Saturday, April 5, 2008

Adobe Express and terms of service

Adobe has changed its Adobe Express terms of service after taking a public beating-- Complaints trigger rewrite of Photoshop Express terms:

The earlier Photoshop Express terms of service had raised hackles among those concerned about a clause that gave Adobe sweeping rights to photos stored at the site. Those terms granted 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 and to incorporate such content into other materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed."

The new terms: Adobe Photoshop Express Additional Terms of Use: .

Your digital images and any other content that you upload to the Service, along with any materials that you create by using the Service, shall be hereinafter referred to as "Your Content". Any portions of Your Content that you chose to share with family and friends and/or with other users of the Service (collectively "Other Users") shall be hereinafter referred to as "Your Shared Content". Content that Other Users share with you shall be hereinafter referred to as "Shared Content".

Now that is progressive! Kudos to Adobe for listening to the people's complaints, and taking speedy action to get this right: Adobe drops unpopular online Photoshop terms.

It's so nice to see that people are paying attention to things like the terms of service, and that they are speaking out. Companies and organizations on the wrong side of this issue are going to continue to take a beating. We can only hope that incidents like the Adobe debacle continue to get coverage, and that more corporations/organizations will be on the right side of this issue from the get-go.

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