Adobe Firefly AI art generator training

Released: June 2023

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Adobe has come under fire from contributors to Adobe Stock for not having been informed about or asked to agree to letting the software company train its generative AI platform Firefly on their stock images.

Adobe has billed Firefly as 'safe for commercial use' as the model was trained on stock or appropriate public domain images, and has been offering financial indemnity from copyright claims.

But Adobe users and contributors say they did not receive any communication from Adobe informing them that their images were being used to train its model, and that the company's actions were unethical. Some also complained that Adobe's use of their IP may put them out of jobs.

In September 2023, Adobe announced that it would start paying an annual bonus to eligible Adobe Stock contributors, with the first bonus covering the time the company trained Firefly.

Other text-to-image generative tools, including DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, have also been accused of abusing the IP of image owners.

Operator: Adobe
Developer: Adobe
Country: USA; Global
Sector: Business/professional services
Purpose: Generate video, images
Technology: Machine learning; Pattern recognition; Object recognition
Issue: Copyright; Employment; Ethics
Transparency: Governance; Marketing

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Type: Issue
Published: June 2023