Adobe Closes Photoshop in Venezuela

Access to Photoshop and other Adobe programs has been cut in Venezuela as the company seeks to comply with US sanctions.

President Donald Trump banned all trade with the country in August, a move aimed at increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Adobe said that users have until October 28 to download the content, after which the accounts will be deactivated.

It is not clear whether other technology companies will follow suit.

On the help page, the company explained: “The US government has issued Executive Order 13884, which has the practical effect of blocking almost all transactions and services between US companies, entities and individuals to Venezuela.

He said he had no idea how long the sanctions would be in effect, but added: “We will continue to monitor developments closely and will make every effort to restore services to Venezuela as soon as legally permitted.”

He said he was “unable to issue refunds” because the sanctions included “sales, service, subsidies, refunds, credits, etc.”.

Adobe switched to a subscription form only to get the latest versions of its products, which means users won’t be able to purchase standalone versions.

A human rights defender in the region, Jeff Ramsay, tweets: “It will be incredibly counterproductive. Any civil society NGO [or NGO] or independent media outlet based on recorded copies of Photoshop, InDesign or Acrobat will be affected. . “

The sanctions announced by President Trump freeze all assets of the Venezuelan government in the United States and prevent transactions with them. They resemble sanctions against North Korea, Iran and Cuba.

The United States is one of more than 50 countries that do not recognize Mr Maduro as Venezuela’s legitimate president.

But there has been criticism of US sanctions.

Michelle Bachelet, a UN human rights official and president (former) of Chile, said the sanctions were too broad and would hit the most vulnerable segments of society.