Here we go again! Another photographer named Joel Goodman has called out Taylor Swift over stipulations in the contract that is handed out to photographers shooting her most recent tour: 1989 World Tour. This time, however, the contract states that the entertainment group known as Firefly Entertainment reserves the right to "destroy the technology" that houses the photographs. This is one step beyond what the previous contract stated.
If you fail to fully comply with this Authorization, authorized agents of FEI, the Artist or the Related Entities may confiscate and/or destroy the technology or devices that contain the master files of the Photographs and other images, including, but not limited to, cell phones and memory cards, and the Photographs and any other images.
This part is the most interesting to photographers. Essentially it says, "break our rules and we'll break your gear." Joel Goodman is the second photographer to have an issue with Taylor Swift's contracts since she posted an open letter in regard to Apple's new music streaming service. Jason Sheldon recently called out Taylor Swift for limiting the use of the photos shot at her concert. Essentially stating that photos aren't allowed to be resold or used in the photographers own advertisements/portfolio without permission from Firefly Entertainment.
What do you think? Personally, I immediately thought this is how paparazzi would be treated. However, is this how Taylor Swift treats all concert photographers who take photos on her 1989 world tour? Perhaps these occurrences are incredibly rare and are more meant to protect Ms. Swift in extreme circumstances?