Adobe Photoshop Express says “All your base are belong to us”

30Mar08

Well, I’m not a regular reader of End User License Agreements (EULAs) but maybe I should be. Apparently the Adobe Photoshop Express site has an EULA that indicates that any photo you upload to the site can be used by Adobe in pretty much whatever way the company chooses to without crediting you or paying you a dime.

Hmm… that doesn’t seem right.

Until they change the EULA, which they’ve indicated they plan to, maybe you should hold off uploading anything for now.

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2 Responses to “Adobe Photoshop Express says “All your base are belong to us””

  1. 1 Kendric

    This is already true for Flickr and Picasaweb as well. Their TOS says pretty much the same stuff.

  2. 2 TopL

    Hi Kendric,

    Yes, to some degree. Here is the pertinent section from the TOS of Flickr:

    “With respect to photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service other than Yahoo! Groups, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and will terminate at the time you remove or Yahoo! removes such Content from the Service.”

    One key point from the section above is that your pictures can be displayed in any modified form “on the Service”, meaning on Flickr itself. Also when you remove the images from their site, they can no longer use them. At least that’s how I read it.

    Adobe Photoshop Express’ TOS is a little more insidious because Adobe can use your pictures to advertise anything of theirs and on any media. This means that you can see your images on their next product on the shelves of Best Buy and you don’t get any credit for it. There is also no timeframe for how long they can use the images.

    So in a sense, they’re similar, but the devil’s in the details.

    -Top



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