Taylor Swift has come under a lot of fire in recent months regarding some of the restrictions and limitations in the contract photographers are required to sign when shooting her "1989 World Tour", but Mickey Osterreicher, the general counsel for the National Press Photographer’s Association, just announced via a statement to Poynters that the seven-time Grammy winner has agreed to revisions to her contract that will hopefully make it more palatable to media members.
The primary revisions to the contract address several of the major sticking points that have caused complaints from photographers. Representatives of the artist no longer have the power to forcibly remove images from photographers cameras; that language has instead been softened to say that you "may" be subject to having your photos deleted "if it is determined that you have taken photographs beyond the rules of this agreement". A stipulation that photographers and publications may only use an image once has been removed entirely, while an extra line has been added explicitly stating that "this contract does NOT transfer copyright away from you, the photographer or publication." (emphasis added).
Osterreicher has been working with Swift's team for some time to bring about these changes to the contract, and is very pleased with the result.
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.
Mashable has posted a copy of the new contract in it's entirety; check it out below.
I think that this is a definite win for all photographers and media outlets, not just those that are covering Taylor Swift's concerts. It is encouraging to see that positive dialog can be had with even the largest of stars, resulting in a positive outcome for those bringing forward their complaints.