Local artist Ally Burguieres accuses Taylor Swift of plagiarism

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 9.16.21 AMAlly Burguieres isn’t happy with Taylor Swift. In an open letter to the singer, Burguieres says she was “astonished” to see the use of one of her most popular designs on Swift’s social media platforms as part of her promotions for her new album, “1989.”

Burguieres, who owns an art gallery on Royal Street, says she spent months trying to resolve the matter. At first, Burguieres thought it had to be an oversight on Swift’s part.

“I was devastated, but I took solace in thinking that someone so outspoken about artists’ rights would willingly fix her mistake,” Burguieres said in the letter. “Mistakes are easy to make; I thought if you only KNEW about the error, you would do what is in your power to make it right. I was wrong. My efforts to combat the pirated and unauthorized copy (and your use and distribution of it to millions of people) were noticed, as you removed the post after several days. But the copy had been shared and downloaded countless times, and it seemed neither you nor your team intended on correcting your mistake.”

Read Burguieres entire letter here.

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