It's true... when you buy an Adobe product, be it Illustrator or the entire Creative Suite, Adobe brazenly stores important personal information about you right on your hard disk. If you don't believe me, look on your machine at
file:///Library/Application%20Support/Adobe/Adobe%20Registration%20Database... you'll see entries like this:
EPIC_ORG=Delicious Monster Software, LLC
I was shocked! Shocked! They didn't even bother to try to disguise it!
I talked to a lawyer from EFF about this, and his comment was, "We feel it is a huge invasion of a consumer's privacy for Adobe to take personal information the user has entered and store it locally on that user's machine, in a file only accessible to the user, right beside all the user's other personal files, where it is protected by passwords and firewalls."
I couldn't agree more, so I called an Adobe PR person, who spoke to me ONLY on the condition that, "if [she] answered my questions I would get off the phone and let [her] do real work."
I put it to her directly: "Are you saying that I am limited to using Adobe products on my machines, and if I illegally give post my copy of CS3 on the internet, I might be sharing my first and last name with the world in addition to violating copyright law and being liable for $50,000 in damages? Because I find this simply unacceptable."
The Adobe flak, in typical PR-speak, tried to spin the story this way: "Well... yah. I mean, uh, duh?"
I will be following this story closely in the following days... I've already heard a rumor that in order to pirate DRM-free iTunes Plus tracks I might have to downsample them to MP3 files, but I simply can't believe Apple would engage in such clearly immoral shenanigans. I mean, making it every-so-slightly difficult to pirate DRM-free music kind of defeats the WHOLE PURPOSE of dropping DRM in the first place, doesn't it?