Adobe Systems Inc.
has added DRM (digital rights management) technology to boxed copies of Photoshop application in Australia in a test run that could extend to other products later this year,
Photoshop is one of the most pirated software apps in the world, according to Drew McManus, Adobe’s director of anti-piracy operations. Adobe is a member of the Business Software Alliance, which estimates that one in four software applications in the U.S. has been pirated.
Only the boxed copies of Photoshop and Collections contain DRM, and both the box and registration application inform users that they must activate the software, either over the Internet or over the phone, according to Extreme Tech. The license agreement lets you install Photoshop on two different machines. If you try a third install, a time-based algorithm determines if the third install is acceptable from Adobe’s perspective, the article explains. Constant installations alerts the server and you’ll have to call Adobe for steps on continuing the installation to proceed.