Not according to Adobe.
The web is full of rumours about free CS2 - may or may not be false at this stage.
Dov Isaacs (Adobe employee):
"On behalf of Adobe Systems Incorporated ...
You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!
What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don't require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available. See <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1114930>."
Effective December 13, Adobe disabled the activation server for CS2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over 7 years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. But to ensure that any customers activating those old versions can continue to use their software, we issued a serial number directly to those customers. While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers.
A lot of people interpret it as free software and are going to use it. They are customers now.
"While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free"
Yes and it is otherwise difficult to interpret because you have no visible restrictions on your download page.
So I ask, why tell you not clearly this restriction on the download page.And how is it you who let any go to the download page and give a serial number, people who have not purchased these products ?
For the moment it's a bit as you allow to download these software and give serial numbers without any warning messages that people put into illegality without even having consciousness.This is not very professional this situation.
And now, how do you consider the thousands of people who have downloaded in good faith ?
What say you now has these people there ?
As pirates ? or You made a huge mistake and that they must stop using the software ?
Thank you for answering my questions please because there are thousands of people who have been misled due to your lack of clarity (professionalism) and must quickly have clear and specific answers about your position on this issue.
PS: Please excuse me for my bad English from a translation with google translator
Here is yet another misleading article about it being free. I left a terse message for the writer of the article. This is the heading and link:
Free! Download Adobe Creative Suite CS2, Photoshop, or other Adobe software at no cost
It's older software, but it won't cost you a cent to get these (normally expensive) creative applications
No they're not customers. They just think they are.
They are adobe users now and probably will be in the future. You don't have to like it, just carry on using your software.
You're right. Users of the PDF Reader and Flash Player are customers. Those who are using the hijacked version of CS2 are also customers. Adobe will be happy to hear that they have a few billion new customers. Personally I don't care. I don't make any money from Adobe or their new customers.