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Adobe may not own the server but it's their products that the server is providing, as far as I can see.
Akamai just hosts copies of Adobe's downloadable content, as they do in Europe for McAfee. It spreads the load. And Akamai are extremely reputable, one of the most trustworthy organisations you will find.
Whoever you spoke to at Adobe would have been technically correct in stating that Adobe does not own the site, but was clearly ignorant of how a major software business provides its software to a global market.
/* Copyright (c) 2010 Adobe Systems Incorporated. * All rights reserved. * Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining * a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), * to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation * the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, * and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the * Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: * The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in * all copies or substantial portions of the Software. * THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR * IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, * FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE * AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER * LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, * OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE * SOFTWARE. */
Not 100% proof, but pretty convincing.
Still not 100% comfortable, but you're right about hosting and English plain text. And the file example I posted does indeed have the copyright notice, but in the middle of the file. I've always seen these at the top.
Other files, like http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/ubi/template/identity/lib/swfobject.add on.js and http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/lib/com.adobe/urlParser.js, do not contain notices.
Still hoping to get a "final answer".