[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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