[free-sklyarov] Re: Continuing the fight

Richard Stallman rms at gnu.org
Sun Dec 16 21:49:11 PST 2001

I did not know that this was a plea bargain--I heard that charges had
been dropped.  That puts it in a very different light: he has done
harm to others that far exceeds the harm he has avoided for himself.
I won't claim I would have done better, since I have never been in
that situation--but the question of how strong I am is beside the
point.  Sklyarov had a duty to resist, and he failed in his duty.

It appears that another consequence is that he will be unable to help
our movement by speaking.  In effect, he has defected.

At this point, the only thing left for us to do is to push hard to
punish Adobe--so hard that anyone will think twice before daring to do
this again.  Sklyarov is no longer a cause celebre, but we can make
Adobe a cause celebre if we work at it.

So who is for a loud boycott and picketing of Adobe?  Will the EFF
spearhead it?  The EFF has concentrated on action in court, and that
approach was worth trying--but it has been almost exhausted, and has
failed.  I hope they will not shrink from joining a different kind of
action now.

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