Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

Software trio pick up sueballs, take aim

A trio of software firms is taking a large US-based fashion retailer to court for allegedly pirating their software.

Adobe, Autodesk and Corel claim that clothes bazaar Forever 21 infringed their copyright by illegally copying a raft of well-known software tools and not paying license fees.

Forever 21 is a $3.8bn retailer with more than 480 outlets worldwide and is based in Los Angeles, California.

They claim the firm copied Adobe’s graphics and web software, 3D design and rendering products from Autodesk and graphics and file compression software from Corel.

They claim “widespread use” of illegal copies of their software along with “wilful, repeated and on-going reproduction”.

According to the companies’ filing with the US District Court of Northern California (available here – 12 page PDF), the amount of money they’ve lost in profits as a result of the copying has not yet been ascertained.

The firms want Forever 21 to stop copying their software and destroy all copies along with written proof that they have acted.

They also want the fashion retailer to pay their legal fees and costs.

The Register contacted Forever 21 and is waiting for a comment.®

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