Adobe Warns Users of Unsupported Software of Legal Complications

By Bill Toulas / May 14, 2019

Adobe posted an announcement in their blog last week which declared the company’s intention to focus all of their efforts to the latest two major releases of Creative Cloud applications. While most people already use the versions that belong to these two branches, there are several others who have lagged and stayed behind due to a set of potential reasons. However, accepting the fact that security updates will no longer support your obsolete professional tool is one thing, but receiving warning of legal action just for using it is another.

According to multiple user reports, Adobe has initiated the circulation of an email message that warns users of older versions of Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Animate, and other products, that their versions are no longer licensed. This practically means that they are not covered by the “user license agreement”, and Adobe is no longer in a position to “allow them to use the product”. As the messages characteristically point out: “Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.”

So, if the users of antiquated versions are in risk of getting sued, who is going to submit the lawsuit? Adobe says it’s not them or one of their collaborators, but due to the fact that the matter concerns ongoing litigation, they can’t officially reveal who’s behind this troubling development. One major ongoing legal battle for Adobe is a “copyright infringement and breach of contract” case that Dolby initiated back in March 2019. Apparently, the two companies are between a disagreement over the terms of continuing an agreement that they had signed back before the creation of the Creative Cloud service. Dolby accuses Adobe of reporting false numbers of how many people are using their products, in an attempt to pay less licensing royalties to the former.

Could this be related to Adobe’s recent price-doubling “testing” stunt? Possibly, but this can’t be confirmed. What can be said with certainty is that even die-hard fans of Adobe’s products are very angry with how the company is treating them, “testing” the doubling of the prices, forcing subscription models down their throats, not giving specific details on who is about to sue them, not addressing the ongoing stagnation and bloating of their creative platform, and not paying attention to the massive migration to competitor products like Affinity.

Are you still using Adobe’s Creative Cloud for an old product version? Are you forced to take your creative activity elsewhere? Let us know in the comments down below, and also on our socials, on Facebook and Twitter.

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