NPPA Helps to Write a New Taylor Swift Contract

Well, this is an interesting turn – the National Press Photographers Association, in conjunction with 13 other news entities, have helped re-write the contact given to photographers who are covering Taylor Swift’s current tour. NPPA’s general counsel, Mickey Osterreicher, took the lead in drafting the new agreement.

Is it perfect? Well … no. But it isn’t bad. The one thing that independent photographers would want is not allowed – the ability to relicense images. The new contract states that the images created can only be used by the publication that is requesting the credential. That’s not an issue for individual publications, but is a minor business problem for independents.

Still, very nice to see 14 organizations coming together for the benefit of photographers and being successful.

Mark E. Johnson

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