Re: Boycott Adobe?

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 23:27:13 MDT

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
> tactics.
> Why not hit 'em where it hurts? Distribute copies of their products
> freely far and wide!

Well, you could put it on an FTP site or somesuch, but their major
customers (as measured by $ to Adobe) - corporate users who can be
tracked and sued (and some of whom have been raided by the LEAs on
request from private copyright enforcement groups) - have way too much
to lose to knowingly pirate from large companies.

Given this, how else can you cut off corporate purchases of [insert
corporation you disagree with]'s software? Do that, and you hurt 'em,
but simple piracy as it is commonly practiced can't do that much
damage. Frankly, even a boycott could potentially hurt more, since
that really does cause some of these customers not to buy - i.e., it'd
be more effective, despite its being the older technique. (The new
does not always trump the old...)

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