How many of those do you think would have bought Photoshop if there would not have been an illegal version available?
The vast majority of pirated copies would not constitute a lost sale. Lost sales is a phony argument. The CC as implemented by Adobe, is only aiming at locking in their paying customers, and allow price increases that seem modest on a monthly basis (but they do add up over the years).
Sure, there are some other benefits for Adobe, and some large customers, as well.
Hi Bart, the biggest majority to be honest - I've seen a lot of people over the years all with a heck of a lot more money in the bank than yours truly and they were either running cracks or dodgy S&T.
In the last 3 or 4 years I've done a lot of home visits to teach folk on their own system, and one of the first things I do is go and check their "hosts" file - cracks are easy to spot when you do that.
Funnily enough though, those running dodgy S&T were always happy to tell me!
Anyway, I started this thread because I needed a couple of answers, and now I've got them so happy days.
I just hope Adobe don't start taking the p**s with the subscription rates.