So Adobe Firefly AI isn't as squeaky clean as it seemed

Adobe Firefly
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Adobe's Firefly AI has two big selling points over the rest of the best AI art generators. First, it's practical for creative workflows, powering tools integrated in existing software like Photoshop and Illustrator. Second, it's been billed as being commercially safe. But it turns out that it has a few skeletons in its closet... or rather in its training data.

Adobe has made much of the point that Firefly was trained on public domain material and images from Adobe Stock, its own library of licensed assets. In theory, that makes it more ethical than the AI image generators that were trained by scraping the entire web, sucking up artists' and photographers' work without permission. So reports that Firefly was also trained on Midjourney images are a little embarrassing for the software giant.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.