* 2014 English speech 10-45min video subtitles
Introduction to Free Software and the Liberation of Cyberspace (Geneva)

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* 2013 English speech <10min video
What is GNU+Linux?

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* 2010 English speech <10min video
Free Software and the Four Freedoms

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

An address by Richard Stallman to Software Freedom Day events.


* 2009 Spanish speech 10-45min video
Software libre en la educación

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


* 2009 Spanish speech 10-45min video
Software libre: aspectos éticos, sociales y prácticos

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


* 2009 English speech 10-45min video
Free Software: Ethical, Social and Practical Aspects

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


* 2008 Spanish speech <10min video transcript subtitles
La educación y el conocimiento libres

Copyright © 2008 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

In this six-min video Richard Stallman explains briefly and to the point the principles of Free Software and how they connect to education.


2022 English speech >45min video
Libre Software (New York)

Copyright © 2022 Richard Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2022 English speech >45min audio
The State of the Free Software Movement

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, RMS gave his talk over audio only.


2022 English speech >45min video
Intro to Free Software and Online Dis-Services

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

TEDx video followed by Stallman's speech.

Stallman covered many topics about free software that were not included in the TEDx talk, but forgot that it didn't cover copyleft, so he did not speak about that. To learn about copyleft, the license technique he developed in 1985, see What is Copyleft?


2021 Spanish speech >45min video
Software libre, tu libertad, y tu ciberseguridad

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

During the talk there were a few connection problems which were eventually fixed. The published recording is complete and contains all of the actual speech that got through.


2021 English speech >45min video
Free Software and the GNU General Public License

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2021 English speech >45min video
Free software, distribution of information and methods

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2021 English interview >45min video
Monday's Live #80 – A conversation with Richard Stallman

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2021 English speech >45min video
Free Software: The Foundation of Freedom in Your Computing

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

TEDx video followed by Q&A session.


2021 Spanish interview >45min video
Flisol 2021: Conexión con Richard Stallman

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2021 Spanish round table >45min video
Mesa redonda: Geoestrategias de big-data, control de la libertad, software libre y educación

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2021 Spanish speech >45min video
El software libre, la libertad y la educación

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2021 Spanish round table >45min video
Mesa redonda: Richard Stallman con miembros de la Asociación GNU/Linux Valencia

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2021 Spanish speech >45min video
La era de la digitalización en las aulas (València)

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2021 English interview >45min video
On Cash and Monero

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

TEDx video followed by the interview.


2021 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2020 English speech >45min video
Why Operating Systems and Other Software Should Be Free (Waterloo, Canada)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2019 English speech >45min video
Are We Facing Surveillance Like in China? (Frankfurt)

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2019 English speech >45min video
Free software: Ethics and freedom in a digital age (Zurich)

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2019 English speech >45min video
Copyright, Freedom, and Privacy (Copenhagen)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2019 French speech >45min video
Le logiciel libre face à l'informatique (Rennes)

License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 4.0 internationale (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2019 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Bozeman, MT)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2018 English interview >45min video
Computing, Freedom and Privacy (Pato Branco, Brazil)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2017 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Timisoara)

Copyright © 2017 Valentin Stangaciu, Department of Computer and Information Technology http://www.cs.upt.ro
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2017 English speech >45min video
Free Software: Freedom, Privacy, Sovereignty (Boston)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2017 Spanish speech >45min audio
El software libre y tu libertad (Festram, Santa Fe, Argentina)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2017 Spanish speech >45min audio
El software libre y tu libertad (Legislatura, Santa Fe, Argentina)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2017 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Belo Horizonte)

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2017 English speech >45min video
Free Software, Your Freedom, Your Privacy (Cologne)

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2017 French speech >45min video
Le logiciel libre, la conception libre du matériel (Rennes)

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2017 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Grand Rapids)

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2017 English speech >45min video
Computing, Freedom, and Privacy (Kalamazoo)

