Single/album covers with music videos?

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I’ve noticed that some music video titles in IMDb include the cover art from the single or even from the album. Sometimes even a promo shot related to the song. Meaning, that the main image is not from the actual music video (they rarely have any ”official posters” anyway).

So, are the single covers (7”, 12”, CD singles) allowed with music videos?


( And before you ask - no, I’m not planning to delete any existing images. Just wondering that should I add them myself. )
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Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin), Champion

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Very much interested in that question and official position myself. I noticed that quite a few times and, while I'm far from opposing it, I am reluctant about doing it, although I did, once. I could not resist, image is the perfect fit: it crops ideally plus it actually depicts Mel Brooks in the same attire he wears in the video. Oh, and if you haven't seen the video, it's great. :) 

There are several rationales behind such choices of image. First one is perfectly logical: many CD singles and albums contain music videos as bonus tracks, so that makes cover art a legit box art for a music video release. Second one is the fact that one way or another music video and cover art are bundled as a master release, of sorts. For example, certain charts might show excerpts of the video in conjunction with cover art. 
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Thanks for your message.

I've forwarded this information to our relevant team for further investigation. We will post back when we receive an update on this.

Thank you in advance for your patience. We look forward to assisting you further.
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Hey all - apologies for the delay. If you check the image guidelines you'll see we don't allow the covers for soundtracks to be uploaded. Any uploads of single covers for music videos should also be declined. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!
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Grayson, not bad news at all: I was partial with that to begin with and I'd much prefer seeing screenshots and title cards on music video pages, than single covers, as it makes infinitely more sense. Will try my best at replacing as much images as I could, especially on the titles I've added myself (but haven't illustrated, that happens a lot and can be quite a source of dismay). 

Is that reflected celarly in the guidelines, though?