Counterfeiting and modification of Adobe products can easily be identified. Consult the following examples based on the version of the product you own.
Counterfeiters illegally duplicate and sell copyrighted materials to unsuspecting customers who believe they're purchasing genuine software. It's difficult to identify counterfeit software because it often comes with sophisticated packaging, manuals, and even registration cards. Customers often first learn they've bought counterfeit software when they attempt to register it and can't, or it may work improperly or not at all.
You can stay protected from potential bugs, system crashes, and viruses that may be embedded within pirated software by understanding how such software gets into the market and onto computers. Pirates offer illegal software for download over the Internet in a number of ways. The only safe way to purchase Adobe Genuine Software for download, however, is through the Adobe Store.
The label on an authentic Adobe CD/DVD is never a sticker.
Educational licenses have a caption "Teacher and Student Edition" on the CD/DVD.
If there are any stickers or labels on the product CD/DVD it is an illegally modified product.
Compare the authentic and counterfeit Adobe box side panel.
Illegally modified products have a fake sticker here covering the caption "Teacher and Student Edition." The printing is of poor quality and the edges are not cut correctly.
Authentic Adobe products have a label with a hologram.
Counterfeit products may be missing the label, the hologram may be non-reflective or have a caption "Adobe Genuine" printed in gold or silver.