Incredibly, Adobe clumsily decided to give away free copies of its Creative Suite 2 (CS2) package, posting up links that let users download a copy of older products like Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2 and Premiere 2.0.
But then once word got out, they tried to cover up their own cock up by getting heavy on every site that had reported what had happened.
So why did Adobe suddenly get so generous? Well, according to Gizmodo, they simply got fed up keeping the activation servers running to support legitimate installations of the old CS2 package, so decided to offer the whole thing up for free. But then they changed their mind and released the lawyers on every site that relayed the news. Including us. .
UPDATE 27th Oct 2015:
A whole two years after their blundering cock up led people to believe they were free to download old copies of their software, Adobe sent us a threatening legal letter demanding that this site be closed down, nuked from orbit, crushed into atoms etc unless we instantly removed all the links.
You know, the links that they provided themselves. The idiots.
Anyway, they’re long gone from here but we don’t think you’ll have much trouble finding them elsewhere due to Adobe’s own stupidity.