bought latest photoshop from ebay real cheap but...

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by dmedhora, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. dmedhora

    dmedhora Guest

    Hi, I just bought photoshop cs2 v9 from ebay. Is this legal to
    use? I didn't pay too much for it so I'm wondering should I
    install it or what?

    Please let me know..:

    Thanks.
    PS When I look at the files in explorer, under the LEGAL folder there
    is a
    folder called 4.0

    So thats:

    Photoshop CS2 v9(D:) \ Data \ AutoPlay \ LEGAL \ Adobe Photoshop CS2 \
    4.0.0 \ .....

    Does this mean that in reality I have photoshop cs2
    version 4.0 and that the seller has made me believe its version 9 ?
    There was a mention in the ebay listing that I can get updates...

    Can anyone advise please?
    Thanks again.
     
    dmedhora, Jun 16, 2006
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    BD Guest

    Is this legal to use?

    If you were able to successfully register it, I expect it's fine. If
    the serial number is scrawled on the back of a beer coaster with a
    Sharpie pen, be wary.

    If you were given another CD with it, labeled "KeyGen" - be wary.
     
    BD, Jun 16, 2006
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    Jim Sant Guest

    how much is cheap? if you bought and paid with PayPal there is a record of
    the transaction anyway so if someone is selling illegal stuff, they can be
    held accountable.

    Jim
     
    Jim Sant, Jun 16, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    If the serial number you have will allow your copy to be activated the rest
    is up to you and Adobe.
    While I sympathize with Adobe's desire to protect its intellectual property
    the buy-in price for Photoshop is so utterly absurd that it encourages
    various forms of software piracy. Adobe does not get that Photoshop is now a
    mainstream, as opposed to Professional Graphic, product. At a more
    reasonable price point I bet Photoshop would sail off store shelves.
    The market may finally be recognizing this as Adobe reported a serious drop
    in sales for the last quarter for CS2 and related products. As a result it
    is likely that CS3, or whatever they call the next version, will be out
    sooner than the previously reported mid-2007 in order to generate cash flow.
     
    bmoag, Jun 16, 2006
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    John Bean Guest

    I think you should have considered this *before* you bought
    it.

    Sorry, almost certainly a fake.
     
    John Bean, Jun 16, 2006
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  6. Today, with great enthusiasm and quite emphatically, John Bean laid
    this on an unsuspecting readership ...
    hindsight is always 20/20 but the crystal ball is frequently
    cloudy, and the time everyone decides to back up their system is
    right /after/ the HD crashes

    --
    ATM, aka JerryR

    "Gort. Klaatu. Barada. Nikto." - Klaatu to Mrs. Benson to stop
    robot Gort destroying the Earth, from "The Day The Earth Stood
    Still"
     
    All Things Mopar, Jun 16, 2006
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  7. dmedhora

    dmedhora Guest

    Hi,

    Just to answer a few questions

    The disc looks like its been burnt and on the cover of the disk is
    a design of some sort. There is text around the rim saying that
    this is "Winning disc 3 of 10. Visit www.discs.co.uk for further
    details".

    Inside the disk is a keygen program.

    I paid less than £10 for it including shipping. I haven't installed
    it as yet. I began this post just after reading the license agreement.

    I bought and paid for this with paypal.

    Now can I install it? :)
    If its legal I will , but if the above sounds as though its illegal
    I probably wont :(
     
    dmedhora, Jun 16, 2006
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  8. Sigh... What do YOU think? It's not an Adobe disk, it's not an Adobe
    serial number, it's not an Adobe URL, and you bought it for less than
    1/6 the price of the cheapest legal (educational) version - and you
    think it MIGHT be legit!?
     
    Scott Schuckert, Jun 17, 2006
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    Phil Wheeler Guest


    Hope springs eternal, they say :)
     
    Phil Wheeler, Jun 17, 2006
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    Joe Makowiec Guest

    Sure. The viruses in a lot of software which you buy that way are a free
    added bonus.
     
    Joe Makowiec, Jun 17, 2006
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  11. Today, with great enthusiasm and quite emphatically, laid this
    on an unsuspecting readership ...
    I don't think the clay brick folks "burn" their CDs, I think they
    press them, so maybe - just maybe - you bought a bootleg of
    something for 10 pounds. Now, what if the "author" is an asshole
    and embedded some malware on the disc, do you still want to install
    it? Best get Pay Pal to refund your purchase.

    --
    ATM, aka JerryR

    "Gort. Klaatu. Barada. Nikto." - Klaatu to Mrs. Benson to stop
    robot Gort destroying the Earth, from "The Day The Earth Stood
    Still"
     
    All Things Mopar, Jun 17, 2006
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  12. Today, with great enthusiasm and quite emphatically, Scott
    Schuckert laid this on an unsuspecting readership ...
    I've heard it said that some people really are too stupid to live
    ....

