surely this practice is bordering illegal. I signed up for adobe stock images for a single project and forgot to cancel after the first month of use, and recently realized I was being charged monthly. Now I'm being asked for $64 to stop using a service? This is a dark pattern prenup/terms of service arrangement for any industry, but it's especially surprising and frustrating coming from a company whose customers work in the gig economy.
A one year commitment is standard in the industry. There's nothing illegal or unusual about it. You get X number of images per month for a flat monthly rate that's guaranteed not to increase for 12 months. To avoid early cancellation fees, wait until your 12th month of service to cancel. Easy peasy.
In case there's any doubt, these are the terms you agreed to when you joined.