Answer by John Burnett: No. The Acrobat Reader is freeware. You are better off having the client download the software directly from Adobe, however.
Answer by Andy Zavoina: Responsible to disclose, no. But certainly it is a preferred practice to link to Adobe where the freeware may be downloaded. A disclaimer is handy here so that the user knows it isn't your program and that they are leaving your site. If they later claim they got a virus or had PC problems because of that, you would be better off with a disclaimer and an alternative. "Call or e-mail us at XXX and we'll send you an application...".
First published on BankersOnline.com 11/3/03