Adobe Cracks Down On Software Piracy

Adobe Cracks Down On Software Piracy

Software piracy has been an ongoing topic for many years. In the age of cloud-based software packages and app stores, piracy is becoming more difficult. Still, software firms estimate there are millions of dollars worth of illicit applications sitting on hard drives around the world. Adobe has long been outspoken about the negative effects of software piracy. The company recently started rolling out a validation service which displays a message (like the one shown above) if an installed copy of their software is found to be non-genuine.

At this point in time, the user has the ability to bypass the message. It does not limit the functionality of the software and currently Adobe is only using this feature for the Acrobat suite of applications. In all likelihood, this “feature” will eventually be incorporated into all of Adobe’s products. Some analysts feel the technology may be used prevent users from accessing full functionality of the application at some point. Adobe adds, “This is a new service, designed to inform and protect our customers from the risks of non-genuine and counterfeit software.”

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