I was on a short holiday with my family last week when I was alerted to a breaking story about Taylor Swift changing her contract..
Various people claiming “You’ve won, she’s backed down”, “Well done!” “Great to see her knocked down a peg or two”…… Well, let’s slow down a bit..
Firstly, it wouldn’t be great to see her “knocked down a peg or two” at all.. I don’t believe she has been knocked down a peg, nor does she deserve to be. She had a bad contract in place which was highlighted due to her publicly criticising Apple for trying to enforce an egregious contract on her…
She said the right thing, at the right time. Just under the wrong circumstances.
Continue reading Taylor Swift changes her photo release contract – let’s have a close look
After my public response to Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, I didn’t quite expect the phenomenal reaction it received. I knew it was provocative, I knew it was going to be risky and could possibly harm my chances of getting access to other concerts in future.. but it needed to be said – out loud. When I thought hard about the possible consequences, and restrictions on my access to future work, I asked myself “What point is there in going to work if I can’t be paid for it – yet everyone else gets to benefit from my labour?”. The answer?
Continue reading Response to Taylor Swift’s agent
* Updated : Following a statement released by Taylor Swift’s UK agent, I have responded here*
Dear Taylor Swift,
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.
(For reference: http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor)
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.
Continue reading An open response to Taylor Swift’s rant against Apple