I, too, was sickened to read about Kathy at C.P.U. being harassed and threatened. I think Scoble gets it exactly right. This isn’t just about death threats — and it’s our fault for not speaking up more when this was happening in the Anshe Chung case.
Scum like this watched the Anshe Chung case carefully. And when the a-list acted out of their blind adoration of all things second-life, and ignored what amounted to cyber-rape, the scum saw that they could get away with it and have their reputations intact. When Anshe was forced to drop the DMCA case, the scum saw further that they could get away with it with no legal consequences. Is this what the clowns at EFF really wanted? Where is John Perry?
Truth is, the death threats may turn out to be a distraction (it’s not clear if the person making the threats was colluding with the people who think it’s funny to perform the equivalent of cyber-rape). But death threats are easier to prosecute.
Scoble is right. This can’t be just about the death threats, nor can it be just about the legal consequences. This kind of behavior needs to be brought to the light of day, with full transparency, and people need to own their behavior. After the other 3 guys are dragged out, I suggest we go back and make sure the idiots who perpetrated the Anshe Chung attack be dragged out into the daylight, too.