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Barry, i think the point here is that the software suite has no copy protection. So whilst google does know about you and your keys, and accordingly provides you with a download link, there is nothing to stop you sending the installer to all your friends for them to install on their computers, or to put up a torrent for the world to download.
I wonder at the thinking behind this. It might be that google are doing a little social experiment. There is (in my view) a persuasive argument that the majority of people who download illicit copies of photoshop and other software were never actually going to buy them in the first place, and so don't actually represent a lost sale. They download and use it because they can, and if they couldn't they would either go without or buy something cheaper. For sure, you can see support for the argument in the stats of people hauled up for music and movie copyright infringement - they all had an order of magnitude more content downloaded than they could ever have paid for legitimately. I am wondering if google is testing out this hypothesis - dropping the price and monitoring purchases vs downloads on what is a fairly specialised piece of software.