Adobe has not released any official statement one way or another
An angry post by a forum moderator who has probably dealt with years of "this software I borrowed off a friend isn't working properly" posts doesn't count. Neither does the one from a less angry moderator later in the same thread saying "I don't think you have to worry about Adobe coming after you for this."
The "official" blog ("Opinions expressed here and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adobe.") is too vague. "might be interpreted" seems to indicate that it was not the intention to give the software away for free, but there is also no statement that it is "illegal for anyone other than people who already own CS2" to download it. Also as stated in their disclaimer, it is not official.
Instead of pulling the links, putting a disclaimer on them, or otherwise distancing themselves from giving away freeware, they have removed the need to even create an Adobe account to download it. I'm still expecting an eventual "for personal use only" statement to be released.
Has anyone seen anything remotely more official than the statements from Mr. Angry Moderator or the officially unofficial blog? People keep quoting the blog which is decidedly not official by their own legal disclaimer as well as being very ambiguous even if it was.
A couple thoughts on this, which may not be worth anything-
First, Adobe is not exactly at the forefront of internet security and never has been. Flash and their pdf viewer probably account for three-fourths of the known gateways for hackers on the planet. So Adobe attempting to give out program keys to license holders while actually giving them out to anyone/everyone without even realizing they were not being very secure about it is not that far fetched from reality.
On the other hand, Adobe is not known for giving out much of anything, ever...at least not much of anything that's worth having. So I could understand the shock by those associated with Adobe that something worth owning was being handed out by their own company, If Adobe had more experience in turning a near "end of life" product into one of the internet's biggest giveaways of the year they could have just rolled back the clocks a couple weeks and made this into some huge Christmas promo.
Anyway, whether this is or is not an actual freebie offer from Adobe is still up in the air. I could see where they turn a blind eye to the universal keys and unneeded registration, just because they don't feel it's worth their efforts to try and stop it. But they easily could have tried to monetize these programs by installing some nag screen before making the downloads available to the public. It's kind of unusual for Adobe to be all that kind about these sorts of things. I guess we'll find out over the next few weeks what the official announcement is...I wouldn't doubt there's something generated to try to monetize these downloads.
If you are a photographer, well, theres a major problem because there's no support for raw files for cameras newer than beginning 2007. In other words, if you purchased a new camera over the past 6 years, you can't even open up the raw files to edit them. Of course, you could use a DNG converter, but its not the same thing and it adds tedious steps to the workflow.
You know that and I know that. I just wanted to see if NuclearIce14 knew what he was talking about
I already own CS2 as well as later versions, so I'm just keeping the serial numbers in case I want to use the programs again. But I didn't have Photoshop Elements 5, which I downloaded and registered, using the serial number provided. It works fine so far in Windows 7.
I only found out about this earlier today, January 11, so the offer still exists.
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