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Adobe scolded for selling ‘Ansel Adams-style’ images generated by AI

American photographer Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984), California, 25th March 1983
World-famous photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams (pictured, 1983) is best known for his black-and-white landscape photographs. | Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images

Adobe found itself in hot water this weekend after the Ansel Adams estate publicly scolded the company for selling generative AI imitations of the late photographer’s work. On Friday, Adams’ estate posted a screenshot to Threads showing AI-generated images available on Adobe Stock that were labeled as “Ansel Adams-style,” telling Adobe it was “officially on our last nerve with this behavior.”

While Adobe permits AI-generated images to be hosted and sold on its stock image platform, users are required to hold the appropriate rights or ownership over the content they upload. Adobe Stock’s Contributor Terms specifically prohibits content “created using prompts containing other artist names, or created using prompts otherwise intended to…

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