Some Lady Is Claiming Taylor Swift Used Her "Art" To Promote Her Album, And Is Asking For Reimbursement
NOLA- A New Orleans visual artist penned an open letter to Taylor Swift on Facebook, after what she describes as a frustrating experience trying to get credit for a piece of her own artwork.
The letter's author, Ally Burguieres, describes a situation in which a fan of Swift's copied a drawing that Burguieres created. Swift snapped a photo of the copy, then shared it on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, which Burguieres claims was promotion for the pop star's wildly popular "1989" album.
Burgieres uses the fox image as the logo at her self-titled French Quarter gallery, and she said she's overheard numerous visitors remark on the similarities, saying things like "that's the Taylor Swift fox."
"I know it's easy to think that someone might do something like this just for attention or to get money," Burguieres said. "But for me, it's about the principle of it. I didn't want to be suppressed because my rights were inconvenient to somebody in power. I didn't want to be silenced or intimidated or made to feel like I didn't matter because no one would be hearing what I was saying. I don't think anybody should feel that way. I respect Taylor, and I've bought her albums. I don't consider myself not a fan, but I don't appreciate these transgressions against art."
"If (Swift is) going to take the law and use it for her own commercial gains, I'd also like to see her respect the rights and value of other artists," Burguieres said. "It's important that we all support each other. Reaching out to her, from the beginning, I've never done it with malice or contention or entitlement. It's simply that the unchecked power is dangerous, and it's important to take care of each other as artists and not intimidate or steamroll. If it's a power game, it's over."
How about Taylor Swift being a lightning rod for controversy these days? Damn Tay-Tay, you make one song about 'Bad Blood' and people are ready to start making those pockets bleed. Anyway, talk about looking a gift fox in the mouth. Taylor turned a non-descript picture of a wild animal, that a 10 year old could probably come dangerously close to recreating, into the "Taylor Swift fox". Hey lady, you want compensation? Go take a look at your books and see just how many people bought copies of the fucking fox painting since it got posted on the social media account of a world renowned pop star. You can consider every cent you have received from that piece of art alone reimbursement for Taylor Swift using your picture as a "promotional tool".
I have been to New Orleans. It's like an art aficionado's dream down there. That's why no one is wasting their money on a painting of a fox unless tourists inadvertently think that it has something to do with Taylor Swift. You really want to profit off Taylor Swift? Name the stupid painting "Taylor Swift Fox". Put a big ass sign out front of your gallery that says "HOME OF THE TAYLOR SWIFT FOX". Take the 'Blank Space' that exists around the majority of this canvas and have Taylor Swift write her name. Boom, sales through the roof. Attaching T-Swift's name to anything instantly makes it more valuable, especially when it's original value was that of Billy Madison's blue duck. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift accidentally aligning herself with your rudimentary fox painting has brought her absolutely nothing in terms of excess income. Taylor Swift isn't get paid for Instagram likes, she's getting paid off record sales and tour dates. Things that undoubtedly haven't increased because she happened to publish a fan's rendition of your elementary art. This isn't '1989' bitch, artistic integrity doesn't pay the bills. As an Ally Burguieres original this picture is fruitless, but as a Taylor Swift original it's priceless. I know your an artist, but maybe it would have been smart to learn how business works before opening your own?