Correct. The government order, as compelling as compliance with it is, is ultimately a side issue – Cory takes issue with its brain-dead nature, typical of this regime, but he isn’t arguing that Abobe should break the law. Adobe made the decision to go with the cloud-based SaaS rental model, and that is at the heart of the problem.
Tech companies’ first instincts are to knuckle under to authoritarian governments (see Apple with China), but it’s much harder for them to pull a product that’s already bought and paid for and in possession of the user.
Oh, I’m sure there’s legal boilerplate up the wazoo in their ToS to ensure that the customer (and not just one in Venezuela) has no recourse.