Subject: Re: Merger
To: None <>
From: Richard Stallman <>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 09/03/1994 18:03:38
    Given that Spindler recently drastically reduced their benefits in order
    to "save the company" I would think they would find such expensive and
    wasteful litigation less than enchanting. I know I certainly DO!!

Apple employees may not see it that way.

A person who thinks that the success or survival of Apple is very
important, and who does not care much about the freedom of programmers
who don't work for Apple, may not consider a look and feel lawsuit
wasteful--not if Apple seems likely to win.  It may seem like a good
way to grab money for Apple.  He would be inclined to let the lawyers
and the upper management judge the chances of success.

You've seen how love of Apple leads even users to regard the
prosperity of Apple as more important than preventing legally imposed
monopolies on writing software.  For people who get paid by Apple,
the psychological pressure is even greater.

This is why I don't plan to put any effort into trying to persuade
Apple employees to do anything about this.  I expect that effort to
be wasted.

But if some of you think otherwise, I don't want to dissuade you.  How
about if you make an effort to convince some people at Apple.  If you
can demonstrate some success, that will start to change my mind about
the chances of success this way.