Are there any restrictions for my artwork when selling my music digitally?

Cover artwork may NOT display the following:

  • Website URL
  • Contact information (e-mail address, phone number, etc.)
  • Pornographic images
  • Copyrighted images
  • Symbols of unconstitutional organizations (restricted by the Strafgesetzbuch Section 86A - for example, Nazi symbolism)
  • Scan of a CD or disc artwork (must be retail-ready artwork)
  • Tribute albums
    1. A tribute album's cover art must list the performing artist name as large as, or larger than, the original artist name.
    2. The word "Tribute" must appear as large as, or larger than, the original artist name.
    3. The performing artist's name cannot include the original artist name (for example - The Beatles Tribute Band)
    4. The album title should NOT start with the original artist name (for example - The Beatles: A Metal Tribute, etc) - however, the original artist name CAN appear later on in the album title (for example - Help: A Metal Tribute to the Beatles)
    5. The track titles cannot include references such as: "As Made Famous By...," "Originally Performed By…," "In the Style of…," etc.
  • Extremely blurry or pixilated images
  • References to physical packaging (“CD," "Disc," etc.)
  • References to a digital product ("Digital Exclusive," "Digital Version," etc.)
  • References to pricing ("Reduced Price," "Low Price," "Available for $9.99," "100% of Proceeds," etc.)
  • References to a physical retailer ("Available at Target," "Walmart Edition," etc.)
  • Promises content that the album does not contain (“Includes DVD,” “Includes Stickers,” "Includes Lyrics,"etc.)
  • Up-sells to another product (merchandise, other albums by the same artist, etc.)
  • Claims to be an exclusive album of one of the digital partners without their permission (includes the word "iTunes"
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