Adobe Audit Demands Can Be Burdensome

Businesses contacted by Adobe for software audits can be lulled into thinking that those investigations entail less exposure risk than audits by other publishers, like Microsoft or IBM. Adobe audits typically are conducted directly by Adobe representatives, rather than by a third-party auditor like Deloitte or KPMG, and the inventory data usually is provided by…


Adobe Creative Suite Abandons Your Desktop for The Cloud

On May 6, 2013, Adobe announced that Creative Suite 6 and the component products included in that product line (e.g., Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, etc.) would be the last Creative Suite products to be released under stand-alone, end-user licenses. Citing strong user enthusiasm for its new Creative Cloud hosted offering, Adobe stated: …that the company…


Proving Ownership of Underlying Licenses for Adobe Upgrades in Software Audits

Software publisher Adobe Systems Inc. actively investigates its existing customers to determine whether each customer has properly licensed Adobe software, or is committing copyright infringement. Adobe often pursues its customers directly, but sometimes grants a power of attorney for BSA| The Software Alliance to pursue copyright infringement claims on its behalf. In each instance, Adobe…


Your Adobe Software May Be Phoning Home Without Your Knowledge

Increasingly, software publishers are looking for new tools and processes to assist them in their license-enforcement programs. While such efforts are understandable to a degree, they sometimes can include methods that are somewhat dubious at least from a customer-relations perspective, if not from a legal perspective. One provision from Adobe’s most recent end-user license terms…