A Few More Rule Clarifications

October 6th, 2010

I just wanted to give you a quick update on some of the rules on Figment and clarifying some of the new rules we’ve created of late, because some of them seem to be causing some confusion.

1.  Cover Albums – As you know, we do not allow albums to be released on Figment that contain only cover songs by “real” bands.  This does not mean you cannot release albums or (in the case of “Next Rock Legend”) a video game that uses cover songs of Figment artists.  The only thing we ask is that you contact the creator of the Figment band(s) you’d like to cover to ask permission to use their song(s) and then give them proper credit by putting their name in parantheses’ next to the song title.  You can contact them to ask for the rights to cover their song by leaving a message on their band page using the shout box.

2.  Producers/Promoters/Radio Stations – As you know we allow our players a lot of latitude to exercise their imaginations and we’re pleased to see that you’re all a creative bunch.  However, we are not going to allow you to create certain music industry positions or business entities like producers, promoters, radio stations as band pages.  If you want to cast yourself in that role you can certainly do so via your profile page, but please don’t create a separate band page for these types of things.  We’re not against introducing these types of roles into Figment, and in fact, have been planning to do so for some time, but we’d rather do it in an organized fashion and at this time we’re not ready to do so.  They may very well be part of a subscription model of the game if that comes to pass, but that remains to be seen.  So in the meantime, please refrain from creating band pages for these types of things.  If you have an idea and would like to see if it will be allowed please email our customer service people by using the Feedback link at the bottom of every page on Figment.

3.  T-Shirt Listens? Another thing we are going to do away with is the ability to listen to a t-shirt or other form of merchandise.  This includes anything that you can’t legitimately “listen” to if it was real.  So concert posters, tickets, video games, and even fan club membership packages – unless they contain a CD.    Unfortunately, the only way to release this type of merchandise currently is to use an album page so people are clicking on the “listen” button and rewarding the creator with lucre.  While we’re planning to address this formally in the future, we’d rather not limit your creativity in the short term, so we’ll simply be monitoring these types of releases and removing any “listens” and corresponding lucre manually.  Any old releases of this type will start to see their listens removed over the coming months, but the players who created them will not lose the lucre they may have earned.

4. Copyright Bans – Has your band or album been banned?  Are you asking yourself why?  Do yourself a favor – PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!!  We always send you an email with information on why your band or album may have been banned.  In addition, our customer service people often send additional emails detailing specifically why a band/album was banned if they feel it’s not immediately apparent to the player.  Lastly, you can always drop customer service an email using the Feedback link on the bottom of every page if you’d like to get more clarification.  So from now on do yourself a favor and check your email before you start bombarding us with ban removal requests.

That’s it for now.  I’m still working on a basic rules document that I hope to have out soon, so I’ll post something about that as soon as it is available.  In the meantime, if you have other questions about our rules we suggest you check out our “Help” category here on Figment News, use the feedback link or leave us a comment on any post that details our rules.

8 Responses to “A Few More Rule Clarifications”

  1. bmick14 Says:

    thanks for clearing some of those things up eric

  2. bmick14 Says:

    i got a question. my Motley Crue inspired Glam Metal band Saints of Los Angeles is going on a world tour. I came up with the idea to do 15 Crue covers and like 15 original songs. im thinking about releasing a live CD for the tour. How many crue covers would i be able to put on there i was thinking about splitting it 10/10 but its definitely gonna be 20 songs please get back to me

  3. eric Says:

    bmick14 we’d appreciate it if you kept the Motley Crue covers to a minimum – no more than 5. Again, we appreciate your love for Motley Crue, but you can mention that in the album description. What would be more cool is if you used the album description section to descibe what Crue songs inspired which Saints of Los Angeles song (you could say * Inspired by Looks That Kill) and then in the track listing put the corresponding SOL song (so I Want Her All Night*) – of course you’ll have to make it clear that the songs you are listing as inspirations were written by Motley Crue, but I think you get the picture. Hope this helps.

  4. frizbee Says:

    I actually like the idea of somehow categorizing things like posters and video games in a different way, because I always thought it was kind of odd “buying” a t-shirt and then “listening” to it. I’m interested to see some of the future tweaks to the site.

  5. theHoseman Says:

    I agree on the poster/t-shirt “listening” ideas. I’ve tended to click listen on these items as a way to reward the player with additional lucre if I think the creativity or art inherent in the work warrant it. (whew…I’m notorious for run-on sentences.)

  6. theHoseman Says:

    Oh yeah, my point…I agree, perhaps it would make more sense if the listen option wasn’t even there for non album/EP items.

  7. Childofalma Says:

    Maybe a “Wear” option for T-shirts.

  8. frizbee Says:

    New idea! Figment becomes like The Sims, and you can purchase all of the various band merchandise to wear, listen to, or hang in your room. And you can get jobs like roadies or merch booth workers!

    Please take note that I am joking, and that this is a terrible idea. =P

    In all seriousness, I agree with theHoseman. I don’t necessarily think there should be a variation of “listening” to posters and shirts, but perhaps just the ability to purchase the items. I, too, will “listen” to posters or something as a way to boost the creator’s Lucre, but I always feel a bit strange “listening” to a poster.

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