Adobe flirts with product activation


— 12:51 AM on July 5, 2003

In an effort to stem software piracy, it appears that Adobe will insist on product activation for the legal use of its software.

Adobe Systems Inc. has begun testing online activation of its Photoshop 7.0 application in Australia as a way of stemming the illegal use of its software. If the pilot is successful, and so far it is, the developer plans to begin using software activation in the United States later this year or early next, beginning with Photoshop and then expanding to other apps.
A lot of us won't be happy about this, but it's hard to blame a company for trying to protect its product. Of course, enterprise clients won't have to bother with online product activation. It makes me wonder if we will see a Devil's Own version of Photoshop in the near future.
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