You Might Want To Update Your Adobe Creative Cloud Or Risk Being SUED

All you creative cloud users with older apps, you might want to check your email inbox.

Think you own the Adobe software that you’ve bought? Think again. The software company has sent out a warning to some owners of its Creative Cloud applications that they are “at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties” should they continue to opt out of updating their version of Adobe apps, including Photoshop and Lightroom.

How crazy is that? People spent hard their hard earned money on these apps. You don’t go to a store, buy a bunch of clothes expecting to return them at some point in the future. Those clothes are yours to keep, you bought them.

In a statement sent to AppleInsider, who first broke the story, a spokesperson for the company said

“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.”

Apparently the third-party infringement has to do with ongoing litigation that Adobe can’t comment on. AppleInsider however, pointed to a copyright lawsuit filed last year by Dolby Labs. Apparently, Adobe hasn’t been complying to a licensing deal the company made with Dolby where Adobe is contractually obligated to report, and pay an agreed upon royalty fee for any sales of products that use Dolby technologies.

If you’re thinking this has got to be some sort of joke, I wish I could tell you it was.

According to copyright expert Dylan Gilbert, we now live in a world where, when it comes to software, we don’t really ever own anything. We’re always subject to “Take it or leave it” end user license agreements (EULAs), which allow companies like Adobe to suddenly change its terms of service without prior notice.

Moving forward, maybe it’s best not to purchase anything from companies with a history of pulling a fast one like this. Unfortunately, there’s not much else we can do.


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