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Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe has announced PhotoShop Express, a “free” online image finishing system that YOU can use to cleanup, sharpen, filter, remove red-eye, and do a host of other things to your photos, which you can also publish online, share, and embed. It’s all “free” as old-school Adobe defines “free” : no charge, free, gratis, wonderfully replete of expense…. as long as you hand over ALL of your equity in your intellectual property.

That’s right. All of your rights to your own images, as per this part of the terms:

Adobe does not claim ownership of Your Content. However, with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, 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.

Now if it isn’t bad enough, take a look at how they deliver that small print information. It’s not part of the Terms you see when you bother to click the (tiny) “terms” hyperlink on the sign up page. It’s actually in a separate “additional terms” document that is “incorporated by reference” in the original (lengthy) terms document. And this “additional terms” document is far more lengthy than the initial one… about 8 screens worth of scrolling legalise on my 1600×1200 display. Oh and there is yet another lengthy document “incorporated by reference” in this document, which I didn’t have the patience to read.

As Adobe seems to be saying via this release: “Adope. It’s all about US. Screw you.”


  1. john andrews wrote:

    There are some reports that Adobe is backtracking, and saying that the legal department is looking into making it better. Yawn.

    Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
  2. When this popped into my reader this morning I thought it was great news! On further reading it seems that there is a hidden agenda here… I’m wondering what sort of income Adobe are looking to derive from such a service? How on earth will they sort through all of the pictures that they are not claiming ownership of (honest!) to determine which ones they can use as promotion or sell?? Or maybe they expect us to sift through them all and decide which ones we’d like to buy?

    Maybe this will lead to other companies with a more transparent agenda to follow suit…

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 12:55 am | Permalink
  3. joe wrote:

    I think I’d rather live with a little red-eye in my photos..

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 8:21 am | Permalink
  4. joe wrote:

    Looks like you are getting scraped :)

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Permalink