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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He doesn't "justify" stealing. He just doubt the claimed amount of "lost money" due to piracy. Software is not a physical product. YOUR logic is flawed. Adobe don't produce each copy of Photoshop like a car. There is no production cost for the copy you steal. If you steal one, it's theft, of course, but if you couldn't get it for free, you wouldn't buy it, so they wouldn't get your money in any case.

Lots of people who don't do in Photoshop more than a few simple operations they could do with a free image editor, download Photoshop only because they hear that it is "the software" for images. And because they can it get for free.

BTW I own a legit Adobe Production Premium Suite.

Talk about stealing. Do you have proof that the image you use as avatar is your own creation or that you did pay for it?

Have to agree with you 100%.. Very misleading indeed.

To me, you PAY for a pirated copy of something... you get a cracked copy for FREE. As for loosing sales.. I don't think anyone wants the type of customer who is not willing to pay in the first place, do they?.. so no loss in sales.

I think you overestimate Adobe's business. They had well under $1B in net profit last year, a year they called their best ever.

This is correct. Adobe's 2012 net income was $844-million. The multi-billion in losses is absurd - Hollywood accounting at its best.

make it chepper to buy!!! as it is cheap, no one goes to the trouble of the pirate the programe!!!

if the program was chepper, no one goes to the trouble of the pirate the program... and adobe still soccore big money!!!

I would argue that's not as simple as it sounds. Look at the lengths people go to to pirate iOS apps that cost few dollars. Yes as the price came down some pirates would convert to purchasers, but the bulk of hobbyists and home users are probably going to keep on pirating until the price drops below $40, and that's never going to happen.

Your point is very valid and I agree that almost every single person that is using a cracked version of Photoshop, would likely never had bought it in the first place, which cannot be counted among losses. I am willing to bet that many of the people using the cracked version would pay a much lower price to switch to a licensed or legal copy, but that would be unfair to those who had paid full price and used it legally.

Jaron Schneider's picture

I have to say, there hasn't been so polarizing an issue in our industry as the Creative Cloud before. It has superseded even Nikon/Canon debates. It's a firestorm.

After meeting these people (in the video that went up today) you can see how much passion they have for what they do. People stealing it just makes me feel really bad for them, because behind that software are real people who love what they do.

Not to take away from your point, but people who pirate love what they do as well.

I think you did the very thing you didn't want to do.

Antonio Carrasco's picture

Sad adobe is sad

Outside of the photography industry the Xbox One was getting the biggest shitstorm I've ever seen because of their forcing people to be connected to the internet and their DRM limitations. After E3 and the announcement of the PS4 Microsoft has back tracked on almost all of the complaints by their customers. An update here CRAZY! Good move by Microsoft I just wish that more companies and our government would listen and make common sense decisions as quickly as this.

I'm not saying that pirating is right, it's not, it's illegal but lets be honest here, Adobe isn't hurting for cash. The people making their software get paid extremely well and they sit in Adobe's SKYSCRAPER in San Jose Cali. People will continue to pirate the software but for the initial loss of revenue there are many more people that will purchase the software and continue funding Adobes multi-billion dollar a year earnings.

If you make software on a PC you can hack it on that same PC, there really isn't a way around it (that's been proven). Most software companies, including game companies, know this but it doesn't keep them from making the product for their customers. It's going to happen but you just have to know that there are more good people than bad in this world. =)

So if you're wealthy is it OK if I steal from you? I mean, it's not like you're hurting for cash, right? How do you sound?

Not at all, I see how it came out that way though. It's kind of like the people who complain about having to pay taxes if they win the lottery. If you win the powerball you're forced to pay taxes (theft) but you're still rich so that's a problem that any intelligent person would WANT to have. Same with the software industry, you get in it knowing that you are going to lose revenue within the avenue of piracy BUT that doesn't keep you from.... wanting to win the lottery? =) Does that make more sense?

Perfect analogy!

Microsoft wouldn't need to apologies in a way that acts as if it was not their fult to begin with. Maybe if they didn't hire people who have no clue how the real world works they wouldn't become idiots and announce all the Bullshit to begin with. As for Adobe there's nothing like calling more attention to yourself then telling people what they can't do...

I was thinking the same thing, its these irrational decisions(like they actually don't care for their customers, what xbox one did still makes me wanna.......) which force people towards piracy or towards PS4 in ur example

I too saw their passion and felt terrible, but then I remembered that I value my money more than their passion.

Have you ever tried to say this to a photographer???

Andrew Sible's picture

It's a reality none of us like, but it is a reality. I've actually argued that theft of images isn't inherently damaging to a photographer's income because, aside from known client theft, anonymous theft doesn't really take money away from the photographer. If your watermark gets through or your photo recognized then you've even got some publicity!
If it's never found out, so what? Nobody will go buy from that photographer who stole the image RATHER than buy from you. If they do spend money toward the thief, chances are they probably wouldn't find your original copy anyway so again, you don't loose.

Everything can get stolen, to severely compromise your product because you might loose a few sales is not a great idea in my opinion. If you can do it without much degradation of product image (no HUGE watermarks for example), then it's worth it. Otherwise, like Michael said, it's part of it.

I'm a photographer, writer, musician, and pirate. People pirate my stuff. I pirate other people's stuff. Who cares? I still put food on the table.

Yup ... WHO cares right?

The reason it's so polarizing is that it's a deceiving prompted debate. Creative Cloud IS A LIE! CC is just like Windows 8 or any program you've ever purchased that ever checks for updates via the internet. The "Checking for updates" makes it a part of the cloud? Really?

Sure Windows 8 and iTunes both give you cloud storage (a limited amount) the real "program" is just regular software you buy. Except, in this case, Windows is still a purchase where you own that version and updates. iTunes is still FREE. The difference? Adobe decided to take their product that you'd purchase and own with updates (or discounted upgrades to a newer version) and instead require a maintenance fee/renting of their software.

The shift from Owner to Renter sucks for many who don't like moving. I like owning for a longer time and upgrading every 2 versions (saving money). But now, they've required I keep paying or my software will stop working. That is, until I (and millions of others) find a replacement for Adobe.

Luckily, competition in the marketplace is great for consumers. So while I'm not holding my breath for Photoshop replacement, I've been watching what Apple's got going on with FCP and Sony Vegas and the others are doing. I can't wait until Adobe gets a taste of it's own poison.

Lastly, I'd be totally fine if they called it CS7 but changed it to a license only/rental. But to try to say it's a "Cloud" based software is just a LIE.


Wait, you're mad because Creative Cloud *isn't* cloud-based software? That's funny, a lot of people I've seen railing against Creative Cloud in blog and forum comments were complaining because they thought it *was* cloud-based, therefore the performance would suck and they wouldn't have their work on their own computer.

Zach Sutton's picture

An industry that freaks the hell out whenever anyone steals they're images or asks them to work for free. The same industry then goes off and steal software that other creative minds have invested countless hours on without blinking an eye.

Does anyone else see the problem in this?

Antonio Carrasco's picture

There is a difference between earning a healthy profit and bleeding your customers dry. Adobe was already earning a healthy profit before they forced this on loyal customers

Zach Sutton's picture

So the second that you're making a healthy living in photography, I can go into your garage and steal your car?

Jaron Schneider's picture

No that's absurd. Go for the camera, since it's more relevant.

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