Adobe demonstrates why people think companies are evil

It is not a conspiracy: there is stupidity, ignorance and sometimes conscious evil in the corporate world (sometimes everything at once). Unfortunately, following examples like Unity and Microsoft, Adobe made a “clarification” on what their new EULA policy meant and it basically left more questions and concerns than clear information.

Summary: basically they can view, review, listen and interpret whatever you create without a warning or request for access, based on one of their latest updates to the EULA (End User License Agreement).

I’m not a US citizen but I do understand some common law norms and when companies are getting too far. I’m not sure if there is something rotten under the carpet of the the economy or if the corporate stupidity that long trajectory businesses like Adobe should avoid. It seems that there is a detachment from reality in many aspects since they don’t learn that in this year and age excessive secrecy, lack of transparency and deceit were proven to be fatal for short term relationships of any kind. Second thought, maybe that is the issue, short term thinking. Too bad.

So, maybe it is time to go back to the Open Source world or at least spend some time learning about alternatives.

Talking about alternatives

These are things that I recommend, used or plan to use for each part of what I use. Please share yours!

For photo editing

I’m checking Affinity Photo 2. Paid software, but I use Photoshop for more than this hobby / side hustle that is EnticingAI so I don’t mind paying if the software is good.

I’ve used Gimp in the past and found it too difficult to use (high learning curve). But won’t hurt to give it another try (plus, with Microsoft going full evil on privacy, returning to Linux – something that I did in the past – may be a good combo).

For Video Editing

I use Wondershare Filmora… for basic editing and nothing too fancy is more than enough… and if that is not enough, Davinci Resolve is great, and although it has a bigger learning curve I’ve found it not that big and there are tons of videos to learn from.

Why Should I care

  1. Companies should not act as the judicial system and access any content just for the suspicion or just in case. Companies don’t have time to do this properly and while doing it in bulk, in semi-automatic and poorly supervised ways there may be a lot of misjudgement and false flags (YouTube has a record of banning and punishing without objectivity and without giving good channels to defend their judgement). So basically you are paying for a product that can ban you because of a mistake… and I’m not talking about erotic / sexual content, this can happen with anything (BTW DeviantArt recently updated some “definitions” about underage content which is kind of odd too).
  2. It drains resources, spying (yes, that is closer to the reality, no matter how good they write the PR) takes resources: CPU, traffic. And companies are getting more used on doing this and then increase minimum requirements for fast / untested new features in the race for quick turnarounds forgetting that a good product also means transparency and … a good product.
  3. The real reason (my opinion) is that they want full access to train models. There are other reason too but they don’t want to be left behind. And they already did. With Adobe Stock they provided a compensation (very small) for Stock content producers when they use their creations without explicit permissions… it was like “yeah, haha, we used your photos to train our next big flagship AI product but don’t worry, we will share something nice with you.”. Like getting a slice of pizza for a 48 hours non stop emergency crisis work weekend for a problem that the company created by itself.

Well, sorry to make a post not so funny or sensual as my previous ones but this is a blog about creating and Photoshop is my main tool for the job, so it would be sad to let it go. BTW, I don’t thing they will back down and I do think more companies will go the stupid way.

Let me know what you think.

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