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Adobe warns users to stop using old versions of Photoshop–otherwise, they can get sued

May 15th, 2019
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When you spend your hard-earned money on something, it’s automatically yours—however, it doesn’t always work that way, especially in Adobe’s “little universe.” Over the years, many people have been using old versions (or even pirated versions) of the software company’s applications due to how expensive the latest programs can get.

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But last week, Adobe made an odd move by discontinuing the past versions of its Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere, Animate, and Media Director. They even started sending out letters to their subscribers via email, reminding them that they are no longer licensed to use the above-mentioned applications.

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A few days ago, a Twitter user named Matt Roszak shared a copy of the letter that he had received from the company. As mentioned in the email, the company warns its customers of potential legal action and suggests to upgrade to the latest versions instead.

“We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and a result, under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them. 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.”

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.

Share plz. pic.twitter.com/ZIIdqK5AkM

— Matt Roszak 🍞 (@KupoGames) May 10, 2019

While the company didn’t want to go to the nitty-gritty of the issue, AppleInsider reported that the company’s official Twitter account mentioned that the abrupt announcement is caused by “ongoing litigation.”

“We cannot comment on claims of third-party infringement as it concerns ongoing litigation. Third parties include any person or company who may have a claim of copyright or other IP infringement by virtue of your continued use of the unauthorized products,” explained Adobe Customer Care in a series of tweets.

Although Adobe has never mentioned any other companies, AppleInsider cited that last year American corporation Dolby Labs filed a copyright lawsuit against Adobe.

Apparently, graphic artists, designers, and illustrators alike are the most affected by the sudden decision. And in light of the recent news, it seems like Adobe subscribers are not taking the issue lightly.

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