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Adobe set to sue Apple?

Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols:

“Apples iron-bound determination to keep Adobe Flash out of any iWhatever device is about to blow up in Apples face. Sources close to Adobe tell me that Adobe will be suing Apple within a few weeks.”

If Steven is correct – and he’s not the kind of guy to write this without some good sources – then things are about to get very interesting indeed.

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  • RattyUK

    “If Steven is correct then things are about to get very interesting indeed.”
    Save a complete lack of actual information of what they will sue Apple for.

  • RattyUK

    Can I sue Adobe for not producing a 64-bit version of Photoshop?

  • Ian Betteridge

    I must admit I’m scratching my head. But I know Steven well enough to know that if he’s reporting it, someone close to Adobe (very close) is telling him it’s going to happen.

  • Ian Betteridge

    “Can I sue Adobe for not producing a 64-bit version of Photoshop?”


    The only place I use Adobe products these days is at work, where we have a site license. Other than that, it’s either Aperture or Acorn.

  • http://reverttosaved.com Craig Grannell

    As I said on Twitter, this just strikes me as batshit crazy. Adobe clearly fired a shot at Apple, and has been yelling that the future was its locked-in, proprietary (and lowest common denominator) platform. Apple went “fuck that” and responded in a similarly aggressive manner. And now Adobe’s like the kid who thumped someone he used to be ‘friends’ with but also bullied now and again, got smacked really hard in the face, and then ran home going “Muuuuum! He HIT me! Waaaaaaaah!”

  • Eric in London

    I have serious doubts that Adobe could know at this point whether it even makes sense to sue Apple. As you established above, there are no glaringly obvious legal issues involved. If Adobe was considering suing Apple they would first go to a law firm with enough specialisation in the field of law involved, gravitas and resources to handle such a case (think expensive). Then the firm itself would need to interview Adobe to get some background and then they’d want to do some research to see if they could come up with a winnable strategy before they even decided if they would take the case. Then they’d have to have a heart to heart with Adobe before signing any contracts because even glaringly obvious cases get lost for various reasons. Adobe’s prospective lawyers would have to explain the complexities of the case and potential costs and resources needed. They would then want Adobe to consider these points soberly. Then contracts would have to be exchanged.

    All that in this short time doesn’t seem likely to me. Maybe Adobe are considering whether they should begin such a process but I find it hard to believe that they’d be ready to hop into something as costly and uncertain as a suit in such a short period of time.

  • http://www.rapidfyre.net Charles Coleman

    Apple has officially made a bad name for itself! I thought they had reason for not supporting Flash but it is now OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE that they are just doing this for their own pocketbook despite the request of more then 80% of iWhatever users to get Flash. Thanks Apple for (not) listening to those who pay your bills.

  • SEngineer

    Regardless of what anyone says, the only people really being screwed by Apple’s latest slap in the face are us developers. Apple is run by a nazi dictatorship that makes it increasingly difficult for developers that end up having to work with them. I can only hope that if this latest change to their TOS goes thru it only serves to stagnate there app store and bring their smart phone market share to the ground as open source smart phones start passing them up.