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  • Adobe has issued a clarification following backlash over recent updates to its terms of use.
  • The company promises to never access user-uploaded content to train generative AI models.
  • An updated terms of use document with simplified language will be published as early as next week.

Adobe, the company behind Photoshop and the Creative Cloud software suite, found itself in hot water last week over a handful of clauses in its terms of use that suggested the company would access user content to train machine learning models. Following widespread backlash and threats of boycott, the company has issued a statement clarifying certain aspects of its legal agreement. Adobe is also publishing a revised version of the document as early as next week, which will no longer give the company a sweeping license to user data and content.

The biggest win comes from Adobe’s direct acknowledgment of the public’s fear that it would use uploaded content to train future AI models. In a new blog post, the company plainly states that user-owned content will “never be used to train any generative AI tool.” Instead, Adobe will only tap into works already in the public domain — such as its own library of licensed stock images — to train its models