You guys should read some of your software agreements. You don't have any rights, they can revoke your usage of software at any time. I haven't read the adobe online stuff but it probably contains that same stuff. Many companies prefer the "subscription" model as it generates a consistent monthly income. Which is much more sustainable for a company to budget and provide feedback to the investors. I think Adobe was one of the first "PC companies" to start moving to that model years back, mimicking the large software companies who may have monthly or annual maintenance fees (SAP, etc). I don't like contracts myself. So I try to avoid them at all costs unless I read the agreement in detail. When I bought my house, they had to send me a copy of the agreement a few days before hand as I told them I was going to read every line before signing. And they didn't want a delay like that going through the signing process. I used to read all the contracts for an auto company too for the mgt reviews.