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2016 Spanish speech >45min video
El software libre en la ética y en la práctica (Salamanca)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2016 French speech >45min video
Un autre monde numérique est nécessaire : avec le logiciel libre, il devient possible ! (Montréal)

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2016 Spanish speech >45min video
Software Libre en los gobiernos (Alicante)

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2016 Spanish speech >45min video
Software Libre en los gobiernos (València)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2016 French speech >45min video transcript
Pour une société numérique libre (Choisy-le-Roi)

License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2016 French speech >45min audio
Le logiciel libre et les libertés numériques (Nantes)

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2016 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Athens, Greece)

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2016 French speech >45min audio
Logiciel libre et liberté numérique (Québec)

License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 4.0 internationale (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2016 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Zürich)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2016 English speech >45min video
Free/Libre/Vrije Software: The Goal and the Path (Brussels)

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2015 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Seattle)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0)


2015 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Kent, OH)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2015 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Karlsruhe)

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2015 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Frankfurt)

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2015 English speech >45min video audio
What is Free Software? (Chania, Greece)

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2015 French speech >45min video
Logiciels libres et l'éducation (Brest)

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2015 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Urbana)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2014 English speech >45min video audio
Freedom in Your Computer and in the Net (Hamburg)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Deutschland (CC BY 3.0 DE)


2014 Spanish speech >45min video
Por una sociedad digital libre (Madrid)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2014 French speech >45min audio
Internet, le logiciel libre et l'entreprise, libertés sans frontière (Paris)

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2014 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Portland)

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2014 English speech >45min video
Libre Software, Libre Education (New York)

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2014 English speech >45min video
Should We Have More Surveillance Than the USSR? (Athens, GA)

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2014 French speech >45min video
Le logiciel libre et ta liberté (Montpellier)

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2014 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Nantou, Taiwan)

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2014 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Taipei, Taiwan)

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2014 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Hsinchu, Taiwan)

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2014 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Milan)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2014 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (New York)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2014 English speech >45min video
Happy Hacking Day 2014 (Helsinki)

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2014 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Helsinki)

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2013 English speech >45min audio
A Free Digital Society (Lincoln, UK)

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2013 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Dublin)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2013 English interview <10min video
John Sullivan interviewed at the Open World Forum (Montrouge, France)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0)


2013 English speech >45min video
GNU 30-year anniversary celebration – Richard Stallman (Cambridge, MA)

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2013 English speech >45min video
GNU 30-year anniversary celebration – John Sullivan (Cambridge, MA)

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This speech features a presentation of some hackaton projects.


2013 French speech >45min video audio
Trentième anniversaire du projet GNU (Saint-Denis)

License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2013 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Sophia-Antipolis, France)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2013 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (New York)

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2013 English speech <10min video transcript
Richard Stallman inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame – his short acceptance speech (Berlin)

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The Internet Hall of Fame celebrates Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders from around the world who believed in the design and potential of an open Internet and, through their work, helped change the way we live and work today.


2013 French speech >45min video
Le développement d'Internet et les libertés (Bruxelles)

License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2013 Spanish speech >45min video audio
El movimiento del software libre (Ciudad Madero, Mexico)

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2013 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Warsaw)

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2013 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Nottingham)

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2013 English interview >45min video subtitles
TV Interview at Nasul TV Romania

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2013 English speech >45min video
The Free Software Movement (Dublin)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2013 Spanish speech >45min video
Por una sociedad digital libre (València)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2013 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Ann Arbor)

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The video is cut at 1h 27min 21s; we don't know how much is missing.


2012 English speech >45min video
The Free Software Movement (Curitiba)

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2012 English speech 10-45min video transcript
Solutions to the Software Patent Problem (Santa Clara)

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2012 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Reykjavik)

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2012 English speech 10-45min video subtitles
Welcome to Software Freedom Day (for Iran event)

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2012 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Munich)

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2012 English speech >45min video
RMS speech at the GNU Cauldron 2012 (Prague)

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2012 French speech >45min video
Logiciel libre et éducation (Marly-le-Roi)

License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2012 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (London)

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2012 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Ljubljana)

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2012 English interview 10-45min video
The Free Software Movement (Singapore)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

Subjects of the interview
  • Inception of the free software movement
  • Evolution of principles of free software movement
  • Clarification on free software
  • Suggestion to start Wikipedia in '99
  • Wikipedia 10 years from now
  • About not carrying mobile phones
  • Advice to the future software developers.

