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Taylor Swift blasted for double standards by photographer
|June 23, 2015|
Tay Tay might have opened a whole new door after her Apple Music rant this week. After disapproving of Apple Music's free 3-month trial, the Grammy winner is now being accused of limiting photography as well.
Photographer Jason Sheldon penned an open letter to the singer about her policies regarding image rights. In the note, he begins praising her recent coup over the music streaming service.
“It’s great to have someone with a huge following standing up for the rights of creative people and making a stand against the corporate behemoths who have so much power they can make or break someone’s career,” Sheldon wrote.
He then went on to talk about how photographers wouldn’t have such a positive response when standing up for themselves.
“There are hundreds of professional concert photographers who don’t enjoy that security — they don’t have the voice you do, and they don’t have the public favor that you have when it comes to demanding fair rights for their work, and they have a much higher risk of being prevented from working in future, not just at your shows, but any show which is connected by the same promoter, venue, PR, or management company,” Sheldon continued
Sheldon then shared a document he claims he was asked to sign in order to cover one of Swift’s concerts.
“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 for our work ever again, while granting you the rights to exploit our work for your benefit for all eternity,” Sheldon added. “How are you any different to Apple?"
Sheldon then sarcastically concluded by quoting Taylor's own words about Apple Music.
He concluded by writing, “Photographers don’t ask for your music for free. Please don’t ask us to provide you with your marketing material for free. Time to stop being ‘Mean’.”
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By: Maverine Lane
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