Yeah, its kind of a bummer. I hadn't thought of it as a 'ruse' on the part of Ableton, that would be a crappy tactic. I really hope these companies are not at each other so much that they would intentionally jerk around us users.
I think Live 9 is still in the process of getting smoothed out (naturally for any software) and that Ableton felt it was necessary to make the changes they did.
I asked Ableton Support about it and they told me NI would have to change the script on their end. So far, I don't see NI making any move to do so, at least not yet.