Originally Posted by Masked
Adobe's pirated numbers are well over 70%...I've actually seen them in the high 80%'s.
...The subscription process isn't as bad as it seems and it will be clarified down the line but, overall -- It isn't that bad.
Again, I'm in the Beta -- Not going to say much more but, the article only scratches the surface.
The cloud tools are actually incredibly useful and this more/less brings all of adobe's suites, together.
Yeah, but you have to ask yourself how many people are just high school kids and hobbyists, let alone people not making money off of Adobe products. The biggest fallacy I see is people assuming that everyone that pirates something is going to buy it.
For all we known those 100% of pirates could be people who wouldn't have bought it anyways and found an alternative. Or it could be 0%. People just pick a random number of people who they think would actually buy it (and protip, every software developer thinks that everyone who pirates their stuff would have bought it anyways).
Piracy to get people to learn your software as a hobby is good, specially when it makes them learn your software as opposed to an alternative. However, people pirating things to make money is not good.
I do not think Adobe is stupid enough to isolate the college and high school kids who pirate to learn the software. The last thing Adobe wants is a bunch of people entering the workforce with barely any adobe product experience and a ton of experience in other programs, because that translates into companies who would have actually purchased it into purchasing something else or using a FOSS alternative.
GIMP's current status probably has a lot to do with the fact that Photoshop is so easy to pirate. Things like Oracle DB, Windows for servers, etc are not easy to pirate and guess what? Their FOSS alternatives are flourishing.