Jennifer (sargeantsarcasm) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Taylor Swift branded a "hypocrite" by tour photographer

Photographer Jason Shelson responded to Taylor's open letter by posting a copy of her photo policy at her shows which says it gives her "free and unlimited use of our work, worldwide, in perpetuity." He had this to say about her policy:

"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?

Photographers need to earn a living as well.

As a freelance photographer, I am asked to photograph concerts by publications. I get paid if and when the photos are used, not for turning up to a show and shooting it.

When I’m not allowed to do anything else with the photos, that means I’ve incurred expenses to work, which I can’t recover.

Therefore preventing me from licensing my photos to more than one publication, or even (as later versions of this contract stipulate) preventing me from using the images for my own self promotion in a portfolio, while they can use them without licensing the usage, is highly unfair and unjustified.

You say in your letter 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?"

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