2012 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Lisbon)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)


2011 English speech >45min video transcript
What Makes Digital Inclusion Good or Bad? (Paris)

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Activities directed at “including” more people in the use of digital technology are predicated on the assumption that such inclusion is invariably a good thing. It appears so, when judged solely by immediate practical convenience. However, if we also judge in terms of human rights, whether digital inclusion is good or bad depends on what kind of digital world we are to be included in. If we wish to work towards digital inclusion as a goal, it behooves us to make sure it is the good kind.


2011 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Philadelphia)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0) or later version


2011 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Palo Alto)

Copyright © 2011 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2011 English speech >45min video
Free Software and Your Freedom (Portland)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

The video files are broken into segments, and are offered in both Ogg Theora and WebM in both 480p and 720p versions.


2011 Spanish speech >45min video
El software libre y tu liberdad (Ciudad Real, Spain)

License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2011 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (London)

Copyright © 2011 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2011 English speech >45min audio
Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Sheffield)

Copyright © 2011 Richard Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2011 English speech >45min video
A Free Digital Society (Preston, UK)

Copyright © 2011 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2011 French speech >45min video audio
Qu'est-ce que c'est le logiciel libre ? (Lille)

Copyright © 2011 Richard Stallman et Chtinux
License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2011 French interview >45min video audio
Richard Stallman à l'Écho des gnous (Lille)

Copyright © 2011 Richard Stallman et Chtinux
License:  L'interview et les paroles de la chanson sont sous Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0); l'arrangement musical est sous Creative Commons attribution, partage dans les mêmes conditions, 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0).


2011 English speech >45min video
The Danger of Software Patents (Brussels)

Copyright © 2011 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2011 English speech <10min video audio
Introduction to Free Software (Delft)

Copyright © 2011 Richard Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2011 English speech <10min video subtitles
Free Software

Copyright © 2011 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2010 French speech >45min video
Le logiciel libre (Limoges)

Copyright © 2010 Richard M. Stallman
License:  La reproduction et la distribution à l'identique de cet enregistrement sont permises pourvu que le présent avis soit conservé.


2010 English speech >45min audio
Free Software in Ethics and in Practice (Gaithersburg, MD)

Copyright © 2010 Richard Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2010 English speech >45min video
Digital Free Society (Pristina)

Copyright © 2010 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2010 English speech >45min video audio
Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Evansdale, WV)

Copyright © 2010 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2010 English speech >45min audio
Copyright vs Public (Bern)

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2010 Malayalam movie <10min video subtitles
Freedom in Practice at the Irimpanam School

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2009 Spanish speech >45min video audio
La libertad con software libre (Culhuacán)

Copyright © 2009 Richard M. Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2009 English speech >45min audio
Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (New York)

Copyright © 2009 Richard Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2009 English speech >45min audio
A Free Digital Society (Christchurch)

Copyright © 2009 Richard Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)

To make a digital society worthy of being included in, we must overcome six menaces to freedom: surveillance, censorship, restricted data formats, proprietary software, software as a service, and the war on sharing.

--Richard Stallman


2009 English speech >45min audio transcript
Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Christchurch)

Copyright © 2009 Richard Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2009 English speech >45min audio transcript
The Danger of Software Patents (Wellington)

Copyright © 2009 Richard Stallman
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2009 English interview >45min audio
Richard Stallman was a guest on Pcradioshow2.org (2)

Copyright © 2009 Richard Stallman and PCRadio
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

Our guest was Richard Stallman, the man behind GNU and the Free Software Foundation. He condems the Amazon Kindle (his term for it is the “swindle”) because it takes away freedoms that readers of hardcopy books enjoy. Freedoms such as the ability to lend a book to a friend, to borrow one from a library, to buy one anonymously by paying cash, to keep a book as long as we like and to give it away. The Amazon Kindle implements DRM—digital rights management [sic]—to restrict your use of books. He is not against eBook readers per se, just the DRM, which in addition to the above also requires you to run proprietary software to read eBooks. He urged listeners to go to Defectivebydesign.org and sign up to participate in his protests.

