Band Images

May 20th, 2010

Just a quick post to let you know why we have started to ban band’s with images of people.  As you know, we’ve always banned images of “real” bands on Figment.  These are often copyright images, cannot be attributed to a “fake band”, and are not allowed to be used on Figment.  We have in in rare cases allowed a photo to be used where the photo has been significantly altered or where the people in the photos cannot be clearly identified, but even in those cases we often ask the player to change the photo.

Recently we’ve had several players use clearly identifiable pictures of people who may or may not be “real” musicians.  I just wanted to let everyone know that we will ban band images with clearly identifiable people unless you can prove that you have permission to use that photo.  For instance, RevSpike often uses pictures of his friends and has let me know that he has their permission to do so.  GothZilla’s band image is of the band’s two creators.

If you have plans to use a band image that contains a photo of a person or people, please make sure you have their permission to use that photo.  If you use a photo of a friend ask them to send you an email confirming their approval of it’s usage.  Once you have that email please pass it along to us at customerservice at figment dot cc.  Once we have that acknowledged that approval via email you can proceed with releasing it on Figment.  If you have a question about a photo you can also send it to us in this manner and we’ll let you know that if it’s okay to use.

We’d appreciate everyone on Figment follow these rules.  It will save all of us a lot of time and aggravation, plus it will protect all of us from the legal issues that might arise from improperly using someone’s image.

So in short, try to stay away from using photos of people who you don’t know, and in those cases where you do make sure you have their permission to use it.  If your looking for my advice, the best artist picture is often one of yourself.

If you want to find out more about bans and other issues related to your bands click here to read a recent post on the subject.

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