Companies take pirated software use very seriously. For individual users, paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a single piece of software does hurt, but for companies to use pirated software? They also should know better. When they get caught, the consequences can be pretty severe.
This is the case with clothing store Forever 21, who has recently been hit with a lawsuit by Adobe, who alleges that the company has been using pirated copies of their software. This lawsuit claims that Forever 21 installed pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator, but those aren’t the only ones.
Autodesk and Corel are also involved in the lawsuit, alleging that the company had installed pirated copies of Autodesk, WinZip, and PaintShopPro, and “continued their infringing activities even after being contacted by Adobe regarding the infringement.” We don’t know how Adobe and the other companies learned about this infringement, but it was probably an employee.
We also don’t know how much Adobe, Corel, and Autodesk are asking for in damages, but according to the lawsuit, “It would be difficult to ascertain the amount of money damages that would afford Plaintiffs adequate relief at law for Defendants’ continuing acts and omissions complained of herein, and a multiplicity of judicial proceedings would be required.”
It’s not goof for Forever 21 at any rate.
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