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  • License or pirated version?

    Posted by Terima Kasih on March 24, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    Hi friends, I would like to know from the global, English-speaking community how widespread is the use of licensed Adobe and Autodesk software among designers, artists and other creative people . I am interested in this question, as the Russian-speaking community mainly uses pirated versions, which complicate the conditions for creativity and work. How widespread is the problem of pirated versions among you and your friends?🧐

    Mads Nybo jørgensen
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  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    March 24, 2024 at 11:31 pm

    Hey Terima,

    I can’t speak for Autodesk, as they lost my business when their subsidiary Discreet “sold out” the *edit community. These days I suggest that anyone interested in animation, go Blender first.

    With regard to Adobe, that is a bit more difficult when it comes to Russia. As there are several reports around that although Adobe is not selling, it is alleged that they provide their software for free to existing users in Russia.

    I have searched, but not been able to find anything from Adobe denouncing these allegations.

    But do observe, once again, that Adobe has shut down the Cloud, in Creative Cloud for all freelancers, SME’s and students. So it makes sense that we will have to pay for both the failed takeover of Figma $1Bn burn, but also pay for the other “give-away”.

    In direct response to your line:
    “the Russian-speaking community mainly uses pirated versions, which complicate the conditions for creativity and work.”

    I don’t know if you yourself are Russian, and that is not intended to provoke you, but only to consider that you are mainly concerned with the Russian-speaking community – of which there are many, including across Europe (& Ukraine).

    If users outside of Russia are making use of Adobe’s alleged generosity, you should call them out to Adobe.
    If there are Russian based users, you should trace their money, as their access to international transfers should be restricted. Again, whatever company is doing the money transfer. Do call them out, or report them to the banking authorities.

    I personally do not use pirated and/or unlicensed software and media assets. Simply because the fine would be large, and the embarrassment even larger. I know of many people that do use pirated content, but I can not be spending all day calling them out, and end up with no friends.

    However, from my work with one client, I know of all of the security going in to protect the media assets. And with that knowledge, I do explain to those who needs to know it; That they might think that they got away using pirated content, but sometimes they are let through the net, in order to catch a much larger group of people, including those they shared the stolen content with…

    In short, the problem is widespread. But the cost of ownership v what you can earn on using legit software is negligible, so no point in getting caught with your pants down when you can do honest business.



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