Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe has released a new service which is currently in beta called Photoshop Express. Some interesting controversy emerged when savvy computer folks reviewed the Terms of Service (ToS). (The ToS are basically the rules that you agree to abide by when using the service.) Interestingly, one of the items in the ToS indicates Adobe will take full ownership of any pictures that are uploaded and edited. The implication is that if you have some beautiful photo that could be valuable as a print that Adobe has the right to publish this and recognize revenue from this without any approval or compensation for you! That is nuts. It is their service and so they can do what they want, but it is troubling nonetheless. This article has actual snippets from the ToS.

Fortunately, when people brought this to Adobe’s attention, they indicated that it was the case of the lawyers getting too aggressive and they would re-write the ToS. It just goes to show that you have to be careful about those ToS boxes that you see. Most people blindly click agree, but you should read it and think about what you are agreeing to.

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