--PCRadio


2009 French interview 10-45min audio
Richard Stallman invité au magazine Microméga, sur RFI (Marseille)

License:  La reproduction et la distribution à l'identique de cet enregistrement sont permises pourvu que le présent avis soit conservé.


2009 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Philadelphia)

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2009 French speech >45min video
Droit d'auteur et libertés numériques, comment ce dernier doit être assoupli (Nanterre)

License:  Creative Commons attribution, pas de modification, 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2009 English speech >45min audio
Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Edmonton)

Copyright © 2009 Richard Stallman
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 United States License (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2009 English speech >45min video audio
Copyright versus Community in the Age of Computer Networks (Calgary)

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Copyright developed in the age of the printing press, and was designed to fit with the system of centralized copying imposed by the printing press. But the copyright system does not fit well with computer networks, and only draconian punishments can enforce it. The global corporations that profit from copyright are lobbying for draconian punishments, and to increase their copyright powers, while suppressing public access to technology. But if we seriously hope to serve the only legitimate purpose of copyright—to promote progress, for the benefit of the public—then we must make changes in the other direction.


2009 English speech >45min video
Free Software Movement (New York)

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2008 English speech >45min video
The Role of Free Knowledge and Free Software in Education and Research (Bengaluru)

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2008 Spanish speech >45min video
El software libre en la ética y en la práctica (Buenos Aires)

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2008 English speech <10min video
Introduction to the Free Software Movement

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2008 English extra 10-45min video
Pizza party for the FSF and their friends (San Francisco)

Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2008 English speech >45min video
Free Software in Ethics and in Practice (Manchester)

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2008 Spanish interview <10min video
Entrevista Stallman en Canal 2 Andalucía, en el programa Tesis

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2008 English speech >45min video
Free Software in Ethics and in Practice (Richmond, VA)

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2008 English movie <10min video subtitles
How GIMP Changed Mani's Life

Copyright © 2008 Abhigyan Singh (?)
Copyright © 2008 Ambedkar Community Computer Center AC3 (?)
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 3.0 United States (CC BY-ND 3.0)


2007 English interview >45min audio
Richard Stallman was a guest on Pcradioshow2.org (1)

Copyright © 2007 Richard Stallman and PCRadio
License:  Verbatim copying and distribution of the entire speech recording are permitted provided this notice is preserved.


2007 English speech >45min video
Copyright vs Community (Mississauga)

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2007 French speech >45min video transcript
Logiciel libre : les droits de l'homme de l'utilisateur (Paris)

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2007 English speech >45min video
The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (San Diego)

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Corrupted Ogg, but can be played with VLC.


2007 English speech 10-45min video subtitles
Introduction to the Ideas of Free Software

Copyright © 2007 Richard Stallman
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2005 English speech >45min video
The Free Software Movement and the Development of the GNU Operating System

Copyright © 2005 Richard Stallman
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2005 English speech 10-45min video subtitles
Software for Development: Is Free/Open Source Software the Answer? (Tunis)

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Program of the WSIS
  • Richard Stallman, Founder, Free Software Foundation (Keynote, 15-20min)
  • Bruce Perens, Vice President, Sourcelabs, Inc. (Keynote, 15-20min)
  • Louis Dominique Ouedraogo, Inspector, UN Joint Inspection Unit (Panelist, 5-7min)
  • Mark Shuttleworth, President, Ubuntu Foundation (Panelist, 5-7min)
  • Shane Wall, General Manager, Channel Software Operation, Intel Corporation (Panelist, 5-7min)
  • Robert Kramer, Vice President of Public Policy, CompTIA (Panelist, 5-7min)
  • Kenneth Cukier, Technology Correspondent, The Economist (Moderator)

