Well that didn’t take long.
Just one day after the official public release by Adobe of their new Creative Cloud product suite, that uses the new subscription based model to provide it customers with up to date products, cracked and working versions are already available. The cracked version of Photoshop CC appeared as a torrent on KickAssTorrents first followed shortly after via The Pirate Bay, (according to time logs) titled ‘Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0 Final Multilanguage’ by Ching Liu. From the downloaders comments, it appears to be working fine despite the new subscription model, and only requires the downloader to create a free Adobe account.
Shortly after Photoshop CC was released as a torrent, it was followed by Dreamweaver CC and then Illustrator CC which again, seem to be working as advertised. What has yet to be determined though, is whether or not people downloading the pirated versions of the latest Adobe products will be able to access the updates for the apps as and when they are available due to the products installed having to connect to the Adobe servers once a month to validate the users licence.
Was this expected? To be honest, yes, and that is by no means a condonement of piracy but a simple reality of todays technology. Historically now, especially with the CS versions of Adobe products, pirated versions have appeared very quickly once the product is first launched, so the availability of the newer CC version shouldn’t really come as a shock. When Adobe first announced that they were moving their business model to a subscription based one requiring the user to , some sites hailed this as a ‘End of Piracy’ of Adobe products. Anyone with half a brain would have realised that claiming Adobe’s latest business model would end piracy was either very naive or simply didn’t understand the mentality of those who initially crack the software and then make it available via P2P. Piracy is something that goes hand-in-hand these days with modern technology, and you have to do a tiny bit of research to realise that stomping out piracy isn’t a simple fix. I also can’t see that the Adobe CC software being pirated will have any noticeable decrease on Adobe’s bottom line as the people who pirate the software wouldn’t actually pay for it anyway. Adobe didn’t make these new changes to the way people can access their products to stop piracy, but are instead adopting a business model that more and more companies seem to be doing now, and when you look at it, it make sense. After all if they are finding that many users are simply buying a physical version of the software that will serve their needs for many years, why would they want to upgrade to the latest version when it becomes available. With this newer subscription model they will see better a cash flow as users will be paying on a monthly/annual basis for the product rather that simply sitting on an old version. Of course there are going to be quite a few people that won’t be able to pay constant subscription fees and may turn instead to pirated versions, but the vast majority of people who had previously paid for the products will continue to do so.
Is there a silver lining for Adobe having their software pirated? Well that is a question that has caused a lot of discussion over the years and if I were to give my honest opinion I would say that in the long-term those pirates may very well become tomorrows paying consumer. If you take Photoshop for example which is without a doubt the No.1 photo-editing software in the world, many people probably started out using pirated/cracked versions of the product when they were younger, and then went on to use legitimate versions of the product when they were able to afford it. Adobe may not ever officially admit to this but piracy has probably played a huge role in just how well the company has done over the years.