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10/28/2007 09:22:53 AM · #1
Came across this when looking to purchase CS3. They say you can register the product you get with adobe. Is this legit and legal?

10/28/2007 09:52:15 AM · #2
My way to look at is, if you have to question the legality, then it is very likely that its illegal :P
10/28/2007 09:53:12 AM · #3
Right, so just do it and don't ask.
10/28/2007 10:02:28 AM · #4
Don't have a clue. I purchased CS3 through Adobe using a student discount for only $399 (instead of the current normal price of $1,199).

That included: Acrobat 8 Professional, Bridge, Device Central, ExtendScript Toolkit 2, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, LiveCycle Designer 8, Photoshop, Stock Photos.

Education discount for Adobe CS3 Design Standard
10/28/2007 11:13:14 AM · #5
Well, I'm not a student, but my children are, so I guess I could go that way. Any other thoughts on the original link?
10/28/2007 11:23:33 AM · #6
I bought an 6 CD collection (educational license) from Journey Ed. about 5(?) years ago. It came with Acrobat, GoLive, LiveMotion, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop 7 all for $399. You just need a student ID or proof that you work at an educational institution. Great company to work with and the software was completely legal. When I started my [small] photography business I upgraded to CS (non-educational license) for $180 I think. Definitely the cheaper way to go...buy the educational license and then upgrade to regular.

EDIT: For just CS3 it's $299.

Message edited by author 2007-10-28 11:26:49.
10/28/2007 01:17:49 PM · #7

Could sign up for that course and get a student ID. The money you'd save would be well worth the cost.
10/28/2007 01:53:11 PM · #8
Well there are student discounts like that one for $299, but through a lot of schools you can buy software licenses, and download the demo off adobe for free. At my school it costs $149 for a license. No idea for that original link, altho they claim it's legal *shrug*
10/28/2007 01:57:17 PM · #9
The price of it makes me feel like it is legit. You could just get it from the adobe site it to safe and sure.
10/28/2007 02:52:27 PM · #10
I bought an academic bundle with CS3 and Lightroom for $379 from these guys. I think PS by itself is $289. It is legal, but you have to prove you're a current student. I registered for a one credit hour class at the local community college, which cost $33. I sent my registration papers in as proof, then dropped the class and got $20 of the $33 back.

If someplace is offering a current version of PS for less than $600, and it isn't an academic version, it isn't legal. Adobe doesn't sell this stuff that cheap. Ever. If you get incredibly lucky, you *might* be able to find an older version on ebay that someone bought but never installed, but that's rare, too.

edit to add: I had an older version of PS that I bought from one of those places. It worked fine, until I had a computer crash. When I tried to reinstall it, I couldn't activate it. If I had a legal copy I could have just called Adobe, and wouldn't have needed to buy another copy.

Message edited by author 2007-10-28 14:57:03.
10/28/2007 03:00:28 PM · #11
One other thing to note is that an educational license usually means you cannot use it for your business (if you have one).
10/28/2007 03:05:00 PM · #12
Originally posted by rswank:

One other thing to note is that an educational license usually means you cannot use it for your business (if you have one).

Well, if you have a business, you can write most of the cost off on taxes over the "life" of the software. If you're just an amateur with an occasional print sale, the educational license should serve just fine.
10/28/2007 03:19:43 PM · #13
or you could just download the demo and run a key-generator program and whistle a tune all the way to your studio... lalalal
I mean what is this CS3 thing?? ...combat simulator 3000?

Too be honest I'd have to agree with routerguy666, sorry but that wasn't much help...
10/28/2007 03:24:49 PM · #14
//photoshop.softwarecenterz.com/ free 30 day download see if you like it before you buy it. I use Photoshop 6.0 on xp comp and 7.0 on vista I don't plan on upgrading I am happy with these. psart
10/28/2007 04:58:14 PM · #15
Be careful...this could be the installation CD that they send you...


10/28/2007 07:47:34 PM · #16
Thanks for all of your replies.

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