Axl Rose has been working out in preparation of his summer tours fronting Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC, and while he reportedly looks noticeably slimmer in person, he isn’t thrilled with the pictures he’s seeing online. TorrentFreak reports that Axl has sent a cease and desist letter to Google and Blogspot demanding the removal of photos and memes poking fun at his weight.
Web Sheriff, an anti-piracy company that provides copyright and privacy protection services to clients, sent a note to Blogspot and GoogleUserContent that reads in part: “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.”
The picture in question was taken by Boris Minkevich for the Winnipeg Free Press in 2010. Web Sheriff claims that he is not the copyright holder, telling TorrentFreak: “We can gladly confirm that all official / accredited photographers at Axl Rose shows sign-off on ‘Photography Permission’ contracts / ‘Photographic Release’ agreements which A. specify and limit the manner in which the photos can be exploited and B. transfer copyright ownership in such photos to Axl Rose’s relevant service company.”
Minkevich reportedly could not recall signing the contract.
TBD if Google will comply, but as of press time, the picture and memes were available.