It’s a myth that illegal downloads of Photoshop is an effective way of making money.
Some people argue it isn’t in their best interest as there are more opportunities available, like paid software or an online store where you can purchase digital goods on demand and make large profits.
But when it comes to Photoshop there are plenty of legal ways to make money.
It’s a free service which has hundreds of millions of users worldwide, so a substantial user pool makes that possible.
If you download it you don’t even have to be technically savvy, or have a computer at all. It takes just a couple of minutes.
There is no requirement that you use the free version and you don’t need to own any graphics to use the service – all the necessary software is included.
There are plenty of tutorials on the internet if you have a basic knowledge of Photoshop – just Google it before you download.
So if anyone was to argue that free Photoshop is illegal then why would they be arguing that free Photoshop is not legal?
It depends on what you mean by “illegal”.
If you mean that you need to register for an account in order to download Photoshop – then the answer is probably no.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The free versions of Image Editing Software allow you to edit photos – but don’t allow you to change the colours or add effects
That would be a breach of copyright, and is against the law.
Some people argue that free Photoshop is illegal because it facilitates copyright infringement.
Again, this can be argued both ways – and if it’s not, then we don’t see anything wrong with it.
But while it isn’t an act of copyright infringement that a file is downloaded via the internet then it also isn’t an illegal act. It is not illegal to download a file because you are free to download it.
I don’t think it’s illegal to download a file if the files is yours and is freely accessible.
Even if any one of the people downloading the file is someone who is not making any money from it, then it wouldn’t be enough evidence that it is illegal.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption As of January this year one in 10 of the world’s population owned a computer
You still need to prove you obtained or acquired it legally in some way.
It could be that you used a proxy server or downloaded it from another website, but legally that would