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    Posted: 27 Oct 2020 at 7:33am
MMA has recently been getting a number of requests from people asking us to remove certain personal information from their band's page on MMA. As such, we've had to come up with a policy on how such requests should be handled. The official policy for this is as follows and it is very strict:

Metal Music Archives is a database that collects factual information about metal and related artists and their releases - information that is (or was) released to the public. This includes release and artist information including line-ups containing personal names and associated images of the artist and album covers. 

MMA will not remove information because the original source goes offline or otherwise removes it. To do so would go against our mission directive. The key is actually in our name - we are an archive. We save this information to prevent its loss, as well as provide a continued platform for review by site members. We will not lower the accuracy and credibility of our database by making changes, especially that of removing entire bands, that our collaborator teams spent their free time researching. 

We are taking this stance to stop acts who we know existed from falling into such obscurity that years later we might well be the only source for them. This is especially true of bands in genres such as metalcore, alternative metal and others where our competition sites may decline to list the act or even call into question their metal credentials. 

The bottom line of the matter is that if any individual doesn't want their name out there in this internet age, then they should have created a pseudonym to use for their official credit (which we would also use per site policy) or released their work completely anonymously (which we would respect per site policy even if your identity was later revealed by a third party) or perhaps not even released music to the public at all. There is no copyright on publicly available information and MMA is not here to play the revisionist to the individual's whim. The MMA team take pride in their work and will not see it undone because someone suddenly decides that don't want to be associated with their musical past. 

The only time that we will remove information is if you can provide proof that it is wrong or should never have been made public (there's a big difference between you releasing your information and someone who knows you personally 'leaking' it). Proof can be in a form of scans of the liner notes of a physical release or an archived web page that shows old line-up information (or lack of it) - live webpages except for genuinely current artists (with a release in the current year) won't cut it as proof - you could have gone online, taken/changed the information that morning before showing us the link. You also should provide proof that you are who you say you are. 
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