    --
    ATM, aka JerryR

    "Gort. Klaatu. Barada. Nikto." - Klaatu to Mrs. Benson to stop
    robot Gort destroying the Earth, from "The Day The Earth Stood
    Still"
     
    All Things Mopar, Jun 17, 2006
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    Panno Zhai Guest

    You've been cheated. In Malaysia or Russia (where I have been to), you
    can buy this disk for 1 quid ($2-3).

    \/
     
    Panno Zhai, Jun 17, 2006
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  14. Today, with great enthusiasm and quite emphatically, Joe
    Makowiec laid this on an unsuspecting readership ...
    yepper! lots of strange d00ds get their jollies by snaring greedy
    and gullible "citizens". The old saying "if it sounds too good to
    be true, it probably is" may apply here.

    --
    ATM, aka JerryR

    "Gort. Klaatu. Barada. Nikto." - Klaatu to Mrs. Benson to stop
    robot Gort destroying the Earth, from "The Day The Earth Stood
    Still"
     
    All Things Mopar, Jun 17, 2006
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  15. My favorite line in all of television: Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe on
    Cheers. On realizing the fax she just sent "anonymously" has an
    identifying header on it - "Oh, it's TRUE - I really AM too dumb to
    live!"
     
    Scott Schuckert, Jun 17, 2006
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    dmedhora Guest

    Thats great, so do these people in malaysia who buy these disks
    also install and use them?

    I am a layman when it comes to copyright, licensing, software laws,
    piracy et al.

    Most of my work is done on linux. I normally use the gimp but
    its limitation of doing things in 8bit only instead of 16bit is
    mildly discomforting. Besides the gimp I believe is harder to
    pick up and learn and use than photoshop. I'm not saying its
    less efficient, I'm saying that its greek to me. I want to use
    photoshop because it may be more "user friendly".

    So now coming back to the topic, from what I hear almost
    everyone saying, I have gotten myself an illegitimate copy.
    Or have I? Its still not clear. I asked the seller via email
    but haven't got a reply yet.

    If I install and use what I bought would I get myself into trouble?
    (Assuming that theres no virus inside it. Why be pessimistic.
    After all not everyone on ebay sells malicious software)

    ofcourse you can see that I'm being hopefull here. I might have
    behaved like a dumb consumer. But whatelse ?
    After all I did purchase it. And there are expensive things sold
    for cheap all over ebay. If you look at it from my point of view
    I think I got myself a bargain.

    But I'm all confused now. Should I ask adobe?
     
    dmedhora, Jun 17, 2006
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    Panno Zhai Guest

    Just shut up and use it :)
     
    Panno Zhai, Jun 17, 2006
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    ASAAR Guest

    If someone offers an envelope of $20 bills worth $1000 for only
    $50 on eBay, you could just as easily rationalize the purchase,
    saying that the bills *might* be real and not counterfeit, and that
    *some* people on eBay make legitimate offers so this might be
    another one. But only a real dunce would think that the disks you
    bought aren't illegal copies even though there's an extremely small
    chance that they aren't.

    As to not being pessimistic, I agree. You may end up with a virus
    but then again there's a good chance that you won't. In that case
    you'll be safely using an illegal copy of photoshop, and despite
    paying somebody something for it, you'll be if not a happy thief, a
    happy accessory to theft.

    As you seem determined to use the software despite the many
    responses indicating why that wouldn't be a good idea as well as
    your own initial concern, there seems little point to this thread
    continuing much longer.
     
    ASAAR, Jun 18, 2006
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    Rich Guest

    Of course Ebay never has much luck finding this stuff themselves, after
    all they only
    own and run the service. It's always the consumer who notices and has
    to tell them.
    Ebay is fraud city and as long as they get paid, they could care less.
    They (no doubt)
    have some carefully worded disclaimer absolving them of all
    responsibility.
    This is also why you will never, ever see fraud figures released from
    Ebay.
     
    Rich, Jun 18, 2006
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  20. dmedhora

    Panno Zhai Guest

    This is what indeed happened in Germany at the end of the 2nd World War
    or in any other country when a high inflation set in.
    I am loughing when I hear that. The pirates need to keep their
    reputation too, yer know. If they start supplying disks with viruses on
    it, then the word quickly gets around, and people cease buying from
    them (I am talking about pirate produce in the countries where the
    purchasing capability of the people is low like in Eastern Europe or in
    Asia, thus most of the e.g. Microsoft products in use are pirated).

    \/
     
    Panno Zhai, Jun 18, 2006
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