Forever 21 gets caught pirating Photoshop, Adobe suesBy Tim Schiesser 31 comments
Not everyone can get away with pirating Adobe products, especially when it comes to a major clothing retailer like Forever 21. In a lawsuit from Adobe that was recently filed in a California District Court, the company alleges that Forever 21 pirated 63 instances of Adobe software, including popular products like Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.
Autodesk and Corel, two other companies that specialize in design software, have also joined in on the suit. They too allege that their products, which include tools like 3ds Max and Paint Shop Pro, have been unlawfully copied in violation of their copyrights.
Curiously, the lawsuit mentions that Adobe notified Forever 21 about the piracy of their products, but that they "continued their infringing activities even after being contacted". Adobe, Autodesk and Corel claim that the copyright infringement by Forever 21 has caused the companies to "lose profits in amounts not yet ascertained", so naturally they're seeking compensation.
At this stage it's not clear how Adobe and the other companies discovered that Forever 21 was pirating their products, though they have comprehensively documented each violation. The lawsuit states that copyright infringement was "willful, intentional, and malicious".
Forever 21 is a clothing retailer that operates over 470 retail outlets in the United States, as well as numerous other stores worldwide. The company has previously been accused of stealing the work of other clothing designers, and has been sued more than 50 times for doing so.