If your profile and/or cover picture is currently an image or a GIF made by someone other than you, and the original artist did not give permission for their creation to be used elsewhere, please change/remove/replace these images as soon as possible, so as to respect both NMG's rules and copyright law, as well as the hard work and creativity that all kinds of creators (including so many of you!) put into their artwork.
As NMG's Rules & Responsibilities (see http://nmgmembers.com/faq) say, it is not OK to post:
"Songs lyrics, other writing, or images created by someone other than you, even if you change them for your own work."
When someone creates an image, they own the copyright to that creation—which means that other people cannot use it without the artist's permission. For this reason, when choosing profile and cover icons to upload for your personal page, it's important that the images you use fall into one of the below categories:
- The original creator gave you specific permission to use their work. If this is the case, we ask that you give credit in your "About Me" page to the artist, including stating that you have permission to use the image. (If you are sharing someone else's work with permission on NMG somewhere other than in your profile picture, make sure to include the credit and information in that post as well.)
OR (better yet!)...
- The photo or art is something that you made yourself! Photographs, drawings, paintings... anything you create is fair game (as long as it adheres to our community Guidelines). We all love seeing your creative work!
If you have any questions or concerns about appropriate profile pictures, NMG rules, or anything else, please feel free to comment below or PM me directly anytime (and, of course, you can always consult the FAQs). Thank you all for understanding, respecting artists' ownership of their work, and sharing your own creativity—and thanks so much to each and every one of you for being the wonderful part of the NMG community that you are!