity.

Article 19

(1) The administration and the moderation team reserve their right to sanction or ban anyone that does not follow the rules.
(2) Website members can be sanctioned and banned for inappropriate behaviour. 
(3) Criticism towards the Moderation team and the Administration is allowed, but only to a point. It has to be constructive and not moaning.
(4) Friendly voting is presumed as not happening until proven otherwise. While it's not a sanctioned offence, it is strongly discouraged.
(5) The Admins reserve their right to check every IP and account, to prevent any multi-accounter that has too many fictional friends.
(6) Revealing results to anyone (such as your own voting) on the forum before the results show ended is strictly forbidden. The sanction is one strike point.
(7) Nemo censetur ignorare legem - nobody is thought to be ignorant of the law. So if you didn't read the rules and broke one of them, you cannot be excused because you didn't read them.

Chapter X.  Special Editions

Article 20

(1) None of the VSC editions shall have a specific theme. However, Special Editions can be hosted separately and will not count as a regular edition.
(2) Anyone can suggest a theme for a special edition, but such an edition can start only with the Admin's approval.
(3) The winner of the previous special edition has the right to choose a theme and also to host. In the case of refusal, the Admins and Moderators can host, as in the regular editions' case.
(4) The rights from Paragraph (3) are not cumulative, thus a previous winner can name the theme but not host. Or the other way around.
(5) The next special edition will be hosted in the country that won the previous special edition, in the same fashion as the regular contest. As an exception, the winner can choose any other country if he wants to, with the condition that he will participate with that country.
(6) In a special edition, you don't have to take part with the country you're usually participating. 

Article 21

(1) There are Special Editions that can not be triggered anytime, such as the Eurovision Special or the Christmas Special. Eurovision Special must happen in May and the Christmas Special during or close to the Winter Holidays.They can be hosted by anyone, of course with the Admins' approval.
(2)  It is recommended that Eurovision Specials be hosted in the same country as in real life in that particular year.


Chapter XI.  Code of Conduct for Moderators

Article 22

(1) Moderators are having executive positions, of a lower rank than an Administrator.
(2) Anyone can apply to become a Moderator. The requirements are: to be active on the site, to not have any sanction and, the most important aspect, to have enough time for such a position.
(3) Moderators shall not abuse their power in any form (i.e. threatening someone with a sanction).
(4) Inactive Moderators shall be removed from their office if they don't participate in any act of hosting in a period longer than six months. The hosting procedure is described in Art. 16.
(5) For their long service and activity on the forum, the Admins can name honorary Moderators. Such moderators are currently Andrew and Griffi.

Chapter XII.  Extension of the contest with Semifinals


Article 23

(1) If the number of participants surpasses 40, the Admins can call for a popular vote for the reintroduction of Semifinals. The required quorum is 27 members out of 40. 
(2) If the vote validates the reintroduction of Semifinals, all the countries will be drawn in two semifinals.
(3) Each semi shall have an equal number of participants, if possible. 
(4) The host-country will receive a Pre-Qualified place in the Grand Final.

Article 24

(1) A juror is only required to vote in his own semifinal. However, if the juror desires to vote in the other one as well, he can do it and it will be counted for the REJU (Rest of Jury) Qualifier.
(2) If the number of REJU voters is below 10, all the votes will be counted a single set of votes in the regular voting.
(3) There are 10 qualifiers (9 REGULAR Qualifiers and an Reju Qualifier).
(4) The host-country must vote in one of the semifinals and it will be decided by random.org
(5) All the countries, especially the ones that did not qualify, are required to vote in the Grand Final. If the countries that did not qualify fail to vote, they will suffer the same sanctions as a non-voter in an edition without semis. 
(6) If a country fails to vote in semifinals, it loses its spot in the Grand Final and it is disqualified.
(7) Countries that fail to vote are moved at the bottom of the scoreboard.

Chapter XIII.  Final Provisions


Article 25

(1) This set of rules will enter into force on 1 January 2017.
(2) All the new rules will only apply to the future and will not have a retroactive effect. The exceptions are the Kosovo decision and the naming of honorary Administrators, and Moderators, that will now be also de jure and not only de facto honorary.
(3) The present set of rules can suffer modifications any time. The Admins will notify about the changes accordingly. 



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