A rep for Taylor Swift has fired back at a photographer who accused her of hypocrisy after her victory over Apple, saying he misrepresented her policy towards concert photography.
On Sunday, the “Shake It Off” singer scored a big win against Apple, which reversed its policy of not paying artists during a free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service after Swift lambasted the tech company in an open letter.
But freelance photographer Jason Sheldon says that Swift has a similar policy when it comes to professionals photographing her concerts. Sheldon posted a contract he signed to shoot the singer’s 2011 show in Birmingham, England, which said, “Photographs may be used on a one-time only basis for news or information purposes.” The contract also gave Swift’s management company “perpetual, worldwide use” over the photos.
“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,” he wrote on his blog. “How are you any different to Apple?”
A Taylor Swift spokesperson, who said the contract is similar to those issued by other high-profile artists, sent a statement to Business Insider:
“The 1989 World Tour has the opportunity for further use of said photographs with management’s approval,” the spokesperson said. “Another distinct misrepresentation is the claim that the copyright of the photographs will be with anyone other than the photographer — this agreement does not transfer copyright away from the photographer. Every artist has the right to and should protect the use of their name and likeness.”