Mar 06, 2018 - 11:00 PM
Not quite a thing of the past but I have heard they do 'SAM/Compliance Engagements'. However, if you are a heavy Creative Cloud user, then they'll stay well away.
You can understand Autodesk though - not all of their customers are on their SaaS, Networked or Token based models. Some customers still pay through the nose for the perpetual licenses (even these licenses need assigning in an Autodesk Portal though). This is stopping in May 2018 though I believe, so they'll HAVE to move to SaaS.
Mar 06, 2018 - 11:15 PM
There are still active programs in developing countries; we have direct experience of audits being run from India through big 4 firms. Unlike when there was an active program of audits in US/ EU, it is now much harder to stop these by insisting that all audits should be done through head office locations, although there are other ways to manage them. These audits are forensic in nature, and are aimed at identifying both non-compliance and pirated software, with in-depth filedata and license key collection. Happy to discuss strategies further if anyone has issues here, gt in touch!
They are also still BSA members, so I assume these activities targeted at the smaller end of the market are still ongoing.
Mar 07, 2018 - 01:07 AM
I think the issue is that software piracy is so prevalent in India that there are very easy pickings available. Certainly have experience of other vendors targeting Indian subsidiaries of global organisations.
Mar 07, 2018 - 02:08 AM
Subscription based licensing does not mean cloud or SaaS, it just means you rent the licence rather than own it
Mar 07, 2018 - 02:55 AM
Creative Cloud for Teams offers named-user license subscription that allow 2 computers logging into one usename and a third just won't work.
Then a device based license that adds one to the count of used licenses when you install the package.
If you go past the number you get a 2 month trial license which stops working thereafter.
You manage and deploy through the Adobe Admin Console, so Adobe knows what you are doing anyway.
Academic institutions in UK can still buy perpetual Acrobat Pro license under Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) (via Eduserv). This is an area where the old license codes could be audited.
Then there's the Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA). I don't know how this is controlled.
Mar 08, 2018 - 04:08 AM