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Adobe Warns That Using Older Creative Cloud Software Could Lead To Legal Trouble
By Mikelle Leow, 14 May 2019
Screenshot via Adobe Creative Cloud
While Adobe has reverted its price hikes for its photography plan, there’s no turning back when it comes to using its Creative Cloud software.
The company recently announced that it was discontinuing older versions of the apps, which were readily available in the past. Moving forward, users can only download two major versions of desktop programs.
If the notice hasn’t fazed you yet, you’ll want to pay attention now. The tech giant has warned users via email that older versions of Creative Cloud are no longer licensed, and using them could result in legal trouble with third parties.
The emails are customized according to the outdated apps each user is currently holding on to, and read, “Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of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.”
However, Adobe has not elaborated on the kinds of legal action that could ensue, and it tells AppleInsider that it cannot comment further due to “ongoing litigation.”
“[C]ustomers who continue to use or deploy older, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud may face potential claims of infringement by third parties,” Adobe reiterates. “We cannot comment on claims of third-party infringement, as it concerns ongoing litigation.”
It is possible that Adobe is referring to a lawsuit it is embroiled in with Dolby, which has sued the tech company for infringement of copyright and attempting to evade licensing fees. This is likely why older versions of Creative Cloud are no longer accessible.
Adobe has also advised users to update their programs via the Creative Cloud desktop application.
In light of Adobe’s recent actions, users have scoured the internet for free and cheaper alternatives to the Creative Cloud suite as contingency options.
[via MacRumors, cover image via Adobe Creative Cloud]
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