Adobe today started sending warning emails to customers using older versions of Creative Cloud apps, telling them that these older versions are no longer licensed.
"Please note that further use of the discontinued version (s) may increase the risk that third parties may be infringing," warns the e-mail.
Adobe also suggests that customers use the Creative Cloud Desktop application to upgrade to the latest versions of Creative Cloud apps.
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Adobe announced that Creative Cloud members will only have direct download access to it in the future Two newer major versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications will replace several previous versions.
Focusing on the two latest major versions of Creative Cloud applications that the vast majority of Adobe customers are already using enables us to further develop the features and features most desired by our customers while ensuring excellence and benefits at all times Windows and Mac operating systems. Business customers who need an older version of a Creative Cloud application should contact their IT administrator to see if one is available.
In a statement to AppleInsider Adobe stated that it could not comment on the third version of the party-infringement issue because it is "ongoing litigation".
Adobe has recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications. Customers using these versions have been informed that they are no longer licensed and have been given instructions to upgrade to the latest authorized versions.
Unfortunately, customers who continue to use or deploy older, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud may be exposed to potential claims for infringement by third parties. We can not comment on claims for breach by third parties, as these are ongoing litigation.
Adobe is in litigation with Dolby and has accused Adobe of copyright infringement and breach of contract, which could be the reason for previous versions of Creative Cloud apps are now limited.
Any e-mail sent to customers will be adjusted to list the older versions of the apps still in use. Most users are probably not affected by the change, but some who prefer older versions are likely to need to be updated.