ADOBE's Photoshop Creative Cloud Cracked and Widely Circulated In Its First 24 Hours!!!!
Adobe’s new subscription-based service was designed to reduce the piracy of their software by forcing users to verify their subscription status with an internet connection every 30 days. But the model may have already failed on its first day with cracked versions of the new Photoshop CC reportedly being shared illegally on the Pirate Bay and other torrent sites a mere 24 hours following the launch
“With the constant need for validation and continual updates through the cloud, many felt it would be difficult to pirate something that requires constant contact for it to stay updated. However, it took no less than a day for pirates to get around it.” -(Via Fstoppers)
Just yesterday announced by Adobe, “this Creative Cloud release reimagines the creative process through a stunning set of “CC” desktop applications and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Creative files can be stored and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.”
this news is important as everyone is watching the story closely to see how this affects Adobe’s ongoing business plan. Many top photographers and photoshop users have been heavily against the new subscription model as it is inconvenient in some situations.
I understand that this is an issue/problem in general. However, my question is whether this is a major or minor revenue issue for Adobe. In other words, are the pirated copies being used by "professionals" who would switch to a legitimate copy when pirated copies are unavailable, or by folks who switch to a lesser product? If the later then Adobe needs to reach its revenue targets irrespective of the pirating issue, and therein lies the challenge - how to grow a mature market, and force folks to dole out more cash, when they are perfectly happy with the software/features they've already got.
Problem is that it's easier to use the pirated copy than it is to use the "legit" copy. Especially if you have a crash and need to get back up and running quickly. Adobe will lecture you if you don't deactivate before your software crashes! That #$%$ me off so badly, I vowed never to upgrade an Adobe product ever again. "The Cloud" has made my decision that much easier!