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Well, that didn't take long: Only a day after its release, the new subscription-only Adobe Photoshop CC has been unshackled from the requirement to pay each month and is being pirated out in the open.
The Verge reported Wednesday that Adobe Photoshop CC has already fallen victim to piracy, with illegal copies now being shared via BitTorrent that circumvent the requirement of phoning home to Adobe in order to verify a paid subscription.
According to Fstoppers, the pirated version "takes advantage of the software's offline mode," which only pings Adobe HQ once a month for month-to-month subscriptions or 180 days for those with an annual commitment. Of course, being separated from the rest of Adobe Creative Cloud means the cracked version of Photoshop CC is without some of its superpowers, such as the ability to sync settings to the cloud.
No doubt Adobe hoped to reduce piracy of its popular creative applications by switching to a new subscription-based model, which has paid off handsomely for Microsoft Office 365. The big difference is, Microsoft's productivity applications have yet to be pirated, although they remain available for purchase separately.
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