Axl Rose is making legal moves to have an unflattering photograph of him removed from the Internet.
The 2010 photograph by Boris Minkevich shows a heavyweight, scowling Rose dressed in white during a concert in Winnipeg, sporting an unflattering white outfit. The photo has been used in more than a few memes making fun of Rose -- including this year as he set out on the road not only with Guns N' Roses but also filling in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC.
Now Rose has filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint asking web sites and search engines such as Google to remove the image. Rose is claiming copyright over the photo since GNR requires photographers to sign a waiver before shooting the band that gives the group ownership of its copyright. Rose's DMCA request states, "Pleased be advised that no permission has been granted to publish the copyright image so we cannot direct you to an authorised example of it."
It remains to be seen if sites will comply, but it does feel a bit like shutting the chicken coop door after the wolf got in.
Rose is on the road in Europe with AC/DC through June 15, then starts Guns N' Roses' “Not In This Lifetime Tour…” on June 23 in Detroit.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.