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Adobe Adopts Activation

In a move to stem the illegal distribution of its software, Adobe Systems Inc. has begun testing online activation of its Photoshop 7.0 application in Australia. If the pilot is successful, and so far it is, the developer plans to begin using software activation in the United States later this year or early next, beginning with Photoshop and expanding to other apps. Drew McManus, director of Adobe's anti-piracy efforts, says activation will require customers who buy shrink-wrapped software--mainly consumers and small businesses--to provide a serial number that's checked against its database, a process that takes 20 seconds or less.

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