Breaking: Axl Rose Is A Delicate Flower
June 8, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — In his efforts to quietly issue several DMCA takedown requests for the ‘Fat Axl’ meme circulating on the internet, Axl Rose of the eponymous (crap) rock band Guns N Roses, has catapulted the unflattering picture into Memedom forever.
Apparently, at least 11 requests on behalf of Axl Rose were made citing copyright violations. The way these Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests work is if a piece of copyrighted work is being displayed illegally on the internet, the copyright-holder can notify the service provider by issuing a takedown request to remove those materials which appear to infringe on their copyright. In this case, Axl Rose does not own the copyright to the photo, just merely possesses the characteristics of being a delicate flower.
We all have pictures of ourselves that we wish had never seen the light of day. However, as Axl Rose has learned, without owning the copyright to said unfavorable photo, it is difficult to effectively force its removal from the public space. Some potential measures would be politely sending a cease and desist letter to the host of the site where the picture is located, arguing a case for defamation or, if you are in Europe, exercising your rights to be forgotten.
This is all well and good if you are a private citizen or a Z-list celebrity. When you are an internationally known and recognized rock star, such sensitivities must be thrown out the window as they are fodder for being taken the piss out of. It boggles the mind, as Rose is fine with this photo, sporting ginger dreads, punching David Bowie and generally being a questionable human being.
My advice for Mr Rose: grow a pair, it’s a big, bad unforgiving world out there – and, more importantly, no one cares.