Nobody likes product activation…

Sarah O'Keefe / OpinionLeave a Comment

But then you read stuff like this recent gem on the wwp-users list:

Date: Mon, 09 May 2005 17:06:02 -0000
Subject: Help!!!
Hello everybody,
I signed in this gropu 1 month ago because I needed to do my report
intership about framemaker and webworks.
Obviously I cant buy the software because it is very expensive for me
and I only need the software for three months.
Anybody of you know if I could get an special license or a demo
version for three months??
I tried to download from the internet but the crack didnt work, so I
would appreciate if somebody could help me.

That makes it hard to argue with activation, which would probably deter the casual piracy described here. Ed Foster has more on Adobe’s decision to add activation in his GripeLog.

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