Just two days ago I was blogging about how Queen T had bested the corporate overlords at Apple, forcing them to change an Apple Music policy that would have stopped indie artist (and Taylor Swift) from getting paid while subscribers were in the free-trial period of Apple Music. Today, I’m here to tell you that Taylor Swift sucks gigantic donkey balls. She’s not a good person. In fact, if this leaked rider from one of her tours is to be believed then Taylor Swift is a bad person, one who thinks she’s above the law and doesn’t give two shits about artist or photographers.
After taking the moral high ground in the fight against Apple, the 25-year-old nuisance who summers in Watch Hill, Rhode Island was the belle of the ball for a few days before rumblings began that she’s not as genuine as she claims to be. Her whole premise of getting Apple to reverse their policy of not paying artists during the free trial period hinged on this snarky statement by Taylor:
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Well, now that we’ve established that let’s take a look at the photographer’s rider from her 1989 Tour, where she is stealing the work and copyright from photographers because she can. She completely strips photographers of their rights, acting significantly more hypocritical than Apple ever did:
Taylor’s people were quick to go on the offensive, saying this rider was from an earlier tour and not the 1989 Tour.
In a statement to the press, Swift’s UK spokesperson said that Sheldon’s claims misrepresented the agreement form. “The standard photography agreement has been misrepresented in that it clearly states that any photographer shooting ‘The 1989 World Tour’ has the opportunity for further use of said photographs with management’s approval,” the statement read. “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.”
Though some of that is fair, it also misses a few points. For one, Sheldon’s contract was from an earlier tour, not the 1989 tour. For another, Sheldon says he never insinuated the agreement strips photographers of copyright; instead, the contact circumnavigates copyright all together by allowing Swift and her companies to use the images in promotions without ever paying for them. In other words, the photographers “own” the images, but can’t do anything with them, and Swift can use them in any “non-commercial” way she sees fit.
If you thought these policies might have been clarified or improved in the 1989 World Tour version of the forms, prepare to be disappointed. Another photographer, Joel Goodman, posted a copy of the new authorization forms, and not only do they still contain the “rights grab” from Sheldon’s version, but they add a disturbing new clause.
“This contract is particularly egregious in that it not only contains an all out rights grab on the photographers’ work,” Goodman said, “whilst limiting their editorial control and ability to earn from that work — and does so without compensation — but because it does so under threat of criminal damage or destruction of property.”
FACT: Taylor Swift is a hypocrite.
FACT: Taylor Swift hates photographers.
FACT: Taylor Swift makes photographers sign contracts that strips them of their own work.
Taylor Swift is NOT a good person. It’s time everyone rise about the T-Swift propaganda. Look past that blonde hair and those blue eyes and see her for the she devil she is. I take back anything nice I said about Tay last week, because she’s just not the woman she’s been pretending to be. It’s true, bros, Taylor Swift is a succubus: