Monday, June 24, 2024

Adobe updates License terms to be less douchy

The key word here is "less":

Adobe has promised to update its terms of service to make it "abundantly clear" that the company will "never" train generative AI on creators' content after days of customer backlash, with some saying they would cancel Adobe subscriptions over its vague terms.

Users got upset last week when an Adobe pop-up informed them of updates to terms of use that seemed to give Adobe broad permissions to access user content, take ownership of that content, or train AI on that content. The pop-up forced users to agree to these terms to access Adobe apps, disrupting access to creatives' projects unless they immediately accepted them.


On X (formerly Twitter), YouTuber Sasha Yanshin wrote that he canceled his Adobe license "after many years as a customer," arguing that "no creator in their right mind can accept" Adobe's terms that seemed to seize a "worldwide royalty-free license to reproduce, display, distribute" or "do whatever they want with any content" produced using their software.


Adobe's design leader Scott Belsky replied, telling Yanshin that Adobe had clarified the update in a blog post and noting that Adobe's terms for licensing content are typical for every cloud content company. But he acknowledged that those terms were written about 11 years ago and that the language could be plainer, writing that "modern terms of service in the current climate of customer concerns should evolve to address modern day concerns directly."


"You forced people to sign new Terms," Yanshin told Belsky on X. "Legally, they are the only thing that matters."

The original story is here.

I'm not sure this brouhaha is over.


Steve Sky said...

So some time in the future, they say they are not going to train their AI on your data, but they still retain the rights to your data.
They still haven't renounced taking your data, however.

The new terms give Adobe "worldwide royalty-free licence to reproduce, display, distribute" or do whatever they want with any content I produce using their software.

This goes to the problem of "cloud". If your data isn't on your computer, it can be held hostage by the cloud provider, until you agree to the changed terms. (Darth Vader) "I altered the terms of the agreement. Pray I don't alter them further..."

Borepatch said...

Steve, yeah. That's why I said I don't think this saga is over yet.