Adobe Photoshop CC Has Already Been Pirated In Just One Day

Adobe Photoshop CC Has Already Been Pirated In Just One Day

With all the recent discussion about Adobe's Creative Cloud model and the polarizing opinions surrounding it, one of the topics people have been mentioning is how it will stop the pirating of Photoshop and other Adobe products in the suite. Some felt that many people were just upset with the model because it could no longer be pirated by those who did not pay. 

Now that Photoshop Creative Cloud went live just the other day, we didn't know what to expect. However, news is out that just a day after the release, Photoshop CC has already been pirated and available. Although we do not condone piracy, we're shocked to see that it was that easy to circumvent the new model. The reason is how CC works, “An Internet connection is required the first time you install and license your desktop apps, but you can use the apps in offline mode with a valid software license. The desktop apps will attempt to validate your software licenses every 30 days.”

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.

We're not engineers by any means, however you would think that any means of pirating the software would have been cross checked so it would not be possible this time around. Considering Photoshop is one of the most pirated software in the world, is it by design that makes it so hard to stop? We'd like to hear your thoughts.

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When you can't create because of your financial state. Illegally downloading is perfectly understandable and the case for most people on the internet who don't have $1,000 to spend on a bunch of adobe products.

Plenty of pro's are able to make enough to continue purchasing their products. If someone's business isn't viable enough to support itself, then its not a good business. Sucks, but thats not Adobe's fault.

Maybe someone like yourself should go through a SERIOUS recession and see how that works for you and your business. Spending an additional $50 (or more) each month JUST to access and edit your files is allot when you COULD have bought the software when times were good and owned the license. Then no worries when the times are tough.

Wrong again. You can do anything you want with your files, by purchasing a cheaper older version of photoshop. If you can't put out a good enough product without having THE BEST AND NEWEST EVERYTHING then again, sucks, but it's not Adobe's fault you don't know how to make do with what you have.

And for the record, I don't live in some magic recession repelling bubble, it hit me just as hard as it hit everyone else. No matter how bad I have it, that does not justify me stealing from someone else. If that's your twisted logic, why don't you go tell each and every one of those developers why you think their product isn't worth paying for, and why you are better than all of them.

It's their own fault for not making the car cost $10. I don't care if it cost $2k to make the car, $10 is all I have in my wallet, so thats all I'm willing to pay.

If it works the same as with the CS products, it's simply a matter of modifying the file that tells your computer the IP addresses that Adobe software uses to verify the software, and block connection to those IP's, and instead loop them around to a local address, which either tricks the software into thinking it connected to Adobe and everything is OK, or just confuses it and it waits to try again another time. I'm not really sure. I don't see how CC would be any different.

I Will stop cracking until they charge an affordable price to us... It's exactly what happened to the music industry, people trying to rip off our money and trying to became rich by charging tones and paying just a few hundreds dollars to the actual creative minds behind the photoshop and other software... Look at the apps in the iStore... I spend money on them cuz they're affordable and sometimes powerful enough... Solo think about it befor you go to sleep

Lee Morris's picture

Isn't $20 a month very reasonable?

For a piece of software I use for a total of, say, 4 hours a month... No. Completely unreasonable.

You must be the worst paid professional on the planet that can't afford $20 bucks a month. To freely admit you are a thief doesn't say much for your character either. Just sayin!

What about those of us that aren't professionals, either because we won't ever be (pursuing another career), or because they are just starting out?

If you say "you should be using photoshop if you can't afford it", you just told a broke college student to "stop learning a new skill, or open new creative possibilities that may or may not benefit you in the future".

That's a really unprofessional and pathetic attitude. Create something you're really proud of and you're hoping to sell and instead stick it on piratebay and let everyone have it for nothing, see how you feel then. If you don't think it's worth the money, don't buy it. If you wanted a Van Gogh painting would you steal that too, simply because they're "charging tones"?

well this just got awkward....

