Taylor Swift (or maybe it's Team Taylor Swift) has responded to the scandal surrounding a visual artist who accused the singer of not crediting or compensating her for a painting that the pop titan posted on her Instagram account.
Back in Halloween 2014, Taylor posted a photo of a watercolor fox, which included lyrics to her 1989 cut, "I Know Places." However, this wasn't the original version of the piece, which was created by Ally Burguieres, so she reached out to Taylor and asked for it to be taken down. The version that Taylor posted was actually a copy with someone else's name attached to it. Naturally, Swift took it down, but Ally didn't exactly receive a proper response to the posting.
"After months of effort, I received an offer from you and your team that mentions no credit to me as the artist of the design, but does include payment of a 'four-figure' amount, with the stipulation that I must donate it all," Ally wrote in an open letter.
Since the headline has gone viral, Team Taylor has responded to the incident via a public statement and clarify "there was no requirement of a contribution to any charity."
taylor swift used my friend's artwork for promo without crediting and refuses to adequately compensate her for it... pic.twitter.com/EDfunva4mJ— madi (@wtfjauregui) December 13, 2015
Check out Taylor Swift's response in full below:
A fan has stated that she created the watercolor drawing of a fox, added some of Taylor's lyrics and signed the artwork as her own, posting it. Ms. Swift, believing it to be the fan's original work, reposted the fan's art, with her own comment, continuing the social media conversation. Ms. Burguieres did not contact Taylor's office, but she posted on social media her claim that the fan had used her drawing. We found that posting, accepted it at face value and immediately took down Taylor's posting of the fan art. At no time during these postings did Ms. Burguieres contact our office directly.
Notwithstanding the huge publicity this has generated for Ms. Burguieres and her store, in early November, Ms. Swift's office made a fair offer of payment well above a reasonable licensing fee for the short time that the fan art was posted online. The offer was for a payment to Ms. Burguieres – there was no requirement of a contribution to any charity. Her lawyer further advised us that Ms. Burguieres chose to go after Taylor only, and not against the woman who has admitted she used Ms. Burguieres' work as inspiration. Ms. Burguieres' lawyer acknowledged Ms. Swift's action was unintentional, but rejected the offer. She promised to get back to us with an explanation of why she felt Ms. Burguieres was entitled to more money, but she never did that and the next we heard was Ms. Burguieres' new posting.
We have tried on multiple occasions to address Ms. Burguieres' concerns, but these actions make it clear to us that this is just an unfortunate effort to extract more money and more publicity.
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