[free-sklyarov] Re: Continuing the fight
Matthew T. Russotto
mrussotto at speakeasy.net
Mon Dec 17 06:10:00 PST 2001
On Monday, December 17, 2001, at 12:49 AM, Richard Stallman wrote:
> 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.
Easy to say when you're not the one facing 25 years in prison in a
foreign land. If you feel that strongly, why don't you make yourself a
test case? However, it does not appear this was a plea bargain. He did
not plead guilty to anything, he merely admitted to certain facts which
are not in dispute.
> 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.
Since Adobe hasn't done anything new since dropping their support for
their complaint, it would be a violation of good faith to take new
action against them, IMO.
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