Spy Black's picture

"Show me someone who's not a parasite, and I'll say a prayer for him". --Bob Dylan

Adobe did come right out and say that they didn't switch to CC to stop pirates, but to be able to give a pseudo-financing option, and roll out upgrades more often. They know that making it *too* difficult to pirate would actually hurt their business, because of people like me, who learned on pirated copies, and went on to professional settings where they buy the software that employees know.

Nowadays, I pay for the CC service for my freelancing because I don't have time to worry about whether my software will work. There were way too many days in college when I tried to do my homework, only for the pirated version to be shut down. I can't risk that with paying clients.

Think about that when they tell you that your OS will need to be upgraded for the next release and we just went into the next recession. Renting software will come to bite people in the butt one day - and it won't take too long for that to happen.

Its called software people, its pry not a hard thing to do, you find out the file that tells the software where to connect to.... like every other version of CS then you alter the document so it loops. I don't even know how to code but Adobe doesn't even think of these types of things.

Why is anyone surprised? For every smart person working for Adobe, there's 100 smarter people floating around on the Internet.

And wasn't there a study awhile back that said that people that pirate on average spend more money on stuff like this than people who don't?


I'm surprised by how supportive, or maybe apathetic, people are about pirating, I doubt they would feel the same way if it was their business being screwed. Adobe makes a premium product, at a very very premium price, and if you can't afford, you really shouldn't have it. I do believe that the price point is high (was before and is now with CC), but that doesn't make it okay to steal. I am not pretending to be better than anyone else, I used a pirated copy of PS CS1 for a long time, and finally came to my ethical senses and bought PS CS5 at a good price, then upgraded to a CS6 suite at a good price. Since then, I no longer use bogus copies of anything.

It's wrong to steal and we don't get to decide who deserves to earn money for what they produce. If you want to show a company that you don't support what they do, don't buy or use their products. We have to stop living with this mindset that we are entitled to have whatever we want, because we're not.

Who said we are entitled to whatever we want? Sorry, missed that post.... Could you point it out to me?

No one said that, it's the conclusion I came to after reading through a lot (not all) the posts. Enough people are admitting to using pirated copies and believe it is okay to do so, therefore I believe that they feel entitled to have anything they want, in this case, that's Photoshop.

Totally agree with you and looking at this subject, it's just the two of us. Would people like it if they spent hours painting a masterpiece or months writing a full album of songs only to have it taken, copied and then distributed and getting nothing for it? This 'can't afford it so I should get it for free attitude' is pathetic and selfish.

Adobe should allow user to have free software when they stop supporting it and no longer can buy it... Make CS3 free to the public, you no longer support it, unless its the same thing as your current versions with just a 3 instead of 4 5 6 or css... point Jiffer!

The whold CS2 suite is currently available from Adobe for free and I would assume CS3 will be eventually too.

Piracy has always been a red herring. Revenue streams are why Adobe is forcing this down everyone's throat.

They don't really care about piracy that much. In some cases, piracy is actually good for Adobe (establishes the standard for what apps are WORTH being stolen, leading eventually to their adoption as the standard (PS) and ultimately to more sales)

Pirating is bad and pirates should feel bad.

Just like Microsoft where Windows are the most hacked OS in the world.

Some people must've really hate Adobe for forcing customer to use Adobe CC and actually did something.

A reminder to Adobe...

Feels kinda the same like what will happen to Xbox One...

Those who pirate will not purchase anyway, and vice-versa. Your talking about a sub-culture that lives for the hunt. Its the thrill of the chase that motivates. Doing what few can. They are not your every day consumer who his happy to shell out $200+ for some software they will only use occasionally to brighten up dark vacation photos. Have we not learned anything from the past?! In the data age there is not stopping information sharing. Sorry!

I dont think they are trying to prevent piracy with CC. They want to make it easy to have the software for a lower upfront cost which makes a big deal when thousands of dollars are not immediately available.