Adobe Photoshop – you don’t own what you own

Way back in the day, years and years and years ago, I knew people who had acquired illegal, pirated versions of Adobe Photoshop.  They offered to make me a copy for my own personal use.  I said no.  I don’t use illegally pirated software.

Eventually, though, I did purchase my own personal copy of Photoshop – a legitimate version for my personal use.  Good enough for me.

And it’s a good thing I did so – at that time, Adobe was moving toward a subscription-based service, and I didn’t want to “rent” the software.

All is well.

And then this morning, I saw this report on the Vice website.

Long story short – Adobe is now sending letters to users of earlier versions of their “Creative Cloud” software, saying that those users are no longer licensed to operate this software, and that they need to update their subscriptions to the modern Photoshop software.

Now for me, I dodged a bullet.  I can still use my purchased copy of Adobe Photoshop CS6 without trouble, so long as I understand that Adobe won’t be providing any software updates to it.

But if I get involved with their subscription-based software – I would need to update to their most recent versions and subscription plans or else risk lawsuits.

A quick perusal of Adobe’s Twitter feed shows that the issue only affects those who use older versions of their Creative Cloud software programs, not the legacy purchased versions prior to the subscription service.

But that still makes things a bit cloudy.

See, I’m the type of person that once I have a product that works, I will continue to use it over and over again.  For example – I used to love a software graphics program called Corel PhotoPaint.  I purchased it way back in the day, back when I was operating on Windows 95.  Yeah, that far back in the day.  I would keep those installation discs and use them as often as possible.  Heck, some of those discs lasted longer than the computers on which the programs were installed.

But, unfortunately, I now have to keep an eye on not only Adobe, but also my other software programs.  What’s my option when Nero decides they want to go to a subscription service?  Or maybe Firefox wants to make me pay by the pageview?

I suppose things like this happen in life.  I’m not happy when I hear these things – but I have to work around these issues (legally) so as to keep my personal and financial interests in check.

Because if what I fear happens and my Photoshop 6 program goes kaputski…

Then I have to find those old Corel PhotoPaint 9 discs and see if they work with Windows 10.

Trust me, they’ve worked with every other computer…