Adobe, the software popular company and the developer of the iconic Photoshop app, has placed in a somewhat unpleasant situation. Adobe has been announcing to its users that they might be the risky position of being prosecuted by third-party application developers if they are still utilizing earlier versions of its series of Creative Cloud applications.
Adobe said in the message to the Creative Cloud users to ‘be aware that if you continue to use or deploy the older versions, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud, you will not have the third-party claim coverage pursuant to your contract with Adobe. Should you continue to use or deploy these unauthorized versions, you may be at the risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties’.
The Creative Cloud is a massive subscription platform which comes with both photo and video editing applications, and facilities which include Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, and more others. The Creative Cloud platform is available to use on Android and iOS devices, Windows and macOS.
Just last week, Adobe has announced that it won’t allow subscribers to get older variants of its Creative Cloud apps anymore, excluding the last two most recent versions. The company did not say why the older variants of the Creative Cloud will not be available anymore.
The fact that Adobe announced that by using Adobe software, the users could still face lawsuits from other companies and Adobe can do nothing about it is kind of perplexing. To realize that the Adobe app you’ve been regularly paid for is not actually owned by Adobe is even more shocking.
The Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is not that cheap either: the photography plan for individuals goes up to 10 usd monthly, and the variant with 1TB cloud storage is 20 usd per month. There’s the alternative to subscribe to individual apps also, and that will cost 22 usd monthly, but if you enlist to all the apps, the cost is 50 usd per month. Businesses plan costs 32 usd per license for individual app enlist, or 77 usd per month for all the Creative Cloud app license.
Adobe has released a statement concerning the matter on News18 and it says: “Going forward, Creative Cloud customers can download only the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud applications. This change enables us to develop the features and functionality most requested by customers and ensure peak performance across all Creative Cloud apps and services. We always encourage our customers to use the latest version of Creative Cloud to have access to the latest features, optimal performance, security updates, and other benefits.’
Nicole Hicks a graduate of UFT. She’s based in Toronto but travels much of the year. Nicole has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Nicole is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.