Photographer Calls Taylor Swift a Hypocrite over Apple Music Controversy

AP/Wade Payne
AP/Wade Payne

Days after Taylor Swift threatened to pull her album from Apple’s new music streaming service, when the company stated it would not compensate artists during a three-month trial period, a UK-based photographer has called the pop star a hypocrite for allegedly requiring him to sign a contract that prevents him from profiting from images he captured of the singer.

The photographer, Jason Sheldon, posted an open letter and a copy of his concert photo authorization form to the mega star to his website this past Sunday.

“How are you any different to Apple? If you don’t like being exploited, that’s great… making a huge statement about it, and you’ll have my support,” he wrote. “But how about making sure you’re not guilty of the very same tactic before you have a pop at someone else?”

A UK rep for Swift fired back at Sheldon’s claims, saying his allegations misrepresent 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 approval,” said the spokesperson.

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