Photoshop Express terms to be fixed

Jim Dalrymple
1 April, 2008
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Adobe launched a new online photography service last week, but after complaints from users over ownership of uploaded images, Adobe will change the terms of use for Photoshop Express.

At the centre of the controversy is, according to the terms of use, by uploading images to publicly accessible areas of the service, you “grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed.”

The terms of use clearly stated that Adobe didn’t make a claim on ownership of the images, but the wording was sufficient to cause Adobe to take a look at the wording and promise changes.

John Nack, senior product manager, Adobe Photoshop, posted a note on his blog that he received from the Photoshop Express team noting that a change is forthcoming.

“We’ve heard your concerns about the terms of service for Photoshop Express beta. We reviewed the terms in context of your comments — and we agree that it currently implies things we would never do with the content. Therefore, our legal team is making it a priority to post revised terms that are more appropriate for Photoshop Express users. We will alert you once we have posted new terms. Thank you for your feedback on Photoshop Express beta and we appreciate your input.

A date for the revised terms of use to be posted was not provided.

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