Adobe is telling its subscribers to stop using older versions of its Creative Cloud apps, saying they might be "at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties," as they are no longer licensed to use them any further.
It seems that Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, Animate, and Media Director are among the affected apps.
Creative Cloud Users Warned
As reported earlier by AppleInsider, Adobe has begun warning users of older versions of the Creative Cloud apps may face legal action from other companies, which haven't been identified, if they continue using them.
"Unfortunately, customers who continue to use or deploy older, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud may face potential claims of infringement by third parties," the company told the news outlet.
Adobe didn't provide any other explanation for the sudden announcement, only saying that it "concerns ongoing litigation."
Meanwhile, users are receiving emails telling them that they aren't licensed to keep on using the older app versions anymore. To rectify the issue, they have also been urged to update using the Creative Cloud desktop app.
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
In a previous blog post, Adobe announced that Creative Cloud subscribers will have access only to the two most recent versions of the Creative Cloud desktop apps moving forward. It encouraged users to use only the latest release for "optimal performance and benefits."
Is Dolby The Unnamed Third Party?
Even though Adobe didn't say who the "third party" it's referring to here, the consensus is it's Dolby, who's suing the company for copyright infringement and breach of contract. This is believed to be the reason why users are being told to stop using older versions of the Creative Cloud apps.
This situation comes hot on the heels of Adobe doubling the price of its Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop, as part of a test. It led to some users ditching the apps and turning to alternatives, such as IrfanView and Luminar.
At the time of this writing, the price has gone back down to $9.99 a month, instead of $19.99 a month.