Re: Boycott Adobe?

From: Miriam English (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 09:04:11 MDT

At 08:30 PM 21/07/2001 -0400, Michael Wiik wrote:
>"Robert J. Bradbury" <> wrote:
> > Boycott ADOBE for assisting in the jailing of security
> > expert Dmitry Sklyarov:
> >
>A boycott, especially that of a software maker, seems a remarkably
>old-fashioned (dare I say 'Luddite?') response to such heavy-handed
>Why not hit 'em where it hurts? Distribute copies of their products
>freely far and wide!

Actually, I don't believe piracy is the nasty thing it is generally painted
to be. I know more than one person who has begun using a pirated product
and become so used to it that they have bought it later. It is similar to
the effect that Apple make use of when they donate computers to schools:
the kids learn on those systems, so when it comes time to buy their own
machines, Apple's are the only ones that feel "right". It is also the idea
behind try-before-you-buy software.

If Adobe software was made freely available I think it would paradoxically
end up increasing their legitimate user-base.

Best to spread word of Adobe's bad attitude. It dents their public image
and their bank account.


         - Miriam

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A. They are both purple... except for the elephant.
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