Shots Fired: Adobe Declares War on Software Pirates

Adobe is beginning to crack down of people using pirated versions of its software by perpetually shaming them with a pop-up notification that alerts the user to their misdeed.

Currently the pirate pop-up only affects users in the US with an illegitimate copy of Adobe Acrobat X, but the roll-out is expected to go global and potentially target Adobe’s full suite of tools; including Photoshop.

Photoshop is not only known for being a leading brand in photo editing, it’s also one of the most pirated. Last year, Adobe decided to crack down on the fact by making an example of big name clothing retailer Forever 21 for allegedly pirating Photoshop. So you know they mean business.

The validation notification is being rolled out as part of Adobe’s Software Integrity Service to alert users that they’re using pirate software each time the application is opened.

With the latest version of Photoshop retailing at US$700, it remains to be seen whether or not Photoshop pirates will decided to endure Adobe’s annoying pop-ups or finally pay up for using the service.