What happened just now? Adobe has sent emails warning users of older Adobe products that they may violate copyright if they continue to use the older versions. The warning may be related to a lawsuit filed by Dolby, but it is not known how it affects subscribers. Regardless, this is not a good look for supporters of subscription-based software.
Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers may have legal issues using older versions of CC applications. Adobe sent emails to customers indicating that continued use of the legacy apps "posed the risk of potential third party claims for violations." This development follows the recent cessation of older versions of the popular Adobe content creation suite.
Last week, Adobe posted a message in its blog saying that subscribers only have the two latest versions of all CC applications except Acrobat (which has only the most recent). It is also pointed out in emails sent to customers that customers no longer have a license due to the discontinuation of older versions.
I've just received an email from @Adobe that I'm no longer allowed to use the software I'm paying for. I think it's time to cancel my subscription.
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̵1; Matt Roszak (@KupoGames) May 10, 2019
However, the actual legal implications are unknown. Adobe does not disclose what this means by "breach of third-party". However, according to Apple Insider, Dolby is suing Adobe for violating its license agreement. Adobe is contractually required to provide Dolby sales figures to pay the required royalties for Dolby. According to Dolby, Adobe sells products that use Dolby's technology without paying royalties and refusing to provide audit information.
It appears that Adobe could indirectly warn customers that Dolby may be infringing on subscribers. Discontinuation of prior versions may be a way for Adobe to legally protect itself by claiming that it will not be liable for "unlicensed" software, thereby exempting royalties.
There are many reasons why users can stay with older versions. Maybe your project can break if the underlying program is updated. You may not be financially able to upgrade to hardware that supports the last two versions. There may also be features or changes that disrupt the user's current workflow.
Although it's not known exactly what a copyright infringement has to do with Creative Cloud subscriptions, it does not seem fair for paid customers who only want to use their applications. This also highlights one of the inherent problems with subscription-based services compared to owning a product.