Hello, I’ve been a long term Vectornator user before it changed to Curves. 2 Weeks ago, Curves added Linearity Cloud, which has required us to create an account and agree to the Terms of Service (TOS). It also forced us sync our work to their servers, something which we cannot opt out of.
Part of the new TOS states that the content you upload will be used to train machine learning models. From the TOS itself, bold text added for clarity:
Linearity aims to provide the best user experience and uses use-tracking and machine learning to improve its Products. One of the main benefits of machine learning models is that they can be improved over time. To help Linearity provide and maintain the services, Customer agree and instruct that we may use Data (especially content uploaded to us) and technical information gathered as part of the Software to develop and improve our products and services.
Data captured in this form will only be used for Volume Checking, Time Clocks, and to improve Linearity Products and/or provide customized services to the Customer and/or User and will not be disclosed or disseminated to third parties except in an anonymized form.
Reading a TOS is difficult, so allow me to interpret: Any content you upload can be used to improve products. Machine Learning, also known as Artificial Intelligence or AI, uses large sets of Data to generate results.
In Linearity’s case, it intends to use Machine Learning AI to generate images, in a similar manner to DALL-E or Midjourney. This is clearly stated on the Pricing Page: Link. In other words, Linearity intends to use your (and my) art content to generate images for users on its upcoming premium plan.
As it stands, there is currently no means to opt out of this. If you’ve used Linearity Cloud, your work has already been uploaded, and will be used for this new Generative AI feature. Soon, people will be able to pay a monthly fee to be able to create work in your style, and you or I don’t get a say.
Whatever you think about AI Art, we can at least agree that there should be a system in place to not allow original or copyrighted work to be used in training these systems.
I have seen very few people, even in this forum, discussing this. As someone who takes pride in their own work and doesn’t want it to be used by other people for free, I am deeply concerned. This new policy is unacceptable.
I would like to see Linearity add a method to opt out of Linearity Cloud, allow us to have our data removed from any AI training sets, and provide a method for those outside of the EU to request our data be deleted entirely.
For those in the EU or Germany, you may be able to request your data be erased. See this page for more details. I request anyone affected by this to do so.