Ally Burguieres, a New Orleans-based artist, claims that Taylor Swift failed to give her credit for a watercolor fox after it was used in a promotional image for 1989. You may have seen the cute fox on Swift’s social media accounts back in October 2014 when she was promoting her then-new album.
A fan had created a painting similar to Burguieres’, adding lyrics from Swift’s song, “I Know Places” which contains a lyric about foxes. Swift, thinking the Burguiere-inspired watercolor was from the fan, re-posted the fox to her social media accounts. In response, Burguieres and her friends took to social media to call out the singer publicly. You can one of the tweets below.
Burguieres posted to Facebook last week, claiming that Swift removed the post days after finding out about the claim on social media. Swift offered a “four-figure” compensation “with the stipulation that [Burguieres] must donate it all.” However, a spokesperson for Swift has denied all of this in a statement made to Cosmopolitan. The statement, in full, stated:
“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.”
In short, just like that guy who tried to sue Swift over similar lyrics, people are just trying to sue Taylor for her money. Ally Burguieres, if you want to draw an audience to your art store, best create something of note, huh?