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Go Hard After This: Adobe Cutting Off All Venezuelan Subscribers

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I don't think Serif is that dumb. Adobe is doing what they are forced to do due to US sanctions. EU imposed new sanctions on Venezuela in late September. It is about international politics, democracy and human rights - not designers - and the situation is escalating. It would be unethical, unwise and unsportsmanlike to take advantage of the situation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_sanctions_during_the_Venezuelan_crisis

Of course the little man always suffer in a situation like this - I hope for the best for the people of Venezuela.


"Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one."

"Experienced vector artists and infographic designers will find a noticeable lack of the more advanced tools found in Illustrator CC." (source)

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@Jowday

What's significant here is the difference in business models:

Adobe forces one to rent tools, which is problematic for a number of reasons, arbitrary political developments being just one glaring example of how artists can be cut off from their work product and tools.

Serif offers a perpetual license to a toolset.

This is the point that needs to be hammered home in marketing material.

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21 minutes ago, Mark Oehlschlager said:

@Jowday

What's significant here is the difference in business models:

Adobe forces one to rent tools, which is problematic for a number of reasons, arbitrary political developments being just one glaring example of how artists can be cut off from their work product and tools.

Serif offers a perpetual license to a toolset.

This is the point that needs to be hammered home in marketing material.

It has no significance in this situation. You are dealing with a dispute regarding

  • Democracy
  • Human rights

It is not time to market anything commercial. The fact that you are focused on software instead of the above is disturbing.


"Men are like sheep, of which a flock is more easily driven than a single one."

"Experienced vector artists and infographic designers will find a noticeable lack of the more advanced tools found in Illustrator CC." (source)

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I don't know. Maybe it is insensitive to market tools to Venezuelan designers who've been cut off from their tools and their means of expression while the U.S. Government is actively working to foment a regime change in that county. Maybe it is "unsportsmanlike" or "impolite" to draw a contrast with Adobe here.  Nevertheless, I'll bet Venezuelan designers who are suddenly without tools and without access to their work would be pleased to know there's a solution. 

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