Adobe Creative Cloud vs. Lease License

Adobe Creative Cloud uses a Subscription license. Basically, you can use Creative Cloud for as long as you continue to pay for it. You can pay either a month at a time or a year at a time. There is some ambiguity over whether the Creative Cloud license is a Subscription based on Node Lock or based on Named User Licensing. Although you use an Adobe ID to activate the software, and you can use it on more than one computer under a single entitlement, you can in fact only use it on two computers. Seems slightly closer to a Node Lock license (with secondary use rights). So what does this have to do with a Lease License? From the FAQ for Creative Cloud :

An Internet connection is required the first time you install and license your desktop apps, but you can use the apps in offline mode with a valid software license. The desktop apps will attempt to validate your software licenses every 30 days.
For annual members, you can use the apps for up to 99 days in offline mode. Month-to-month members can use the software for up to 30 days in offline mode.

This describes the activation technology built in to Creative Cloud. The details for an annual member are a bit surprising – even though you’ve paid for a full year, the software could deactivate after 99 days if you never have internet access. The way the activation technology works is actually very similar to a Lease License with a 99 day duration. As you use the Creative Cloud apps, whenever you are online, they could be contacting Adobe servers and extending their lease expiration to 99 days from the current time. When you fail to be able to reach Adobe servers, that 99 day lease starts to run out, and if you reach the end, the product is deactivated. Note one difference – if you never use the Adobe software, that license is still allocated to your computer and can’t be moved and reused elsewhere. Since Adobe already handles activation and deactivation internally, there would be no particular benefit to configuring a Lease License in K2. Still, it is interesting to take note of the similarities.

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