With the amount of digital piracy there is today, I think we all saw on the news the latest Star Wars had pirated DVD's selling all over on the day it opened in theaters, companies like Adobe want to protect their investment and sales by securing their products so illegal copies cannot be distributed.
However, why should the onus of security be put on the honest customer who has purchased the software requiring an inordinately tiresome software activation procedure to then use the software after purchase. With a very expensive product like Adobe's Creative Suite 2, it is not so troubling to go through their rather easy activation process if the computer it is installed on has a internet connection. But much less costly plugins which you have paid for and downloaded, that have to be individually activated, I just did two of them that took 3 hours all told to get activated, because my workstation is not connected to the internet - I don't want to subject my image work being hacked and stolen, it does happen!
So if these software companies are such programming geniuses, you would think they could secure their products so a copy sold to a paying customer will only install on his/her own machine and the software would not install on any other. And if a purchaser buys a new computer it would not be too troubling to request permission for a transfer supply the sytem info file for the old and the new machine to get a new serial number for the software.
I should think software companies besides wanting to protect themselves from piracy would also want to NOT burden their paying customers with a hassle of wasted time to do so. They should and can do better.
You can be sure the companies will hear from me that just because there are thieves out there is no excuse for punishing their paying customers.