dryriver writes: Yesterday, Adobe put up a mysterious webpage from which it's now 7 year old CS2 line of products (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Premiere and others) could be freely downloaded by anyone. (http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html) The page even included valid serial numbers that will unlock the CS2 apps for anyone who wants to. This strange "giveaways" page at Adobe.com quickly went viral on the internet after a few tech bloggers reported on it. An Adobe spokesman said initially that the CS2 downloads are for existing owners of Adobe CS2 software only, who may not be able to activate their software anymore, due to the CS2 activation servers having been shut down by Adobe. But the internet at large took this webpage as meaning "Free Adobe CS2 Software for Everyone", which was probably not what Adobe had in mind initially. It seems that at this point, hundreds of thousands of people have downloaded their "free" CS2 products and installed them, and started using them. So Adobe is in a bit of a PR "pinch" now because of this — Do you tell all the thousands of people who have downloaded CS2 products in the last 48 hours that "you cannot use these products without paying us". Or do you accept that hundreds of thousands of people now have free access to 7 year old Adobe CS2 products, and try to encourage some of them to "upgrade to the new CS6 products"?
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