Why Photographers Are Claiming They Are Being Ripped Off By Ariana Grande

It looks like a few news and media outlets are not too happy with Ariana Grande.

The singer is not here for photographers using photos from her concerts however they please and has laid down a new policy that requires media outlets to surrender all rights to any photos taken during her Sweetener World Tour.

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – MARCH 18: Ariana Grande performs onstage during the Sweetener World Tour – Opening Night at Times Union Center on March 18, 2019 in Albany, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana Grande)

Though this policy is benefiting Grande, the National Press Photographers Association are trying hard to get the singer to revoke her decision.

Photographers have taken advantage of Grande before

Ariana Grande is not messing around when it comes to photographers using photos of her for their own personal gain.

Sources claim that the singer has made the decision to put forth a policy in which professional photographers, who take photos during her concerts, are required to hand over all rights to their photos to her tour company, GrandAriTour, Inc.

The photographers are also required to only take still shots of the singer from a designated area during the first 3 songs of her concerts.

Though many photographers think this new policy is over the top, it stems from years of Ariana Grande being taken advantage of by media outlets.

In the past, Grande would allow photographers to take as many photos of her as they wanted during her concerts.

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However, the singer began realizing media outlets were selling the photos they took to businesses that would profit off of selling unauthorized merchandise using the photo.

Not all of the photos taken by media outlets have been approved by the singer in the past and with this policy, Ariana Grande should not run into any problems of people profiting off of her photos.

With this new policy, Ariana Grande has complete control over which photos news and media outlets can use of her.

Photographers are not too happy about this policy

Ariana Grande is happy with her new policy and couldn’t care less what media outlets think of her decision.

However, many media organizations are pretty upset the singer has put this policy in place.

It has been revealed that the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) are protesting against the singer for taking away their creative freedom when it comes to taking photos during her Sweetener World Tour.

The NPPA along with New York Times, LA Times and 12 other media outlets are refusing to sign Ariana Grande’s photography agreement and feel as though they should be able to keep the rights to the photos they took.

The National Press Photographers Association have written a formal letter to GrandAriTour, Inc asking them to reevaluate their decision to implement this photo agreement.

“As representatives of independent and staff photojournalists along with the news organizations that they shoot for, we encourage your company and Ms. Grande to create an agreement that better recognizes and values the work of visual artists with the same respect we assume she has for the rights of musicians and the worth of their songs,” NPPA wrote.

Grande has agreed to distribute any photos her in-house photographer takes to any news outlets who wants them but they would already be pre-approved by her.

Ariana Grande’s reps have yet to make a comment but we’re pretty sure no amount of letters can make the singer change her mind about this.