Lady Gaga Speaks Up About Piracy and Shutterstock Has a Bizarre Response to It 
Sat, January 28, 2023

Lady Gaga Speaks Up About Piracy and Shutterstock Has a Bizarre Response to It 

Lady Gaga posted a photo from Shutterstock and Shutterstock had something to say about it / Photo credit via yelo34 via 123RF


Lady Gaga has never been one to back down when a relevant issue is being discussed. When she released “Born This Way” with the message that now made it such an iconic song, it became clear that the artist is unstoppable. Recently, the star spoke out about piracy that still continues to plague the music industry. 

According to Peta Pixel, a photography blog, Lady Gaga’s stand against piracy, accompanied by a photo, was posted on Twitter with the simple caption “can y’all stop” last January 22nd. 

The picture is of a young girl wearing a ski mask, an orange checkered dress, and what looks like a chunky phone in hand. She is also shown to be wearing headphones and seemingly dancing to whatever music might be on the chunky phone. 

This strange post from the singer was apparently in response to the fact that even before she was able to release her new music, her new song “Stupid Love” has already leaked onto the internet just last weekend. In retaliation, Gaga took the opportunity to speak out about it and broadcast it to anyone who may have already listened to the song in its unauthorized release. 

What made Gaga’s post interesting was the fact that the image she posted was not only a strange stock image but that it came from Shutterstock. Although the watermark of the website was still there, Shutterstock decided it was apt to give the singer their response: “@ladygaga We hear you! We like artists to be paid for their work too. Here’s a link to the photographer’s work where you can license these quality images.”
Shutterstock then included a link to the two photos that Gaga posted, and needless to say, that bizarre response by Shutterstock was quickly detected by fans of the star. One user said they felt strange that Shutterstock sees fit to come after Gaga just because the tweet was viral. 

Another said that Gaga wasn’t violating anything as the watermark was still there. As if to help settle everyone, Richard Nelson, who shot the original image, said he was fine with Gaga using the picture for a tweet.