Taylor Swift made headlines early this week when she convinced Apple Music to change their payment policy, but now a UK photographer has called her a hypocrite! Jason Sheldon wrote the pop star an open letter about the contract she makes photographers sign during her concerts, and claimed that she’s no better than Apple.
According to Jason, photographers can only profit from their 1989 World Tour pictures once, but Taylor is allowed to have unlimited use of them all.
He wrote, ” You say in your letter to Apple that ‘Three months is a long time to go unpaid.’ But you seem happy to restrict us to being paid once, and never being able to earn from our work ever again, while granting you the rights to exploit our work for your benefit for all eternity….”
“How are you any different to Apple? If you don’t like being exploited, that’s great.. make a huge statement about it, and you’ll have my support. But how about making sure you’re not guilty of the very same tactic before you have a pop at someone else?”
Taylor’s team did not take kindly to the criticism and shot back at Jason, saying his claims were “misrepresented.”
“The contract clearly states that any photographer shooting The 1989 World Tour has the opportunity for further use of said photographs with management’s approval,” her rep said. “…Every artist has the right to and should protect the use of their name and likeness.”
Well, that’s one way to handle things. While Jason was hoping for a change to the contract, Taylor’s team stood firmly by it. We guess Jason won’t be pulling a TSwift in this situation.