Adobe Addresses AI Digital Art Controversy, Denies Feeding User Data to Generators

As artificial intelligence grows louder in the tech conversation, digital art has become a focal point with the popularity of art generators such as Lensa, Stable Diffusion, and more. This has proven to be a hot-button issue for creators who have found AI art generators mimicking their styles and making money at their expense.

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Many online have scrutinized Adobe to find out if the maker of Photoshop and Premiere is using user data to feed AI-generator algorithms, an accusation firmly denied by Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky.

The controversy was sparked by the discovery of a line from Adobe’s terms of service, stating the company could “analyze (users’) content using techniques such as machine learning” for development and improvement. In an interview with Bloomberg, Belsky denied the company has ever fed its user data to any AI generators. Rather, the company analyzes user data and content for opportunities to improve features.

However, if it were to ever consider using content for AI image generation, it would be a strictly opt-in situation for users, the executive asserted. He also assured that the company is rolling out a newly updated policy regarding this issue soon, but with no guaranteed date offered.