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Profile and playlist user image guidelines

You can personalize Spotify by creating your own playlist covers and descriptions and by uploading your own profile picture.

However, Spotify isn’t a platform for promoting hatred, abuse, or engaging in illegal behavior.

These guidelines explain the types of images and annotations we don’t allow.

Intellectual property and privacy

You can't upload any images that violate any copyright, trademark, or personal image rights.

  • Copyright - In most countries and regions, copyright laws exist to protect people's original works and creations (book, music, art, etc.). Copyright generally doesn’t protect ideas or facts, but in some cases it protects original words or images used to express an idea. To find out more detailed information about country or region specific copyright laws, check out the WIPO’s Global Directory.
  • Trademark - Trademark is a word, slogan, symbol, or design (logo, brand/company name) that distinguishes the products/services offered by one entity from those of another. Generally, the purpose of trademark laws are to prevent consumer confusion about the source of the party providing service.
  • Personal Image - Personality rights, or right of publicity, protect an individual from unauthorised public or commercial use of their name, image, personality, or likeness. Basically, don’t post an image of someone without their consent.

Prohibited content

Here are some types of content we don’t allow.

Note: Since we have a large community with members across many countries, cultures, and backgrounds, something you might find disagreeable may not violate our Guidelines.

  • Nudity, pornography, and other sexually explicit content isn’t allowed on Spotify.
  • Child sexual abuse imagery and pedophilia - Spotify has a zero-tolerance policy for content that sexually exploits or sexualizes minors. Posting, sharing, or downloading images of this nature will result in your account being suspended and Spotify reporting such content as required by law.
  • Hate content and imagery - We don’t allow any content that promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence.
  • Harassment - Bullying or harassment of an individual or group isn’t permitted on the service.
  • Overly violent content - While we support your ability to express yourself, we also don’t allow overly violent content on Spotify.

Last updated: 19 January, 2022

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