Free Software in Ethics and Society – Richard Stallman – Manchester 1st May

As mentioned previously, Richard Stallman was in Manchester last Thursday to give a presentation. Manchester Free Software organised the event in association with the BCS and the IET.

The talk was a resounding success with many “enlightening” points made and insightful questions asked. Over 300 people attended, filling the lecture theatre, causing latecomers to sit in the aisles.


For those who could not attend, or wish to watch the presentation again, Andrew John Hughes videoed the event.

Each movie is provided as a Theora video stream together with a Vorbis audio stream using the Ogg container format. Three versions are provided, suitable for different downloading capabilities: Full size (704×576), half size (352×288), and quarter size (176×144). The audio stream is also provided as a separate download using Speex, which may be preferable if you are not bothered about seeing the visual content. Further details of these formats are available on the website. A DVD copy is available on request from Andrew John Hughes.

All videos are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales license.

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If possible, please use a .torrent from the Primary Mirror in preference to the HTTP mirrors. The .torrent contains versions in the following formats: Ogg Theora (high, medium, and low quality), and Ogg Speex.

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8 Responses to “Free Software in Ethics and Society – Richard Stallman – Manchester 1st May”

  1. [...] those who couldn’t make the talk, I recorded it in full (with questions) and, with the help of Tim Dobson from the Manchester Free Software group, have made this available on-line. Where possible, we’d prefer you obtain the video from the [...]

  2. [...] new talk is warmly recommended to all. As one who attended it, I can say that it was memorable and [...]

  3. [...] Stallman held a speech (video available) about Free Software in Ethics and Practice in [...]

  4. [...] Manchester Free Software has published a video of the recent speech by Richard Stallman in Manchester about the free software movement; its two and half hours long, the last hour being questions which are particularly interesting for me. [...]

  5. [...] – Link to the webpage with video links: Here. [...]

  6. [...] Free Software in Ethics and Society – Richard Stallman – Manchester 1st May a 2.5 hour video (not for the faint hearted) on free and open source software. Tenuous links to ethical issues IMO, but very pertinent to the changing nature of society. (tags: ethics foss free opensource philosophy stallman) [...]

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