2005 English speech 10-45min video
Free Software and Education (Taipei City, Taiwan)

Copyright © 2005 Richard Stallman
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2005 English speech >45min video audio
What is Free Software? (Hsinchu City, Taiwan)

Copyright © 2005 Richard Stallman
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2005 Spanish speech >45min video audio
Las libertades del software libre (recorded for ARCIS)

Copyright © 2005 Richard Stallman
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2005 English speech >45min video audio
The Danger of Software Patents (Calgary)

Copyright © 2005 University of Calgary Unix Users' Group and Richard Stallman
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2004 Spanish interview 10-45min audio
La libertad de actuar con solidaridad social (interview Bogota)

Copyright © 2004 Richard Stallman
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2004 English speech >45min audio transcript
The Dangers of Software Patents (Sydney)

Copyright © 2004 Richard Stallman (speech)
Copyright © 2004 John Jacobs (recording)
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2004 English interview 10-45min audio transcript
Free Software, Free Society! (interview Edinburgh)

Copyright © 2004 Richard Stallman, anarchobabe (IMC Scotland)
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2004 Spanish speech >45min video audio
Historia del software libre y las patentes de software (Girona)

Copyright © 2004 Richard Stallman and University of Girona
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2004 English speech >45min audio
Software Freedom and the GNU Generation (Urbana)

Copyright © 2004 Free Software Society
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BMK's speech starts with a few seconds of background noise. (Possibly the projection screen motor).

In this speech, Brad Kuhn, executive director of the Free Software Foundation, talks about his beginnings in the free software movement, and gives concrete examples from his experience as being a proprietary software developer as to why free software is a far better way to make and sell software. It should be considered a excellent introduction to free software. In the question and answer segment, Mr. Kuhn discusses with the audience far ranging topics that effect the future of the industry, such as the SCO v. IBM lawsuit, file formats, and the DMCA.

This speech was presented by the Free Software Society, a student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign dedicated to the promotion of free software.


2003 English speech 10-45min video audio
What Should it Mean to Promote Free Software? (recorded for Curitiba event)

Copyright © 2003 Richard Stallman
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This is a speech that I recorded so it could be played at a free software event in Curitiba, Brazil (the state of Parana), in November, 2003. A few points in the speech will not be clear without some background.

The event was actually a corporate trade show, but its title gave the impression of being more of an activist event. The organizers recruited a free software activist to run the speeches track, and he convinced me to attend. Between the title and the fact that my friend was the one asking me, and the fact that the state government of Parana was sponsoring the event, I assumed it was bona-fide free software activism. I agreed to go.

A scandal broke in Brazil when it became known that the event had accepted Microsoft as a major sponsor. My friend tried to defend this as “spending the enemy's money”; he didn't realize that Microsoft knows what it is doing when it buys its way into such events. Then he told me, “Besides, the other major sponsor was Oracle.”

Most of our community is not sufficiently politically aware to recognize that Oracle's sponsorship ought to be just as scandalous as Microsoft's. Regardless of who the owner is, nonfree software tramples your freedom.

I was not sure whether to attend the conference or boycott it. Ultimately I was unable to go to Brazil because of my broken arm. I decided that any harm my participation might do was already done through the use of my name, and that it was better for me to give a speech about what had gone wrong than not to do so.

In this speech, I sought to educate rather than attack the free software activists who participated in the event, as well as the state government of Parana, which I hope will continue promoting free software in the future, but next time will get better guidance in how to do so.

