Can I use offensive content in my artwork?

Your Mum wouldn’t want to see it, and neither do we. Sorry!

We have to be careful around offensive content, whether in release audio or release artwork. We will have to reject releases uploaded through RouteNote that fall into the offensive category.

Things to avoid are:

  • Nudity
    Some stores are likely to flag most nudity as pornographic content.
  • Violence and gore
    Graphic depictions of violence and injury are usually rejected as offensive content.
  • Culturally offensive content
    This might be artwork referencing sensitive issues or events, e.g.: terrorist attacks, disasters, tragedies, etc. It’s possible to reference events like this in artwork in a respectful manner, but you’ll be at risk of some stores deciding not to accept your release because of it.
  • Discriminatory content
    Anything that uses stereotypes relating to, or promotes hatred towards, groups based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national/ethnic origin, or other identities, is unacceptable, even if it’s “just a joke”. Stores won’t accept it, and we don’t want to distribute it.
  • Threatening content
    Artwork that suggests violence towards a specific person or group, even if it’s not meant seriously, can’t be accepted. An example might be a political figure with a crosshair overlaid on them.

Have a watch of our handy video below for tips on uploading your cover art through RouteNote!

Check out the full RouteNote Style Guide here!

See also:
Are there any types of things I can’t include in my release artwork?
Does my artwork meet RouteNote’s quality standards?

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