Todas, those opportunities to "force" users to use the latest versions of software are good and even more so to prohibit users from continuing to use older versions.
It's like telling users: you bought it with your money, but it's not really yours. And it is that this situation that seems a joke, it is not for Adobe subscribers Creative Cloud who already know what this week is about, at least those who have already checked their emails.
All those who have not updated their applications for some time will be forced to do so now against their will and under threat.
Adobe, the graphics software company, Shipping recently emails to customers warning them that they could be "sued" for using older versions of your software.
The termination and forbearance notice includes older versions of Creative Cloud applications, including Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Lightroom Classic, Animate, and Media Director.
Since the emails sent to users even list the old applications installed on “their systems” and in some cases, mention the latest available versions of these.
Also in the email sent Adobe notify users that they are no longer authorized to use them and thatthat anyone who continues to use these versions may be subject to "lawsuits for copyright infringement »of third parties. And “Third parties include any person or company that may have a claim for non-compliance.
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Adobe's decision was triggered by a lawsuit from Dobly
Users who have received the email and whose applications have been abandoned are obviously complaining about this unexpected decision.
And it was a matter of hours before the complaints began and in response to a complaint on Twitter, the AdobeCare account stated that:
Users can only download the two most recent variants of CC applications in the future, without giving any further reasons why only these versions should be used and that the company's Twitter account indicated that the problem arose from a “pending litigation ».
Adobe has not provided details on the ongoing lawsuit that forced it to send warning emails to users, however the company is currently being sued by Dolby.
Adobe moved from the standard software model to the cloud subscription model in 2013, resulting in a significant increase in revenue. Prior to creating the Creative Cloud Subscription Service, Adobe licensed certain Dolby technologies with an agreement based on the number of discs of certain applications sold.
Now that the software is distributed online, the companies would have renegotiated their agreement based on the number of users using the software. The lawsuit filed by Dolby accused Adobe of infringing on copyrights on how licensing costs paid by Adobe to Dolby would be calculated according to this new model.
En a complaint filed in March 2019 before the U.S. District Court and the Northern District of California, Dolby requests a trial with jury for "copyright infringement and breach of contract" issues against Adobe.
Dolby Legal Deposit explains:
“When Dolby wanted to exercise its right to review Adobe's books and records to ensure that reports and payments were correct, Adobe refused to participate in the practices of auditing and sharing basic information, practices that it had required of its own. own licensees «.
"Apparently, Adobe decided that it was better to spend years hiding this information from Dolby than to allow Dolby to understand the full scope of Adobe's contractual violations," he adds. “However, the limited information that Dolby has reviewed to date shows that Adobe has included Dolby technologies in many Adobe software products and product collections, but has refused to report every sale or pay agreed-upon fees due to Dolby ».