--Richard Stallman


2003 English speech >45min audio
The Dangers of Software Patents (London)

Copyright © 2003 Richard Stallman
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2002 English speech >45min audio
Software Patents – Dangers to Development (London)

Copyright © 2002 Richard Stallman, Nicholas Hill
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2002 English speech >45min audio
Software Freedom and the GNU Generation (New York)

Copyright © 2002 Bradley M. Kuhn
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2002 English speech >45min audio transcript
Software Patents – Obstacles to software development (Cambridge, UK)

Copyright © 2002 Richard Stallman
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2002 English speech >45min audio
Copyright vs Community in the Age of Computer Networks (London)

Copyright © 2002 Richard Stallman
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2002 French speech >45min audio transcript
L'éthique du système GNU/Linux et de la communauté des logiciels libres, les tâches à accomplir et les risques à envisager (Paris)

Copyright © 2002 Richard Stallman
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2002 French interview 10-45min audio
Entretien avec Richard Stallman (Paris)

Copyright © 2002 Richard M. Stallman
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2001 French interview 10-45min audio
Richard Stallman répond aux questions du public (Paris)

Copyright © 2001 Richard Stallman
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Cette archive contient 29 fichiers 0gg/Vorbis couvrant la totalité des réponses aux questions rassemblées par Marianne Ciaudo, Antonin Billet, Pierre Fontaine et Christophe Guillemin:

  1. Le pourquoi et l'historique de l'appellation Gnu/Linux
  2. Linus Torvalds et le travail de la FSF – Ogg Vorbis
  3. La philosophie de la FSF
  4. Le fonctionnement de l'open source
  5. Le problème SourceForge
  6. La licence GPL n'est pas la seule licence libre
  7. IBM et Eclipse : un projet libre
  8. « Le logiciel propriétaire est immoral »
  9. Le propriétaire, une option pas forcément meilleure mais plus évidente
  10. « Beaucoup d'utilisateurs ne recherchent pas la liberté »
  11. Les enjeux du libre
  12. Il ne faut pas laisser le choix du libre aux développeurs
  13. « Imposer votre préférence n'est pas la liberté, c'est le pouvoir »
  14. La question de fond du débat selon RMS
  15. RMS n'est pas contre la propriété en général
  16. « C'est erreur de parler en termes de propriété intellectuelle »
  17. Protection des droits : un abus de langage ?
  18. La copie n'endommage pas le programme
  19. La conception de la création selon RMS
  20. RMS s'emporte un peu contre un journaliste
  21. RMS et ses projets ?
  22. Quel choix : Vi ou Emacs ?
  23. L'arrivée de RMS chez Debian
  24. RMS manque de diplomatie ?
  25. Les passe-temps de RMS
  26. RMS et la musique
  27. RMS, cordon bleu ?
  28. Le regard de RMS sur la France et le libre
  29. À quand une ambassade de la FSF en France ?

2001 English speech >45min audio transcript
The Danger of Software Patents (Thrikkakara, Kerala)

Copyright © 2001 Richard Stallman
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2001 English speech >45min audio transcript
Free Software: Freedom and Cooperation (New York)

Copyright © 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
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2001 English speech >45min audio transcript
Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer Networks (Cambridge, MA)

Copyright © 2001 Richard Stallman
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2001 English speech >45min audio
The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (Cambridge, MA)

Copyright © 2001 Richard Stallman
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2000 English speech >45min audio
The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (Ljubljana)

Copyright © 2000 Richard Stallman
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2000 English speech >45min audio
The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (Stuttgart)

Copyright © 2000 Richard Stallman
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The recording is blank after 1h 57min.


2000 English speech >45min audio
The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System (Cincinnati)

Copyright © 2000 Richard Stallman
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1999 English historical <10min video
Richard Stallman calls for the creation of a Free Universal Encyclopedia and Learning Resource (New Orleans)

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1984 English historical <10min video
Richard Stallman at the First Hackers Conference, 1984

Copyright © 1984 Richard Stallman (speech)
Copyright © 1985 Fabrice Florin (original video)
Copyright © 2022 Free Software Foundation, Inc. (this video)
License:  Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

It was at this conference that Richard Stallman first publicly and explicitly stated the idea that all software should be free, and the ethical principles that set the foundations of the free software movement.

The scenes were extracted by the GNU Webmasters Team from the documentary Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age, with permission from Fabrice Florin, in May 2022.