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Adobe has warned subscribers of Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop that they must upgrade to the latest versions of those apps, or face “infringement claims” from third-party companies.
Likewise, users will be only able to download the latest version of the associated programs and apps. As explained in a recent blog post “Please note that going forward, Creative Cloud customers will only have direct download access […] to the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications.”
An Apple spokesperson issued a statement to Apple Insider:
“Adobe recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications. Customers using those versions have been notified that they are no longer licensed to use them and were provided guidance on how to upgrade to the latest authorized versions. Unfortunately, customers who continue to use or deploy older, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud may face potential claims of infringement by third parties. We cannot comment on claims of third-party infringement, as it concerns ongoing litigation.”
Currently Dolby Labs is suing Adobe for Copyright Infringement. While not confirmed, some suspect the recent demand to upgrade due to unspecified “ongoing litigation” may have stemmed from this lawsuit that started in March 2018.
Matt Roszak (creator of Flash animations and Epic Battle Fantasy) posted an alleged copy of an email they received on Twitter, stating they were no longer licenced to use older versions of Flash CC Animate. His frustration was palpable with the comment “I just got an email from @Adobe that I’m no longer allowed to use the software that I’m paying for. Time to cancel my subscription I guess.”
Others have come forward saying they had received similar emails. Adobe Customer Care did respond to one user on Twitter, but continued to state that customers needed to upgrade and that Adobe cannot comment on claims of third party infringement.