Luckless wrote in post #16821123
Do you know anyone who WAS
using a legit version of an Adobe product who is now using a pirated version of CC?
1) I don't know anyone [personally], other than myself (CS5), who was using a legit version before CC.
2) I know more people today [personally] who are using pirated copies than before CC was released.
I keep an eye on summaries of torrent traffic from a few sources as part of work, and Photoshop usually makes it onto the lists of major traffic. It has however in the last few months been dropping in numbers I've seen. I think it is fairly safe to say that the subscription model and vastly reduced upfront cost is really a hit with many people who would normally have not swallowed the full ticket price in the past.
However, CC isn't about reducing piracy by forcing people to use it. It is no harder to pirate than CS6 was. It does however fight it in the proper and logical way: Offering a better service and value than dodgy download sties can. Odds of getting a virus off Adobe? Exceptionally low (Not impossible, but rather improbable.) Odds of getting one off some random website with lots of flashy gifs and ads for other dodgy sites? Rather high.
That's something that many people fail to understand.
I work with a lot of technical people who are paid pretty well. Many of them are hobbiest photographers [Some who do it as a side business], and I've had CC discussions with most of them. I haven't found one yet who is willing to pay the monthly cost, including those who are advertised photographers.