Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose took offense on some unflattering photos of him on the internet and has demanded Google to delete the images.
Rose has issued a DMCA takedown request with Google to remove the images that have been the center of social media “Fat Axl” memes, Rolling Stone reported.
The DMCA or Digital Millennium Copyright Act is the act that codified and criminalized internet piracy in the US, The Guardian noted.
The DMCA notice was sent by Web Sheriff on behalf of Rose. It reads: “Copyright image of Axl Rose. Please be advised that no permission has been granted to publish the copyright image so we cannot direct you to an authorized example of it.”
One of the images showed the rock star with a little bit round face during a concert in 2010. Another photo depicted Rose performing at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada while wearing a red bandana. The later was taken by Boris Minkevich and originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press.
The images were used in several memes like “sweet pie’o’mine” or “take me down to bakery city.” However, according to TorrentFreak, sending DMCA notice is not likely to get the photos remove from being used as memes.
Rolling Stone reported that the rock legend has argued that the images are actually his property. Rose also claimed that all photographers were required to sign a release form upon entering the concert.
However, Minkevich has mentioned that he does not remember whether he did or did not sign a release form, the publication noted. Minkivich also argued that the images were infringing in a different manner. “Either way, the photo was stolen off our website with no permission granted by the Winnipeg Free Press,” he said.
According to The Guardian, Rose might feel the memes deviated the attention of Guns N’ Roses fans from their upcoming “Not in This Lifetime” tour. But the publication also noted that fans probably would not notice the photos if Rose did not issue a DMCA takedown request.
Google has not yet complied with the DMCA takedown request and the images remain accessible on the internet.
Meanwhile, Axl Rose is set to reunite with his bandmates for their “Not in This Lifetime” tour opening salvo at Detroit’s Ford Field on June 23.
AC/DC has also recently released the new rescheduled dates for their 10 U.S. concerts, which were postponed in March when singer Brian Johnson was forced to take a time-out due to a hearing problem. Rose is currently filling in for Johnson while AC/DC is on its “Rock or Bust” tour.