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Adobe sues Forever 21 for pirating Photoshop

Adobe has filed a lawsuit against clothing retailer Forever 21, alleging that the company has been prolifically pirating software.

According to the suit, filed yesterday at California District Court, Forever 21 acquired Adobe software illicitly on at least 63 counts.

The list of programs included, amongst others, Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator.

Autodesk and Corel also joined Adobe in the suit, over allegations that Forever 21 also pirated Autodesk, WinZip, and PaintShopPro.

But wait, it gets worse – the suit specifically describes how Forever 21 ‘continued their infringing activities even after being contacted by Adobe regarding the infringement’.

There’s currently no telling how Adobe managed to learn of Forever 21’s software indiscretions – that may come to light in court – but an obvious conclusion would be that an insider blew the whistle.

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So detailed is the suit that Adobe has even provided specific registration numbers and download dates for each instance of software piracy.

Adobe described Forever 21’s actions as ‘willful, intentional, and malicious copyright infringement’.

The software company has asked courts to issue an injunction against Forever 21, as well as demanding compensation for any revenue lost, as well as the recoupment of court costs and additional damages.

We’ve reached out to both Forever 21 and Adobe for comment on this matter, and will update this article should they respond.

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