Does Adobe own your Photoshop content?

When a tech controversy reaches the mainstream media, then you know that something big is going on.

Not to be content with angering their long term creative customers, Adobe has managed to anger lawyers, who rely on Adobe Acrobat and PDF related solutions to run their practices more efficiently.

And, after spending the last 15 months or so in the company of lawyers to adopt the little guy, I have at least two take aways. One, they read the terms of service thoroughly. Two, they know their rights under the law and have no bones about defending themselves.

Adobe’s new terms of service has caused an uproar online. Users have objected to Adobe’s claims that it “may access, view, or listen to your Content through both automated and manual methods…using techniques such as machine learning in order to improve our Services and Software and the user experience,” which many took to be a tacit admission both of surveilling them and of training AI on their content, even confidential content for clients protected under non-disclosure agreements or confidentiality clauses/contracts between said Adobe users and clients.


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