Adobe cancels subscriptions to users from Venezuela
Adobe will prevent users in Venezuela from accessing its programs as part of the service Adobe CC except Behance – an internet platform on which ready works are presented. Users have until October 28 to download the data.
Adobe has already given up selling box versions a while ago, switching to a subscription system. What we see means that it can stop providing a paid service at any time. In this case, it is the result of the August regulation issued by Donald Trump, which practically prohibits all trade with Venezuela. Sanctions are intended to help Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro decide to step down.
According to an Adobe statement, users have until October 28 to download the content, after which the accounts will be deactivated.
On the help page the company explained: "The US government has issued Regulation No 13 884, which has the practical effect of prohibiting almost all transactions and services between US companies, entities and individuals in Venezuela. Adobe is forced to deactivate all accounts in Venezuela to comply with this order. "
On the same page there is also information about the refund: "In the case of purchase directly from Adobe, we'll refund money for any paid but unused services by the end of the month. We are working on the same with our partners. ”So the question is how will intermediaries look at the fact of return.
Because the regulation is indefinite, it is not known how long Adobe's absence in the Venezuelan market will last – "We will continue to closely monitor the development of the situation and we will do our best to restore services to Venezuela as soon as it is legally allowed" – reads the statement.
One of the human rights defenders in the region, Geoff Ramsey, wrote on Twitter: "Extremely unproductive. (…) Sanctions will be felt by every civil society NGO or an independent media representative who uses registered copies of Photoshop, InDesign or Acrobat. "
Incredibly counterproductive. Citing US sanctions, @Adobe says it is "deactivating all accounts in #Venezuela. "Any civil society NGO or independent media outlet that relies on registered copies of Photoshop, InDesign or Acrobat will be impacted. https://t.co/WqRRQ2yVKP pic.twitter.com/58XDNJIKdz
– Geoff Ramsey (@GRamsey_LatAm) October 7, 2019
Sanctions imposed by President Trump freeze all assets of the Venezuelan government in the US and prohibit transactions with them. They are similar to the sanctions imposed on North Korea, Iran and Cuba. The United States is one of over 50 nations that do not recognize Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela.