US software giant Adobe has announced plans to terminate subscriptions and deactivate accounts of all Venezuelan users to comply with summer US sanctions against the country.
The company will give Venezuelans until October 28 to download all files stored in their Adobe accounts before they are disabled. Currently, Adobe sends an email to affected users with detailed instructions for the change.
The ban applies to both users of Adobe's free and paid services, including Adobe Creative Cloud. After this period, users will no longer be able to purchase new services and will not be eligible for a refund.
Implementing Regulation 13844
Adobe has decided to stop selling its software and services in Venezuela, as Executive Order 13844 was signed in August by President Trump in response to human rights violations by the country's current president, Nicolas Maduro.
The contract, which was supported by the US Treasury Department, prohibits all US companies from doing business with Venezuelan companies. The US has also issued similar full bans on Iran, North Korea and Syria.
While not all US companies comply with these prohibitions, technology giants usually avoid fines and legal consequences. Google, Apple, Microsoft, PayPal, and many other major US technology companies have blocked users from countries that have been sanctioned by the United States.
For example, Microsoft started enforcing the US Treasury ban on GitHub in July after buying the service last year.
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