Photoshop CS has been the most pirated application on the internet. With Adobe changing the way it distributes its packaged software, licensing problems have now been solved.
Adobe announced Creative cloud couple of months ago, through which it would make Photoshop and complete creative suite of applications at nominal monthly and yearly plans. Overall, owning Photoshop, Lightroom, and 30+ Creative suite apps are now much more affordable than before.
However, pirates spare no one. Photoshop Creative cloud has been hacked and made public on torrents within 24-hours of release. The new licensing model validates the license by connecting online once in a month. We’re surprised to see it was hacked that easily. Did Adobe really did a bad job in securing their software? Or was it intentional? Gurus would say its a marketing stunt product companies like Microsoft and Adobe do to lead the market. But we’re not sure how true is that.
The torrent is titled “Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0 Final Multilanguage” with size of 1.37GB and was uploaded by someone named Ching Liu. According to comments left by some Pirate Bay users, the software appears to be the real deal. As a part of Creative cloud, apps connect back to Adobe’s servers every month to re-validate a customer’s subscription status, so whether or not this is a long-term solution for pirates remains to be seen.
Of course Adobe did know this was going to happen. But it being cracked in under 20 hours, its surprisingly a bad attempt to improve its piracy protection. In any case, this doesn’t change anything for Adobe, paid customers are going to be tied to their subscription models.