Taylor Swift accused of being 'mean' to other artists
Taylor Swift is one of the most well-loved celebrities, but not every one loves her, as is evident by this new letter that details how "mean" she is.
The "Bad Blood" hit maker recently won a victory for herself and other musicians when Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, responded to her via Twitter saying that he had heard her message loud and clear and that Apple will pay artists for their streaming.
But now one photographer, Jason Sheldon, has taken to his blog to write Swift an open letter in which he compares her image rights policy to Apple Music's streaming service.
"I have read your open letter to Apple where you give your reasons for refusing to allow your album '1989' to be included on their forthcoming Apple Music streaming service," Sheldon begins. "I applaud it. 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."
He continues, "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 [the] future, not just at your shows, but any show which is connected by the same promoter, venue, PR, or management company."
While Sheldon says it's great that Swift is standing up for creatives, he feels she may have double standards when it comes to freelance photographers who shoot her shows.
"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?"
And as a parting note, Sheldon referred to Swift as mean, writing, "Time to stop being 'Mean.'"