Persecuting your fans the Royal Opera House way

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

From the “batshit insane” file: the Royal Opera House is busy sending appallingly typo-ridden legal threats to an opera blogger.

I have made not a penny from “images referenced to performances at the Royal Opera House”. The ROH have not, I suspect, incurred any losses as a result of my use. In fact, I believe that this blog has actually enhanced ROH finances by encouraging people to buy tickets, and particularly by familiarising new visitors with what goes on there and what performances are really like. On a day when the ROH’s Chief Executive Tony Hall is boasting of bringing “new audiences into the opera house”, it is sad that they will have one less resource to help them.

I have no idea what perceived harm the organisation is trying to correct here, but this will do their reputation way more damage than any less-than-positive reviews ever would. Madness.

[Raised glass of red wine to the West End Whingers for the tip]


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.