By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:43 BST, 15 May 2019 | Updated: 23:43 BST, 15 May 2019
Customers who have regularly paid to use Adobe's Photoshop software have been politely threatened with litigation for using older versions.
After discontinuing older versions of the popular photo editing software, Adobe emailed customers regarding its policy towards users who don't abide the company's rules.
'We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and and a result, under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them,' Adobe said in the email.
Adobe has come under fire from users after threatening to sue customers who continue to use older versions of its software
Some customers of Adobe's Creative Cloud took to Twitter, criticizing the company for a recent email.
After discontinuing some of its older software, Adobe told its customers that continued to use older versions could face litigation.
The company cited a legal dispute with Dolby Labs who licenses Adobe its software.
In 2013 Adobe switched to a subscription model that forces customers to pay in perpetuity for its software -- the decision has alienated some customers but increased its revenues.
'Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.'
As reported by AppleInsider , some users, many of whom have been paying Adobe to use its software for multiple years weren't happy with the company's approach.
'...[It's] absolutely crazy. I've paid for these products for the last three years and now i suddenly don't have ownership of licensing despite having religiously paid for them every month,' said one Adobe user on Twitter.