Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and manager/ex-singer Angela Gossow have issued statements regarding the ban of photographer J. Salmeron from their concerts.
As reported, Salmeron was banned and blacklisted from the band’s live performances after he reached out to Thunderball Clothing – the company that makes White-Gluz’s onstage clothing – to stop misusing his work. You can read the whole story here.
Angela wrote through her social channels:
“We did not infringe any copyright.
“A picture got re-posted and tagged (not on my or Arch Enemy’s page). Then I got forwarded an email by Juan introducing himself as a lawyer and photographer and claiming money for said image – We had it removed immediately.
“Copyright issues, photographers on site we have no rights or choice to decide over what they do with the imagery does make artists feel vulnerable. The result: artists are trying to gain control over the situation again by having photographers sign a bunch of paperwork. We haven’t done anything like that so far.
“There was some miscommunication and misunderstanding along the way, I am sorry if I offended anybody. I got angry. If he would have just introduced himself as a photographer I would have reacted differently as opposed to be receiving a lawyers correspondence, which feels threatening to me. To clarify: there was no extortion or threat in a legal sense.
“All the best to you, have a great new year.”
Metal Insider reports that Gossow initially shared a different post, which was subsequently deleted. It read:
“A bit of slander happened to us today. Nice alternative facts story, copy and pasting bits and pieces.
“As for me: short story. Some guy introduces himself as a photographer / lawyer and threatens us over an Instagram re-post. I make sure the picture gets removed everywhere and he doesnt get to come close to my artist ever again.
“Sad bit: Too many people buy into that story without questioning it at all. They react with pure malicious hatred. In this day and age shouldn’t we be alarmed and vary of such ‘stories’??? Sheep.”