Taylor Swift revises photography contract after facing criticism

The singer relaxed tough rules placed on photographers at her performances following backlash

Taylor Swift has revised the rules she lays out for photographers during live performances after facing criticism online.

The singer’s representatives agreed to relax the tough conditions of a contract imposed on photographers that maintained the right to destroy images and confiscate equipment if certain terms were breached.

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) met with Swift’s team last night to hash out a new agreement that removes the threat of confiscation and the possibility of rights to images being withdrawn, BBC News reports.


“After taking the time to hear our concerns regarding her world tour photography guidelines agreement, the news and professional associations and Taylor’s team are very pleased to have been able to work together for a revised agreement that is fair to everyone involved,” said Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the NPPA.

Swift was accused of hypocrisy last month after criticising Apple for not paying artists during the three month trial of its music streaming service while imposing unusually strict conditions on photographers covering her ‘1989’ tour.

Swift’s ‘1989’ is streaming on Apple Music after she convinced the company to pay artists royalties during the three-month trial period for its new streaming service.

On June 20 a spokesperson for Swift confirmed that ‘1989’ would not appear on the service when it launched on June 30. Swift later wrote an open letter to Apple criticising their new streaming service, calling it “unfair” and “disappointing”.

The tech giant had previously stated a policy of not paying musicians, producers, songwriters or rights holders during the three-month free trial of their upcoming streaming service. However, after the open letter was published, the company performed a u-turn and confirmed that it will be compensating artists during the trial.

Swift herself then changed her stance and decided to stream ‘1989’ on Apple Music, making it the first service to get hold of the hugely popular album.