So you’ve registered on Figment and are ready to create a band or release an album. Before you click on that create or release button though there are a few things you should consider about the band or album you are about to create. Have you considered whether or not your band passes muster when it comes to intellectual property rules? How about whether or not your album contains objectionable material? You haven’t? Well here are a few tips to go on before you click that finish editing or release button.

1. Copyright Concerns – A copyright protects original work of authorship such as a picture, drawing, graphics, software program, written work, sculpture, song, or photograph. Copyright law prevents you from copying another’s copyrighted work for any purpose; making things based on the copyrighted work; distributing copies of the copyrighted work; publicly performing the copyrighted work; displaying the copyrighted work; and in the case of sound recordings, transmitting the recording over the internet or in another media. In a nutshell, copyright law protects the expression of one’s idea. All submissions to Figment are supposed to be original creations of your own. If you have taken any elements of your band’s identity, bio or tracks you should definitely seek permission to do so. On Figment we do allow users and the general public the opportunity to report content that infringes on a copyright and we do have the right to suspend and ultimately ban any user that continues to use copyrighted material without proper permissions. Any creations that you as a user submit to Figment are covered by a Creative Commons license, but we do retain the right to remove content or use it for our own purposes once it is submitted to Figment. You can learn more about copyright issues, etc. in our Intellectual Property Policy rules as well as in our Terms and Conditions. If you are looking for copyright free material to use in creating an album cover, etc. there are a variety available on the web and can easily be accessed by using any search engine. Here are few to consider: Stock Xchng, Copyright Free Images and YotoPhoto.

2. Trademark – A trademark is a word, name, symbol or other device that identifies the goods or services of a given person or company and distinguishes them from the goods or services of other persons or companies. Trademark law prevents you from using another’s trademark (such as the name of a musical group or artist) on your merchandise, because such use will cause consumers to believe that the trademark owner has made, approved of, or endorsed your merchandise. In short, a trademark is someone’s name/brand. For example, Coca-Cola® is a registered trademark. So how do you steer clear of trademarked material? First of all steer clear of anything bearing a ®, TM or SM symbol. These all signify that something is trademarked and may be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. For more information on international trademarks you can check out this site.

3. Objectionable Material – At Figment we would prefer if you refrained from using objectionable material when it comes to creating a band or album, but we understand that what is objectionable to one person may not be objectionable to others and that’s why when you created your account you were given the ability to screen out objectionable material from your Figment experience. If you did not exercise that right or did and would like to change it you can easily do so in your edit profile page which can be accessed from your dashboard. In addition, we allow users to bring objectionable materials to our attention and it is at our discretion to suspend or ban content or any user that we feel is not meeting our guidelines for prohibited material. If you would like to find out more about these general guidelines or would like some examples of what we consider prohibited content please read our Intelllectual Property Policy.

In general, try to create your own ideas and you shouldn’t have any issues. We certainly don’t want Figment to become a police state, so exercise your imagination and have fun. If you decide to parody something or someone, make sure you keep in mind their feelings and consult our IP Policy to ensure that your satirical parody is not crossing any lines that might put you in legal situation.

So if you have a clear conscience go ahead and push that button! We can’t wait to see what you’ve created.

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