Update: 07/04 03:30 PM by S :Joerg from Germany sent us a small correction: Apparently the lawyers want any packaging of KIllustrator destroyed, not the project itself. Perhaps they think it comes in a box?
reveals some more information on the
If my understanding of the German article is correct, the lawyer firm of Reinhard Skuhra Weise &
has issued a cease and desist letter to the University of
Magdeburg, employer of KIllustrator's author, Dr Kai-Uwe Sattler
The cease-and-desist letter complains that kIllustrator's advertising damages
Adobe's brand-name and damages the reputation of Adobe's product. The lawyers
required that the University sign the cease and desist letter, destroy the
kIllustrator-package, name every KIllustrator user, and disclose the profit
they made from it. Finally the lawyers sent a bill for 4686 DM (German Marks, approximately 2000 dollars) not counting value added tax. Should the University not sign,
the lawyers will sue for a million DM (approximately 400 thousand dollars) .
Kai-Uwe Sattler is happy to change the name, but doesn't want to pay
this bill. When he suggested changing the name, the lawyers rejected his proposal saying "Do you know any lawyer who works for nothing?" The lawyers insist on
payment. Sattler regrets that Adobe never contacted him before calling upon
lawyers to ask him to change the name of his software.
Udo Skuhra, who works at the lawyers' firm, refused to talk to heise-online
about the cease-and-desist letter, and refused to state whether Adobe asked his law-firm to issue it.