Amtrak has posted details and an application form for its “residency” program on its blog. Turns out it’s not so free after all. Applicants must grant Amtrak “absolute, worldwide and irrevocable” rights to use all material on the application form, which includes a writing sample:
Grant of Rights: In submitting an Application, Applicant hereby grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy Applicant’s Application, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing, and to sublicense such rights to any third parties.
This raises the question of whether Amtrak also owns what is written on the train during the “residency.” No word on that yet.