Think again. From the very beginning, every app you’ve ever used has been subject to a license. Go back and carefully dissect your EULAs. That is what you’re buying, a right to use the app, not the app itself. The discs are just convenient storage. Are EULAs legal? Provided that they aren’t grossly outrageous, sure. The US court system has already upheld the notion that a EULA exists as legal, binding contract. The moment you open the package, install, or click “AGREE” you’re bound to the terms.
I can sell my old version of CS and so can everyone else who did not upgrade using it to get to CC.
Equally debatable. Some companies certainly allow for license transfer, but it’s not a legal requirement. EULAs, being binding contracts, can work around the limitations imposed by first-sale doctrine. You can be prevented from reselling your software.
My CS Production Premium still holds value - CC does not.
You might own the physical copy, but it’s really Adobe that decides whether or not your CS copy is worthless. Activation being what it is, they can terminate your license for any number of reasons.
In Europe the people won against AD and can re-sell the software.
That case, afaik, was also tried here in the US and, you’re right, the people DID win that case against ADSK. Unfortunately, that verdict was also overturned just 2 years later.
But you can’t do that with CC so Adobe found a way to get around that pulling the wool over politicians eyes
There’s no pulling the wool over anybody’s eyes. They just removed the availability of the physical copy and switched their business model to something service-related. There’s nothing illegal about subscriptions or rental. As long as they’re prepared to deal with the monetary fallout, it’s Adobe’s right to change their modus operandi. At most, they’re just guilty of being greedy.
I may not like the concept of subscriptions, and I don’t, but they’re the gatekeeper and always have been. The only difference between then and now is that, now, I can actually see the puppet master pulling the strings.
I’m certainly not spitting into the wind. I’m still using my old CS and not having to worry about having nothing after stopping paying.
No. You just have to worry about Adobe eventually shutting down the activation server. You just have to worry about your app becoming obsolete enough not to run on whatever future OS comes our way.
I know somebody who drove a 1973 Vega for about 25 years. Their argument was, “It still runs. Why bother upgrading?” Eventually, it stopped running and upgrading became less of an option and more of a necessity.
I’m also not worried about another recession and having to pay a monthly rental fee JUST to open and edit my files.
That’s ridiculous. Saving your files to the cloud isn’t a requirement and formats like PSD, PDF, and AI are so common that you’re not bound to Adobe’s apps to open them.
Also, even if you cancel your subscription, you’ll still have access to your files in the cloud. Even if you’re you’re over a 2GB limit of the free service, you’re still given 90 days before you have to think about off-loading your files and reducing your usage to that 2GB freebie level.
Read the FAQ.
No, they’re not going anywhere. But how do you think shareholders will feel if/when they continue to have dismal profit figures?
That’s the beauty of Adobe’s stock buyback program. The number of shareholders they now have to deal with is far, far less. They still have to answer to them, but not as many of them. They’re down from 17k+ public shares to just 2k. Adobe has, in effect, reduced their level of accountability. Hell will likely come from their customers and their board.
You’re right, Adobe IS the standard and they have taken advantage of that - but not all of us are helping them do it.
Good luck with that. You’re likely to bend and break before Adobe. Never say never. You could use alternatives, but your results will vary. I’ve found that the alternatives are either not up to snuff or you need more of them to do the job of one Adobe app. I’ve found that the alternatives saved me money and freed me for Adobe’s “tyranny”, but they as easily tended to complicate my workflow.
I bet they figure that if they can’t make enough profit on rental-only software they will come out with another solution that may have something to do with ownership
That certainly sounds conspiracy tinged. Businesses are made up of people. Sometimes, these people have a hard time striking a sensible balance. If Adobe does once again offer a perpetual license option, which I feel that they might, it’ll be because they’re looking for that sweet spot, not because they got backed into a corner. Finding that balance isn’t always easy.
Adobe still has enough of a financial cushion to adjust course. Even if their margins are way, way down, it’s not like they’re in the red.