We reported yesterday on Taylor Swift coming under fire from photographer Jason Sheldon over a contract for shots taken during her latest tour that looked like a rights grab on the star’s behalf. Having accused Swift of hypocrisy given her stance on musicians’ right to be paid for their work, Sheldon got a response from Swift’s UK representatives yesterday, through the media. They claimed that he had “misrepresented” the agreement, sent to photographers on Swift’s behalf by Firefly Entertainment.
The contract “clearly states that any photographer shooting The 1989 World Tour has the opportunity for further use of said photographs with management’s approval,” the spokesperson told Business Insider. “Another distinct misrepresentation is the claim that the copyright of the photographs will be with anyone other than the photographer… Every artist has the right to and should protect the use of their name and likeness.” For his part, Sheldon is claiming misrepresentation in return: “For the record, I never claimed they take our copyright. Just the right to use and give our images away worldwide in perpetuity, just as bad.”