Posted 04 April 2005 - 10:51 AM
While Adobe, or any software developer has the right to protect the sales of their merchandise, they do not have the right to punish honest customers to do so. The entire software activation scheme is such an Orwellian Microsoftism in it application that it is reminiscent of a police state mentality. When I buy music or movies, I do not have to activate themnot that the RIAA and MPAA would not like to try such a tactic, but their closest attempt, DivX, failed miserablyso when I buy software the same should apply.
As has already been mentioned here, this will create logistical nightmare in corporate and lab settings where multiple machines are managed and several software packages are installed. In any given academic computer lab, a single machine can have dozens of applications installed to meet the computing needs of a very diverse user base. As for the personal user, especially on the Windows side, this can also be a nightmare. Every time someone needs to re-install software for whatever reason, they have to deactivate the old copy and activate it again. This is punishing the customer pure and simple.
Also, as was mentioned here, this gives far too much control to the software developer in terms of upgrades. I know several people that have very old versions of certain software packages for various reasons. The underlying logic is often that what they have fits their needs. While they may not upgrade their software often, some do regularly upgrade their computers. What happens when developer A decides to not permit activation because the user is trying to activate an older version of software that the company no longer supports? No developer has the right to tell me that I can no longer use software that I have legitimately purchased. Can you imagine what kind of world we would be living in if car manufactures could force people to purchase new cars every few years or if components of your home audio system were essentially designed to fail after a set period of time?
What Adobe, Macromedia, Microsoft and all other companies are doing with this activation scheme goes beyond being unethical. When I buy food I do not have to call General Mills to get permission to eat it. When I buy a car, I do not have to call Saturn to get permission to drive it. When I buy a television, I do not have to call Sony to get permission to watch it. When I buy clothes, I do not have to call Eddie Bauer to get permission to where them. Once something is purchased, the manufacturer is out of the loop excepting customer support issues. This tactic is wrong no matter how you try to look at it.