Adobe anti-piracy initiative

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Piracy free is worry free

When you buy authentic Adobe software, the benefits of ownership far exceed the software itself. With Adobe standing behind its products, you gain a partner you can depend on for technical support, important updates, and future upgrades. You gain peace of mind knowing your programs are safe, stable, compatible with your computer, and absolutely free of adware and viruses. You can't put a price on that kind of confidence. Piracy-free is worry-free.

Piracy hurts everyone

Software developers face a devastating financial impact when pirated software is used. Time and money that could be used to create innovative new technology must be diverted to the frustrating task of protecting the software they have already developed.

Retail stores also feel the financial pain of piracy. Additionally, they may have to limit their selection to titles that won't be devalued by pirated copies floating around on the Internet.

Perhaps the most victimized group are the software users themselves, and that includes all of us. We are hurt when developers cannot focus on development. We are hurt when retailers are forced to limit our options. And we are hurt by the viruses, spyware, and adware that can be invisibly embedded into pirated software.

Worldwide, the economic loss associated with software piracy is estimated in the tens of billions of dollars. In the end, the only people who really benefit from pirated software are the pirates themselves.

What is software piracy?

Piracy is the unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented material. With regard to computer software, piracy is the term used for copying, selling, or using software that hasn't been properly licensed — or paid for. Software piracy is illegal.

Types of software piracy

Being familiar with the different types of software piracy can help you identify potential pirates and help ensure that you are always buying and using legitimate products.

How to avoid piracy

Some tips and guidelines to help protect yourself and your organization.

Caution with auctions

Buying software from auction sites can be an extremely risky proposition. Follow these tips.

Other online threats

  • Phishing and spoofing
  • Spam e-mails

Fonts and piracy

Frequently asked questions about Adobe font licensing.

Partners in prevention

Adobe works with several organizations around the world to help prevent software piracy.

Piracy in the news

The latest headlines related to piracy arrests.

Piracy FAQ

Wondering what is right and what is wrong? Read these frequently asked questions.