What's Written on the Bottom of an Emmy?

When Ricky Gervais held it up during the ceremony, it revealed several paragraphs of text.

While presenting the award for best supporting actor for a comedy, Ricky Gervais held up an Emmy — mockingly accepting it for himself — in the process revealing several paragraphs of text on the bottom of the statuette.

The print was too small to read, but some research reveals the text is essentially a contract stating that winners can’t use the statue in a “commercial manner” or sell it.

Read the full text below:


1. The Emmy statuette is the property of and all rights are reserved by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

2. The Emmy statuette may not be reproduced or used in any commercial manner unless otherwise permitted by the Academy, it being understood that possession of the same is solely for the benefit of the recipient and the recipient's heirs or successors in interest.

3. If a recipient or the recipient's heir or successor in interest proposes to sell or otherwise dispose of the Emmy(r) statuette, such persons shall be obligated to return the statuette to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences which will retain the same in storage in memory of the recipient.