You would think that a company that does $3.85 billion in revenue would at least be able to properly outfit its graphic designers with the tools they need to do their jobs. You would think. But according to a lawsuit brought against Forever 21 by Adobe, Autodesk and Corel, it seems the retailer has been cutting corners on that front.
The suit says that Forever 21 has been infringing on the copyright for programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. The plaintiff’s qualm is that Forever 21 didn’t use the proper licenses for the products, saying that “Defendants have: (a) copied and reproduced certain of the Adobe Products, Autodesk Products, and Corel Products; and (b) circumvented technological measures that effectively control access to the Adobe Products, Autodesk Products, and Corel Products (collectively, the ‘Access Control Technology’).” Adobe says that it has been tracking several instances of this infringement and wishes to be compensated for any revenue it lost because of Forever 21’s actions.
Again, we’re not sure how or why one of America’s largest private companies won’t pay for its employees to have proper work equipment, especially when those things count as a business expense. But you know what they say about common sense…