Copyright Issue Disqualifies Winner of Peace Corps YouTube Video Contest

A copyright issue forced The National Peace Corps Association to disqualify Marlene Nancy Lopez, the first-place winner of its My Piece of the Peace Corps YouTube video contest, as the song the Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Moldova used in “The Peace Corps Effect” is under copyright and violated contest rules.

Former second-place winner Carrie Pavlik of Pittsburgh was upped to first place and will receive a $2,500 cash prize for “My Piece of the Peace Corps.” John Garvey, a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Burkina Faso, was moved up to second place for “A Peace Corps Song,” and he will get $1,000. And the new addition to the list of winners, in third place, is Matthew Hardwick, a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Vanuata, for “Leaving Home (Vanuatu).” He will take home a $500 cash prize.

The winners can be viewed here, and new first-place finisher Pavlik’s video appears below.

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